Packt is re-launching its annual Award as the Open Source Awards this year and while reading this may catch some off guard, those who are familiar with Packt’s values will recognize that this is a move that allows us to encourage, support, recognize and reward not only Content Management Systems but all Open Source projects, benefiting the Open Source community as a whole.
We have given a lot of thought to the changes we intend to put in place, and we feel this will enable Packt to further its support for projects both new and old.
So what are the changes?
Well firstly, I would like to ensure you all that the 2010 Open Source Awards is not a complete shift from the previous awards. The Open Source CMS Award will continue to be a mainstay, where, CMSes contest to be named the best in the field. This year we expect an even tighter contest and we hope that members of the Open Source community provide their support and help in deciding the winner.
In addition to the CMS award, the Hall of Fame CMS Award returns and this year, we will have three projects in the running for the award; Joomla!, Drupal and 2009’s winner, WordPress. The award is reserved for those CMSes that have won the award at least once in previous years and it will be a tight contest between the three projects as all have grown substantially in the past 12 months.
For the 2010 Open Source Awards, we will be introducing four new categories.
The Most Promising Open Source Project Award has been opened up for all eligible Open Source projects to enter. This category is for all Open Source projects, whose first release date is less than two years from 9th August, 2010.
Now I know some of you may be wondering how one compares one Open Source project with another that has a completely different purpose and community following. Well, not only will Packt ensure that the judges of this award will be a mixed selection of important Open Source figures but they will be also provided with a thorough judging criterion. The public will continue to vote in this category to ensure that, you, the Open Source community has its say.
The Open Source E-Commerce Applications Award is a new category reserved for the type of web applications that simplify the buying and selling of products on the Internet. Packt will be awarding the best e-commerce application or plug-in that serves the Open Source community with the help of a panel of industry judges and supplemented by the public vote.
The Open Source Graphics Software Award is a new category that, as the name suggests, is reserved for all graphic application software that is used for graphic design, multimedia development, specialized image development, general image editing, or simply to access graphic files. The judges for this award will be well-respected graphics software authorities and architects who have a huge passion for graphic software.
I believe that these categories allow Packt to recognize and reward Open Source projects across the board. Through the Most Promising Open Source Project Award, we will continue to encourage new projects to grow and receive support through generous prize funds that can make a real difference for nascent projects to reach higher plateaus.
As you may know, Packt specializes in publishing books that share the experiences of fellow IT professionals, however we also ensure that we play our part in the growth of Open Source software and see the annual Award as the ultimate platform for not only appreciating the great things projects have given back to the community but also supporting projects who have future potential to change things for the better. As usual we’re very open to feedback and if you have any, we’d love to hear from you.
The first step in the 2010 Open Source Awards is the public vote for nominees which begins on 9th August 2010. Packt is interested in who you think should be the finalists selected for each of the categories and is looking for nominees that will battle it out to be named the winner. As usual we’re very open to feedback and if you have any, we’d love to hear from you.
For more information on the prize fund and the 2010 Open Source Awards Rules, please visit: www.packtpub.com/open-source-awards-home