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

Email/Github Voting:

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.

Discussion Items:

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.