[CLUG-chat] APC Chris Nicol Floss prize for 2007

Bretton Vine bretton at hivemind.net
Tue Aug 29 13:13:03 SAST 2006


APC boosts Floss
http://www.itweb.co.za/sections/software/2006/0608281402.asp

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) has opened the APC
Chris Nicol Floss prize for 2007.

The $4 000 biennial award provides recognition for individuals or groups of
people making it easier for ordinary computer users to use free, libre open
source software (Floss), APC says in a media statement.

“We are looking for people who improve the accessibility to, knowledge of
and/or usability of [Floss], are user-oriented and have documented their
work so that others can replicate their model,” it says.

For a project to be in the running for the prize, it has to incorporate the
concept of accessibility, meaning it makes existing difficult-to-use
software more user-friendly. Participating projects must also have produced
a manual or instructions that make it easy to start using OSS or have
organised training for particular groups of people, who otherwise would not
be using it, APC says.

The project should also have demonstrable impact and have increased the
number of people using Floss on a day-to-day basis, it says.

Deadline for nominations is 30 March 2007. The prize is open to any person
or group anywhere in the world that supports or promotes user-oriented Floss.

The award was established in honour of Chris Nicol, a long-time Floss
advocate and former APC board member. Nicol died of cancer in August 2005.

Application forms to enter the competition are available on the APC Web site:

 http://www.apc.org/english/chrisnicol

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