3 Nov 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”).

November 3, 2020


Board Members: Jane Herriman, Katrina Riehl, Sylvain Corlay, Andy Terrel, Lorena Barba, Stefan van der Walt

Executive Director: Leah Silen

Not attending: James Powell?

Email/Github Voting:

Outstanding minutes needing votes from 6/30, 10/6, and 10/20.

Executive Director’s Report: N/A


  1. Code of Conduct incident from JupyterCon

The Board discussed a CoC incident escalated from the JupyterCon committee.

This conversation has opened dicussions about the degree to which the Board should be involved in enforcing CoCs that differ from the NF CoC (such as event-specific CoCs), how CoCs sometimes include both aspirational behavior and required behavior without clearly distinguishing the two, and how a focus on enforcement rather than prevention of bad behavior can sometimes inadvertently create less welcoming environments.

  1. Developer Advocate role

Leah reached out to the references of our lead candiate for the Developer Advocate role and received strongly positive feedback.

  1. Off-cycle funding request from Gensim

We received an off-cycle funding request from Gensim for $3,500 for a website redesign to be ready in time for a 4.0.0 major release this month.

Approved 4-0-0.

  1. Q4 project application review

It's time for Q4 project application reviews. So far we've received 11 Affiliated project applications and 3 Sponsored project applications. Notifications are due on December 7. Discussions will take place at our next two board meetings on Nov 17 and Dec 1.