30 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 30, 2019


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

ED: Leah Silen

Board Members not Attending: N/A

Approval of Minutes from last meeting: Approved 6-0-0

Resolutions Voted on by Email or Github: N/A

Executive Director’s Report:

Google is working with PullRequest to provide code review to nonprofits as part of this year’s GoogleServe. We’ve shared https://www.pullrequest.com/googleserve/ with our projects to see if they’re interested in benefiting from code review.

One of our projects is considering entering into an arrangement with a third party that would provide advertising in exchange for commission. We need more information about the details of the arrangement before NumFOCUS can decide whether or not to provide support.

NumFOCUS has hired Terry Foor as its Development Director.

Project Grant Proposals for NASA are nearly complete and will be finished by the end of this week.

Discussion Items:

a. PSL’s Application for Fiscal Sponsorship

The board had questions about the openness of the project, related both to 
licensing and the size of the user and contributor base. We voted to
reject the application for fiscal sponsorship. We think that PSL may 
be a good fit for Affiliated Project status. James and Katrina
will reach out to PSL to learn more about their licensing choices as
well as to talk to them about the possibility of becoming an
Affiliated Project.

b. PySAL’s Application for Affiliated Status - Tabled.

c. Affiliated Project Application - Signac

We received an Affiliated Project Application from Signac. Stéfan will
serve as the champion for their application.


a. Rejected PSL application for fiscal sponsorship: 0-5-0