LOU SEBERT LITERARY AWARD
(in honour of the late L.M. Sebert)
Background: A suggestion for a literary award was made by L.M. Sebert
at the June 27, 2002, meeting of the Canadian Institute of Geomatics
(CIG) Publications Committee. He suggested giving some consideration
to consolidating existing awards, and to creating a “Geomatica
Literary Award,” which may or may not be awarded each year, depending
on there being deserving nominations for the award. Lou died suddenly
on August 1, 2002, before he was able to draft criteria for discussion.
The Publications Committee has since established this award, naming it
the Lou Sebert Literary Award.
Purpose: To recognize and encourage literary excellence in the field
of geomatics, and to promote and support geomatics in Canada.
Award: A plaque and a certificate will be presented to the award-winner,
and that person’s work will be highlighted in four consecutive
issues of Geomatica.
Frequency of Award: The award may, or may not, be granted each year,
depending on there being a suitable nomination. Although it would be
an unusual circumstance, if two pieces of exceptional work were to be
nominated, at the judges’ discretion, the author of the second-place
work may receive an Honourable Mention, also accompanied by a plaque
Eligibility Criteria: For a literary work to be considered for the award,
- be a significant and already published work in either French or English,
or both, in the order of 20,000 words as an approximate minimum;
- be published within the two calendar years previous to the year
of the award or published in the year of the award;
- be about some field of geomatics; and
- be written by a Canadian author or about a Canadian geomatics subject.
Judging Criteria: Eligible candidates
for the Award should be judged on:
- Literary excellence.
- Technical/scientific value to the geomatics community, if the work
is on a technical/scientific topic.
- Interest to readers both within and outside of the geomatics community,
if the work is historical, biographical, or otherwise largely non-technical.
Judges: CIG will maintain a list of judges from which three judges
could be called upon, as needed, to judge a work. The list will
people as the heads of geomatics departments and the English and
French departments of Canadian universities.
Nominations: Written nominations for works to be considered for the
award should be mailed to: Canadian Institute of Geomatics, 900 Dynes
Road, Suite 100 D, Ottawa, Ontario K2C 3L6. Authors may nominate their
own works, as may another party. The nominator is required to write a
short essay of 500-1000 words explaining why he or she considers the
work to be exceptional and thus worth.