20 Oct 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”).

October 20, 2020


Board Members: Jane Herriman, Katrina Riehl, Sylvain Corlay, Andy Terrel, Lorena Barba, Stefan van der Walt, James Powell (joined late)

Executive Director: Leah Silen

Not attending: N/A

Email/Github Voting: N/A

Executive Director’s Report: N/A


a. Interview with prospective Open Source Developer Advocate for NF

b. Quarterly strategic planning:

i.  Academy platform

    1.  Some projects are waiting to put content on NF Academy
        platform, including Julia and QuantEcon.

ii. Budget impacts

    Jim will reconcile the budget and expenses this week.

iii. Event planning during the pandemic

    1.  Upcoming PyData (PyData Global) is next month.

    2.  We want to put together “Lessons learned” from online
        conferences for (likely) another year of pandemic

        a.  Registration period needs to end prior to the start of
            online events (to avoid being overwhelmed by registrants 
            experiencing technical difficulties during the event).

        b.  Deadlines for content have to be communicated clearly.
            More advance preparation is required; speakers can’t
            be tweaking slides the day of the event, for example.

        c.  We also want to communicate expectations for when e.g.
            video content will be available for speakers. Video
            content takes prep and isn’t instantaneously

        d.  Discussion about working with IBL