11 Feb 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”).

February 11, 2020


Board Members: James Powell, Jane Herriman, Katrina Riehl, Andy Terrel, Stéfan van der Walt

ED: Leah Silen

Not attending: Sylvain Corlay, Lorena Barba

Email/Github Voting: N/A

Executive Director’s Report: No report for this meeting

a. Annual Report was posted.

b. Highlights from the advisory council meeting – The council was happy with the annual report and had ideas for how to boost corporate funding.

Discussion Items:

a. Voting on Proposed 2020 Budget - Approved (5-0-0)

i.  Small development grants increased to \$150K from \$85K in 2019.

ii. Conservative estimates are given for some income sources such as
     potential grants and Jupytercon.	

b. Off-cycle SDG Proposal from FEniCS: Approved (5-0-0)

i.    We have funded this for the past 3 years but it isn’t included
      in the budget under scholarships

ii.   2400 USD requested would come from 15K USD reserved for
      off-cycle SDG funds

iii.  Funds would enable attendees to get to contributor sprint.

c. Inactive Affiliated projects

Need to add the criteria used for determining inactivity to the website.

c. New Project Applications

i.   CB-Geo MPM

ii.  Scikit-learn
   Decided to ask them to make governance model for funding
   decisions more explicit (to us/on their website).

iii. Lifelines

    Deferred voting, with intent to reach out to applicant about 
    developer base and intent to grow. We have concerns about 
    openness, given it is primarily developed by one persion.

iv.  All other projects have champions.