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.
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 status. 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.