Starting Monday July 16, Packt Publishing will be accepting nominations for their 2007 Open Source Content Management System Award. Last year, I had fun watching closely as the top five open source CMS were nominated and I even made some predictions for which projects would be declared the winners. This year, I'm also honored to announce that I have been selected as a judge for the Overall Winner category!
That's right, while I have my favorites when it comes to CMS, it looks as if I've proven myself to be non-bias and open-minded enough to be on the jury. Ironically, I'm not the only one from Sioux Falls, South Dakota that will be on the judging panel. Deane Barker, Gadgetopia and Blend Interactive, has also been selected as a judge for the social networking category. Evidently, the long winter months in this part of the country has given us too much time to talk and discuss various topics such as technology, content management systems, and innovation. Then again, it's also possible Sioux Falls is a lot more forward-thinking then people typically give credit to the city. Either way, neither Deane or myself know anyone from Fargo.
If you recall, this is the award that last year, Joomla was declared by the judges as the winner, with Drupal in second place, followed by Plone in third place. Different this year then in 2006 is that the CMS projects may be nominated by various categories and more prize money is being offered.