1 Aug 2018
Minutes of a Joint Meeting of the Board of Directors and Advisory Board of Directors of NumFOCUS. All votes are reported in the form “(Y/N/A)” (in favor-Y‚ opposed-N‚ abstentions-A; e.g. “4-1-2” means “4 in favor, 1 opposed, and 2 abstentions”).
Participating: (Board) Jennifer Klay, Ralf Gommers, Andy Terrel, Didrik Pinte, (Advisory Board) Jason Grout, Matt Greenwood, Stefan Karpinski, Brian Granger, (Staff) Leah Silen
Not Attending: (Board) Lorena Barba
Approval of Minutes from last meeting: -
Items voted on by Email: Approving Xarray’s fiscal sponsorship application. Approved (4/0/0)
1. Welcome new members
Jason Grout (Bloomberg) and Shahrokh Mortazavi (Microsoft) were welcomed as new Advisory Council members.
2. Selecting new Board members
Blog on new procedure: https://numfocus.org/blog/numfocus-to-hold-2018-elections-for-board-of-directors
Discussion on how to explain the election/selection process and how transparent to be (e.g. do we publish vote totals?). The suggestion to make clear it’s a selection, not an election, and therefore call the vote a “request for input” is made.
3. Evolution of Programs
Andy is joining the NF staff: https://numfocus.org/blog/numfocus-hires-andy-terrel-new-initiatives
4. Current Programs
- PyData: update given
- Sustainability Workshop
- Awards Dinner
- Project Forum for Critical Users & Core Developers: https://numfocus.org/forum2018
New Fiscally Sponsored Projects:
- Conda-forge (pending)
A new Prospectus is available: https://numfocus.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/NumFOCUS-Corporate-Sponsorship-Brochure.pdf
Updates to the NumFOCUS Code of Conduct have been recommended.
5. Q2 Financial Report
An overview is presented.
Jupyter starting committee to look into governance. Need 3-4 people to spend 3-4 hours a week to evaluate governance of Jupyter. Might be applicable to other groups.
Funding / Governance discussion:
PIs at Universities often have a conflict of interest if accept money from NumFOCUS
Grants given to university members that isn’t tied to the governance of the project
Community money much easier to give to entity like NumFOCUS than hiring
Bryan signals that NF needs to be careful with the independent contractor model. A key criterion for a conflict of interest is whether a person is involved in the two legal entities that exchange money.
Summit: an update of preparation for the Summit is given