8 August 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”).
August 8, 2019
Board Members: Andy Terrel, Lorena Barba, James Powell, Jane Herriman
ED: Leah Silen
Board Members not attending: Katrina Riehl, Stéfan van der Walt, Sylvain Corlay
Approval of Minutes from last meeting:
June 27 minutes: Approved 4-0-0
Vote on July 25 minutes: Not yet voted
Resolutions Voted on by Email or Github: N/A
We are slightly behind our projected revenue at the end of Q2, primarily due to the number of grants brought in so far. Several of our projects will soon be applying for funds from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and we are optimistic the number of incoming grants will pick up shortly.
Executive Director’s Report:
Onboarding for Dask as a NF project went very smoothly. They are interested in possibly seeking funding in partnership with other NF projects. We’ll be trying out Github’s Sponsor Program, which is being designed to help facilitate donations to open source projects through organizations like NumFOCUS. Planning for the NumFOCUS Summit is coming along. Summit dates will be from November 1 to November 4 and we will likely secure some external funding to help with project travel.
a. Update on PSL
PSL has accepted the invitation to be an Affiliated Project.
b. Affiliated Project Applications
i. [*Effective Quadratures*]: Andy has submitted a Github issue where we can vote on this project. ii. [*UMAP*]: Tabled for next week. iii. Dataknots.jl: We are waiting to receive more information from this project.
c. Funding from Preferred Solutions Provider Agreements
Funding received from these agreements should be allocated to the NumFOCUS general budget.
d. Creation of Small Dev Grant Review Committee
i. Who should the members be? We would like to form committees from project members. Disallowing projects who have members on the committee from applying was suggested, but we agreed it would be better to have committee members recuse themselves from voting on their own project. We would like to have either a Board member or a past Board member involved as a Chair. We would like to create a call/application to join the SDG Review Committee and also to chair. Fields to be included: name, project affiliation, reason for wishing to join the review committee. We have not yet determined what the default tenure on the committee will be. We suggested one year with the option to roll on/off as needed.
i. Who will reach out to them?
We will use the NF newsletter to broadcast the call for participation. Also Twitter?
e. We have a new (individual) sponsor who would like to join the Advisory Board. The Board is open to integrating this person more into NF activities but has decided to table exactly how to involve/recognize this person’s contributions.