21 March 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”).

March 21, 2019


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

ED: Leah Silen

Board Members Not Attending: Andy Terrel, Katrina Riehl

Introduction: Sam Brice, visiting Fellow from Two Sigma

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

Resolutions Voted on by Email or Github: NA

Executive Director’s Report:

Discussion Items:

a. CVPM - Affiliated

This project provides a package manager with a focus on 	 computer vision. It's not clear if they're scientifically 
oriented enough to align with our mission, given how young 
the project is. We voted (5-0-0) to reject CVPM for now, 
encouraging them to reapply in a year or later, once the 
project has matured.

b. Pvlib - Affiliated

This is a straightforward fit. It is scientifically 
oriented, open, and kind. We voted 5-0-0 to accept pvlib 
as an Affiliated project.

c. John Hunter Fellowship Update

We came up with a plan to have a committee determine the 
structure/format of the fellowship prior to SciPy 2019 (in 
July) so that the new structure of the fellowship can be 
formally announced there, at which time the application 
will open. Additionally, previous winners of the 
fellowship can be recognized at SciPy 2019. Winners for 
the upcoming cycle will be announced likely in Fall 2019 
and recognized at SciPy 2020.

*Target*: Leah will identify core committee members by 
next Board meeting on April 4. Ideally the committee will 
be gender balanced and consist of 3 to 5 people.

d. Corporate Sponsorship Discussion from Advisory Council Meeting

We decided to table this topic until we get our new staff 
member to help make decisions about corporate sponsorship 
structures. The exception is that restructuring PyData 
benefits should happen in the short term.

e. 2018 Annual Report

The Annual Report is almost ready but not live yet. We 
will put out a call to the projects for a new cover photo.