28 Jan 2020
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”).
January 28, 2020
Board Members: Lorena Barba, James Powell, Jane Herriman, Katrina Riehl, Andy Terrel, Sylvain Corlay
ED: Leah Silen
Not attending: Stéfan van der Walt
Email/Github Voting: N/A
Executive Director’s Report:
a. Annual Report made available.
b. Proposed 2020 Budget made available. Note that SDG amount needs to be approved ASAP.
a. Possibility of compensating Chair of DISC committee
Gina had proposed providing compensation to the DISC Chair to show that we value diversity efforts. We discussed the pros and cons of providing compensation, given that we are largely a volunteer organization and other similar positions are not compensated. We also discussed alternative forms of recognition or resources we might provide. However, as we do not currently have funding for this, we decided to table the issue until we have a more concrete proposal and way forward.
b. Server Credits
Rackspace has given us two additioanl years of access to their cloud services. Generally, access to server credits/cloud services will be managed through a NF account; Leah will survey projects and determine usage needs as resources become available.
c. Request for a mac-mini with remote GUI access
Tom Caswell requested that we rent a mac that could be shared across several projects. We discussed this and instead proposed that Matplotlib treat this as a SDG to avoid administrative overhead in managing such resources.
d. Tabled Affiliated Project Applications
i. PyVISA: Rejected (0 / 5 / 0) ii. AiiDA: Approved (4 / 0 / 0) iii. Networkx: Approved (4 / 0 / 0)
e. New Project Applications
i. Received several new project applications to be reviewed before Feb. 11 meeting. ii. Board members were asked to sign up to champion.