This year, the Austrian Open Source award "Open Minds Awards" was awarded for the first time to ten IT projects from the Open Source Area. Peter Kraker has received the Open Minds Award in the Open Software category with his “Open Knowledge Maps” initiative.

Together with Linuxwochen, Open Knowledge Austria and IoT Austria, the association Drupal Austria awarded the Open Minds Awards for the first time in 2017. Not only should these awards highlight particularly innovative IT projects, but also lay the foundation for exchange and communication between open source communities. The prize was awarded in the categories Open Data, Open Software, Open Hardware, Youth, Diversity and Drupal.

The winning project in the category “Open Software” is Open Knowledge Maps,  a search engine for scientific articles. As the founder and chairman of Open Knowledge Maps, Peter Kraker received the award on behalf of the project team on September 26, 2017. In his acceptance speech, Peter emphasized the collaborative and voluntary nature of the project and thanked the international community of Open Knowledge Maps – the team, consultants, partners and users – for their incredible performance and support. As a former researcher and post-doc at Know-Center, Peter Kraker has laid the foundation for “Open Knowledge Maps” at the Know-Center and set up his own business with a not-for-profit organization of the same name. There is ongoing cooperation between Open Knowledge Maps and Know-Center, which also is an official partner of the initiative.

Here you will find the follow-up report (in German only) to the award ceremony.

More information about Open Knowledge Maps can be found here.