21 Feb 2019

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”).

February 21, 2019


Board members: Jane Herriman, Katrina Riehl, Sylvain Corlay, Stéfan van der Walt, Lorena Barba, James Powell, Andy Terrel

ED: Leah Silen

Board Members Not Attending: NA

Approval of Minutes from last meeting: Approved 4-0-0

Resolutions Voted on by Email or Github: NA

Executive Director’s Report:

Sylvain and Leah had a call with both our French and US attorneys to further the establishment of NumFOCUS EU. A translation of the bylaws into French has been drafted, and our attorneys are looking into the pros and cons of forming related or unrelated organizations (such as the ease of fund transfer between the US and EU organizations).

Discussion Items:

a. Tabled from Last Meeting

i.  SciPy’s Application for Fiscal Sponsorship

    We discussed the auspices under which SciPy might join      
    NumFOCUS and the breadth/extent of the SciPy 
    organization/project. Further discussion is
    required, and the topic has been tabled for our next meeting.

ii.  Strategic Direction - vision, mission, values:

     We discussed the need for a few rewords in the 
     "Strategic Direction" draft. The issue has been tabled 
     until next meeting, after certain updates have been made.

iii.  Corporate Sponsorship Updates

b. Recap of NF EU Call with US and French Attorneys - Leah/Sylvain

This was covered under the ED report.

c. John Hunter Technology Fellowship 2019

Last year Matplotlib ran a summer fellowship for 2 students 
led by a mentor.

We approved (7-0-0) spending 20K USD on this program, with 
the exact structure of the fellowship to be determined at a 
later date.

d. Board representatives are needed for the following:

i.  Bylaws Revisions/Updates: James Powell volunteers 
    (& Sylvain Corlay)

ii. 2019 NF Summit Committee: Katrina Riehl & Andy 
    Terrel volunteer

e. We have an upcoming Moore Foundation Call to discuss the ideas Moore has proposed for 2019 grants.

New Project Applications

a. DONUT - Champion: Jane

b. pvlib - Champion: Stéfan


a. (7-0-0) $20K to John Hunter Technology Fellowship 2019