[Linux-aus] Australia Honours

David Jorm djorm at redhat.com
Mon Jul 1 11:12:13 EST 2013

> Hi,
> It occurs to me that there is sometimes sufficient credit within the
> open source community for personal contributions to open source but less
> recognition to the wider Australian community at large.
> The Australian Honours system provides such recognition in the honours
> rank of Member of the Order (AM), "for service in a particular
> locality or field of activity or to a particular group;" and
> Medal of the Order (OAM) – "for service worthy of particular
> recognition.". Looking at the previous recipients I can't see why a
> number of open source contributors wouldn't meet at least these two levels.
> Its a long process 18 months to two years before final approval.

I think this is a good idea, but the amount of work required to submit a nomination is quite substantial. I have been involved in the successful nomination of someone for an OAM, and it was a long and slow process.


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