27 June 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”).

June 27, 2019


Board Members: Jane Herriman, Andy Terrel, Katrina Riehl, James Powell, Stéfan van der Walt, Lorena Barba, 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: N/A

Executive Director’s Report:

NumFOCUS Summit dates and location have been confirmed: We’ll be at Microsoft in NYC from November 2-3.

NumFOCUS recently had its third project-staff call. Highlights of the most recent call included Summit Logistics, setting up a European NumFOCUS shop for NF merchandise, and creating PEX cards for projects, which would provide projects prepaid cards to make purchases as an alternative to borrowing the NF credit card.

Discussion Items:

a. PSL update

James, Katrina, and Leah had a call with PSL to gain additional
information about the project and its degree of openness. PSL shared a
list of contributors and users that is not publicly visible on GitHub.
We may wish to revisit our decision to reject PSL as a fiscally
sponsored project in light of new information. We still have concerns
about the degree of openness of the project; while we now understand that
the project is much larger and more impactful than we originally
believed, much of that information is not easily accessible.

b. Clawpack Affiliated Project Application:

Clawpack, the "Conservation Laws Package", has applied for Affiliated
Project status. Lorena will champion the project/review the application
before our next meeting.

c. Updates on ongoing efforts

i. NumFOCUS education platform

   Efforts to push forward a platform to teach NumFOCUS tools to new
   users are effectively on hold because of a lack of manpower. Andy
   had been championing the platform prior to returning to volunteer 

ii. Preferred Provider Agreement

    We are moving forward with setting up our first Preferred Provider 
    Agreement with Quansight.

d. JetBrain sponsorship

We are in dialogue with JetBrain, a software company whose products are 
used by multiple NumFOCUS projects, about an offer from them to provide
NumFOCUS projects with free licenses.