12 December 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”).
December 12, 2019
Board Members: Lorena Barba (late arrival), James Powell, Jane Herriman, Stéfan van der Walt, Katrina Riehl, Sylvain Corlay (late arrival)
ED: Leah Silen
Not attending: Andy Terrel
Minutes from previous meetings:
i. Oct 17 minutes: Approved 4-0-0 ii. Nov 14 minutes: Approved 5-0-0
Executive Director’s Report:
a. NumFOCUS is currently seeking a new chair for the DISC committee. Gina recommended that we consider compensating the chair for their time. This suggestion has been tabled until we have a 2020 budget. b. NumFOCUS will be creating a Developer Advocate Position to replace the Communications Director role. This position will include some of Gina’s work in communications but may also provide some technical support to projects. The Board discussed today the degree to which technical expertise is important in this new position. We tabled voting on this job post until after further edits to the post have been made over email.
a. Trademark Opposition Update
b. Updated Project Application Criteria on the Website
c. Project Applications
i. Fiscal sponsorship a. Summer school request by Nelle Varoquaux: Approved (5-0-0) b. MDAnalysis: Approved (4-0-0) c. Scikit-image: Approved (5-0-1) iv. Affiliated -- TABLED for email vote a. AiiDA - Champion: Katrina b. PyVISA - Champion: stefan c. Networkx - Champion: Andy
d. Financial Systems Review
We are going to do more auditing of our financial systems and work to improve transparency in response to recent concerns. Katrina is going to review how our financial systems work and provide more oversight.