16 May 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”).

May 16, 2019


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

ED: Leah Silen

Board Members not Attending: N/A

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

Resolutions Voted on by Email or Github: Shogun Grant Proposal – Approved 5-0-0

Executive Director’s Report: No additional information added since last week’s report.

Discussion Items:

a. Bylaws

Changes to the bylaws include clarifications of and minor changes to
Board voting procedures. For example, most resolutions can henceforth
be approved with a simple majority of the Board (whereas previously,
the number of Board members needed to approve a resolution was
hard-coded in the bylaws). We discussed the possibility of defining
“open source” as holding an OSI-approved license. For now, the Board
deems this specification unnecessary and has ratified the updated Bylaws.

b. Preferred Solutions Provider Agreement Draft

NumFOCUS has drafted a “Preferred Solutions Provider Agreement”
wherein NumFOCUS would refer potential clients to preferred solutions
providers, who would then pay NumFOCUS 10% of gross
revenue resulting from a successful referral. We discussed how we
should define “Preferred Solution Providers”; for example, by
requiring an endorsement from one or more projects for that solution
provider. Stéfan will create a draft of a document outlining what it
means to be a Preferred Solution Provider, with help from Sylvain and

c. NASA Possible Funding Opportunities - Lorena

Possibilities include funding a sprint for projects that are
especially of interest to NASA, which would help potentially attract
new contributors to those projects.


a. Ratification of NumFOCUS proposed bylaws: Approved

b. Shogun grant proposal: Approved 5-0-0