[AstroPy] Fwd: Numfocus & AstroPy.org
Mon Jun 11 14:34:06 CDT 2012
I thought it would be useful to pass this along from Travis.
Begin forwarded message:
> From: Travis Oliphant <email@example.com>
> Date: June 8, 2012 4:01:10 PM EDT
> To: James Turner <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Cc: Perry Greenfield <email@example.com>, Thomas Robitaille <firstname.lastname@example.org
> >, Erik Tollerud <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: Numfocus & AstroPy.org
> Hey James,
> Thanks for your email. I'm CCing my response to the NumFOCUS board
> as well. The purpose of NumFOCUS is to support open source Python
> for science projects. It is a legal organization that can own
> things and is in the process of applying for 501(c)(3) status
> (trying to get it by November of this year). We are registered as
> a non-profit in Texas.
> The projects that NumFOCUS supports maintain their independence and
> but can use NumFOCUS as a resource. We are sponsoring SciPy and
> EuroSciPy, have paid legal bills on behalf of IPython, are setting
> up continuous integration services, are starting a technical
> fellowship program to sponsor open-source developers, and are
> willing to own things like domains and be a care-taker for open
> source property.
> We are just now figuring out bylaws and how the organization will
> evolve. Right now it is governed by the board of directors which
> consists of 5 people (me, Fernando Perez, John Hunter, Jarrod
> Millman, and Perry).
> There is a full-time administrative assistant who is making sure
> things keep going (all of us are still pretty busy with other things
> as well). Funding the astropy domain is certainly something we
> should consider doing. I had wanted to get our bylaws in place
> which articulated how the board of directors is appointed so that
> people could feel confident in trusting NumFOCUS to hold domains.
> We are working on that right now and will let you know when we are
> ready for your consideration. In the mean-time we will discuss
> your proposal again. The board meets every other week and we
> should be able to respond by the end of June.
> Best regards,
> On Jun 8, 2012, at 2:39 PM, James Turner wrote:
>> Hi Travis,
>> I gather Perry has spoken to you about the possibility of your
>> Numfocus foundation looking after the astropy.org domain for us.
>> Thanks for your willingness to do that! I registered the domain
>> after last year's SciPy and am the current owner, but it would be
>> preferable for a suitable non-profit to hold it for the community.
>> (Perry may have told you that STScI owns it, but he was getting
>> mixed up with astrolib.org).
>> After a quick look at the Numfocus page, I still wasn't all that
>> clear on what it's all about, its relationship with projects like
>> NumPy and its legal status etc. I understand you're currently
>> applying for non-profit status; do you have any idea how long
>> that's likely to take? Does Numfocus currently exist as a legal
>> entity that can own things (like domains)? Is its longevity
>> reasonably assured? I know there was some SciPy discussion about
>> all this, but I just can't keep up with that list :-(. Your mission
>> statement is quite high level and it would be good to know a bit
>> more about what you do and its scope.
>> I also wondered whether you already own any domains, thinking
>> about the technicalities of DNS administration. I see scipy.org
>> belongs to Enthought. Currently the AstroPy committee members keep
>> fiddling with CNAME records etc., as the site is getting up and
>> running. We are registered through GoDaddy and their interface has
>> some provision for guest administrators. We'd need to figure out
>> whether there's a way for the AstroPy committee to update those
>> records through your registrar (the transfer would be easiest if
>> that's also GoDaddy but it should still be doable if not).
>> Our renewal is due on 21 July and I had been expecting to transfer
>> it to "the AstroPy project" by then, but it's not really a problem
>> to pay for one more year if we're not quite ready for Numfocus to
>> take it over yet. In that case, we could talk some more at SciPy,
>> assuming I'll see you there?
>> Perry has also solicited feedback on the mailing list, as I think
>> you requested, with only one reply so far that had questions
>> similar to mine.
>> Thanks a lot!
>> James E.H. Turner
>> Gemini Observatory Southern Operations Centre,
>> Casilla 603, Tel. (+56) 51 205609
>> La Serena, Chile. Fax. (+56) 51 205650
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