Packt launches its sixth annual Open Source Awards

The 2011 Open Source Awards was launched today by Packt, inviting people to visit and submit nominations for their favorite Open Source project. Now in its sixth year, the Awards continue in its aim of encouraging, supporting, recognizing and rewarding all Open Source projects.

The 2010 Open Source Award Winners included the Open Source Content Management System (CMS) Award winner CMS Made Simple, Open Source JavaScript Libraries Award winner jQuery and Pimcore the winner of the Most Promising Open Source Project Award.

The 2011 Awards will feature a prize fund of $24,000 with several new categories introduced and the vote of the public becoming more influential. This year all CMS projects will compete in an even tighter contest in the Open Source CMS Award category with the now defunct Hall of Fame CMS finalists re-entered into the CMS category. Projects such as Drupal and Joomla! will face off with CMS Made Simple and MODx for the first time since 2008.

While the Most Promising Open Source Project and the Open Source JavaScript Libraries categories will be back for a second year, Packt is introducing new categories for Open Source Business Applications, Open Source Multimedia Software and Open Source Mobile Toolkit and Libraries. These new categories will ensure that the Open Source Awards remain committed to providing the platform to recognise excellence within the community while supporting Open Source projects both new and old.

“We’ve managed to continue to provide new levels of accessibility for Open Source projects, while encouraging a more competitive nature in the contest by increasing the public votes influence. Additionally, we thought it would be a great idea to reward more projects thus we’ve introduced sub-category awards across a number of the categories during the voting stage. We expect the Awards this year to be bigger and better.” said Julian Copes, organizer of this year’s Awards.

Packt has opened up nominations for people to submit their favorite Open Source projects for each category at . The top five in each category will go through to the final, which begins mid-September. For more information on the categories, read Packt’s recent announcement: