16 June 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”).

June 16, 2020


Board Members: Jane Herriman, Andy Terrel, Lorena Barba, James Powell (joined 11:40 CST), Stéfan van der Walt

Executive Director: Leah Silen

Not attending: Katrina Riehl, Sylvain Corlay

Email/Github Voting:

May 5 minutes – Approved 4-0-0

June 2 minutes – Votes needed.

Executive Director’s Report:

An external organization/project (an open source project tied to a new company) wants to use “pydata” in naming their code base. We do have several code bases/projects within the pydata. We plan to require organizations/projects be affiliated with us in order to use our trademark.

The company from which NF has rented its office space is closing. For the time being NF will go without an office in Austin (at least while people are not comfortable working in a shared space anyways), and Leah will put NF furniture in storage.

Leah has been looking into solutions to improve our financial administration system, but we are concerned that there is already too much going on and in flux with the pandemic and upcoming virtual events.

Discussion Items:

a. Project Applications Still Pending

i.  Sponsored

    1.  OpenMBEE -

        We want to support this project, particularly because it comes from a
        space where OSS is less common. We have decided to accept them for a
        fixed-term with re-evaluation in two years to ensure that they have
        continued to grow in a way that is consistent with NF criteria.
        Approved for 2 years (4-0-0).

    2.  BentoML -

        The BentoML community is drafting governance documents, expected to be
        done within a few weeks. Let’s table until we receive those documents.

b. Request to use PyData in a GitHub Organization Name - pydata-statgen

We've decided they need to apply for affiliated status first, and
be approved.

c. New/Finalized Name for Learning Platform: NumFOCUS Academy

d. (TABLED from last meeting) Discussions on current affiliated projects\

Should we look at current affiliated projects that may not satisfy
the criterias?

e. (TABLED) NF Job Board - suggestion from Stefan