-- Yet Another Society, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation for the advancement of collaborative efforts in computer and information sciences, today announced the formation of the Perl Foundation as an internal unit dedicated to the Perl programming language. The Foundation will consolidates responsibility and authority for the Perl Mongers users groups organization, perlmonks.org, perl.org, the Perl Development Grants, the international Yet Another Perl Conferences, and copyright issues regarding Parrot and Perl 6.
The Perl Foundation is opening with a campaign to raise US$175,000 for two 2002 Perl Development Grants, to be awarded to Dan Sugalski and Dr. Damian Conway for the ongoing work in Perl, including development of Perl 6. The grants will each be a total of US$80,000: US$60,000 stipend, with US$20,000 for travel. US$15,000 is assigned for administrative overhead.
The first Perl Development Grant was awarded to Dr. Conway by the Yet Another Society in 2001, when a individuals and corporate sponsors made it possible. Individual and small companies accounted for nearly half the US$75,000 award. The list of contributors, as well as the work produced under the grant, are at http://yetanother.org/damian. BlackStar, Morgan Stanley, VA Linux, Manning Publications, O'Reilly and Associates, and Stonehenge Consulting also made major contributions.