[FSFE PR][EN] [GNU/FSF Press] New Free Software Award for Projects of Social Benefit

John Sullivan johns at fsf.org
Fri Oct 14 22:04:05 CEST 2005

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) announces the creation of a new
annual award, and a call for nominations:

"Free Software Award for Projects of Social Benefit"

This award is presented to the project or team responsible for
applying free software, or the ideas of the free software movement, in
a project that intentionally and significantly benefits society in
other aspects of life.

We look to recognize projects or teams that encourage collaboration to
accomplish social tasks. A long-term commitment to one's project (or
the potential for a long-term commitment) is crucial to this end.

This award stresses the use of free software in the service of
humanity.  We have deliberately chosen this broad criterion so that
many different areas of activity can be considered. However, one area
that is not included is that of free software itself.  Projects with a
primary goal of promoting or advancing free software are not eligible
for this award (we honor those projects with our annual Award for the
Advancement of Free Software

We will consider any project or team that uses free software or its
philosophy to address a goal important to society. To qualify, a
project must use free software, produce free documentation, or use the
idea of free software as defined in the Free Software Definition
<http://www.fsf.org/licensing/essays/free-sw.html>. Work done
commercially is eligible, but we will give this award to the project
or team who best utilizes resources for society's greater benefit.

Please send your nominations to <award-nominations at gnu.org>, on or
before Monday 30 November 2005. Please submit nominations in the
following format:

    * Put the name of the project or team you are nominating in the
      email message subject line.

    * Please include, in the body of your message, an explanation (40
      lines or less) of the project, how it uses free software or free
      software ideas, and why you think it is especially important to

    * Please state, in the body of your message, where to find the
      materials (e.g., software, manuals, or writing) which your
      nomination is based on.

We will announce the members of the 2005 award committee shortly.

John Sullivan
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