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.

Discussion Items:

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.