20 Dec 2018
Minutes of a Regular Meeting of the 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”).
December 20, 2018
Board members: Jane Herriman, Katrina Riehl, Lorena Barba, James Powell, Andy Terrel, Sylvain Corlay
ED: Leah Silen
Board Members Not Attending: Stéfan van der Walt
Approval of Minutes from last meetings: Approved 5-0-0
**Resolutions Voted on by Email or Github: **
a. Approval of ArviZ as an Affiliated Project: 7-0-0
b. Approval of Blosc Grant Request: 6-0-0
**Executive Director’s Report: **
We discussed the state of incoming and prospective sponsorships and grants.
a. New Project Applications:
We discussed three new project applications – CuPy (Affiliated), Chainer (Affiliated), and MathJax (Sponsored). In particular, we discussed concerns about the openness and transparency of governance models of CuPy and Chainer.
b) Project/member survey:
We discussed the creation of a survey to gauge NumFOCUS project and member satisfaction. Once created, the survey will be distributed with some TBD frequency to gauge the impact of measures to improve member/project satisfaction.
a. CuPy and Chainer – each approved conditionally* as Affiliated projects 5-0-1
- NumFOCUS will follow up with CuPy and Chainer in six months (~mid June 2019) and the board will review progress made by these projects on better defining their governance structures and improving project openness (i.e. involving contributors from outside Preferred Networks).
b. MathJax – approved as Sponsored project 6-0-0
– Gina will put together the survey discussed by the end of January so that the board can review and determine polling frequency.
– Our next meeting will be January 10.
– Leah will drive review of progress from CuPy and Chainer in mid-June 2019.