12 Jan 2021

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 12, 2020


Board Members: Jane Herriman, Katrina Riehl, Stefan van der Walt, Andy Terrel

Executive Director: Leah Silen

Not attending: Sylvain Corlay, James Powell

Email/Github Voting:

a. Minutes

Still awaiting votes for Nov. 3, Nov. 17, Dec. 1, and Dec. 15 minutes.

a. SDG Off-Cycle funding request from mlpack

Approved 5-0-0

Executive Director’s Report:

The EOY campaign raised a total of $71,679 from 475 donors, and we received another $75K in matching from Tesco, Aetna/CVS, and Google.

Coiled became a NF silver sponsor.

We need more information on Anaconda’s Dividend Program to better understand the information they will want from us.


a. SDG Review Process Moving Forward - Proposal (formerly tabled)

i.  The major change in the new proposal is that the Board would
    select program managers to approve/reject the recommendations
    of the SDG committee rather than directly approving/rejecting
    the recommendations.

ii. Approved 4-0-0.

b. Affiliated Project Selection Process (formerly tabled)

i.  Andy and Leah will draft a proposal outlining the formation of a
    committee that will process new affiliated project

ii. The idea is to form a committee of NF community members, who
    will be well acquainted with NF projects, checking source code
    and licensing on Github, etc.

c. New Board Member Election (formerly tabled)

i.  We currently have one seat open on the NF (to be “NF Global”)
    Board. Should we better establish the European NF Board before
    trying to fill a seat on the Global Board?

ii. We had a discussion about the diversity of the European NF

d. Proposal to use the remaining SDG off-cycle balance of $6,125 to fund consulting and recommendations by Data Umbrella (Reshama Shaikh’s company) on our CoC and enforcement policies.

i.  Approved 4-0-0.