Matplotlib and Numfocus Fiscal Sponsorship Agreement (FSA)

Matplotlib
is a widely used, well regarded, and powerful visualization
library that has dominated the Python visualization stack for
over a decade. However, to maintain that position, matplotlib
must continue to evolve. Complementary or alternative
libraries are appearing at an increasing rate, including
browser-based plotting and GPU acceleration. To maintain its
leadership position for the next decade, Matplotlib must
interface with these alternatives while simultaneously
expanding its capabilities and becoming easier to use and
learn.

      Matplotlib’s

large existing user base (greater than 50,000) means that new
developments need to be carefully balanced with maintaining
existing interfaces. With the large user and code base comes
a significant maintenance and user-support burden. These
responsibilities currently account for a majority of the
core-developer time spent on matplotlib and has resulted in
both the code base and community being in a healthier state
than ever before. Even 6 years ago there was no automated
testing to speak of and the number of contributors continues
to soar on github. However, this effort is, for the most part,
done on a volunteer basis in the nights and weekends of the
core developers. To go beyond this maintenance level—to make
step-change improvements for the benefit of matplotlib’s
users—will require funding for full-time developers. Inspired
and encouraged by the example of IPython, we would like to
begin the process of fundraising.

      Managing

funding on the needed scale is a complex and time-consuming
process. Thankfully, NumFOCUS, a 501©3 charity organisation
co-founded by John Hunter, offers a fiscal sponsorship
agreement to minimize the administrative and legal burden on
open source projects. We would like to enlist NumFOCUS as our
agents in all legal and financial matters, including banking,
accepting donations as a non-profit, payroll, and access to
legal counsel. As part of the agreement, NumFOCUS would
charge a percentage of all funds raised to cover their costs.
The full text of the agreement is attached.

      To

comply with the legal and accounting requirements of a
non-profit, matplotlib needs to form an administrative body to
interact with NumFOCUS and direct the disbursement of any
funds. The proposed initial members of the body, are myself
(Mike Droettboom), Eric Firing, Phil Elson, and Thomas
Caswell, with Thomas acting as the point of contact with
NumFOCUS.

      In

practice, signing an FSA will have very little impact on the
matplotlib project itself - it will still be BSD-licensed and
community-driven as it has always been, and the only
motivation for doing this is to give us an opportunity to
apply for funding to do more work on matplotlib. We’d like to
canvas the community’s opinion on the matter, but to put a
concrete timeline on the discussion, we would like to propose
signing an FSA with NumFOCUS in 3 weeks (Feb 10th 2015) unless
there is a major community discomfort with us doing so.

      Cheers,

      Michael Droettboom

NumFOCUS-FSA.pdf (211 KB)

···
-- Michael Droettboom
Science Software Branch
Space Telescope Science Institute

http://www.droettboom.com

+1

Best,
-Michiel

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On Wed, 1/21/15, Michael Droettboom <mdroe@...31...> wrote:

Subject: [Matplotlib-users] Matplotlib and Numfocus Fiscal Sponsorship Agreement (FSA)
To: "matplotlib-devel@lists.sourceforge.net" <matplotlib-devel@...958...eforge.net>, "matplotlib-users" <matplotlib-users@lists.sourceforge.net>
Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 12:48 AM

       Matplotlib
           is a widely used, well regarded, and powerful
visualization
           library that has dominated the Python
visualization stack for
           over a decade. However, to maintain that position,
matplotlib
           must continue to evolve. Complementary or
alternative
           libraries are appearing at an increasing rate,
including
           browser-based plotting and GPU acceleration. To
maintain its
           leadership position for the next decade,
Matplotlib must
           interface with these alternatives while
simultaneously
           expanding its capabilities and becoming easier to
use and
           learn.
       
       Matplotlib’s
           large existing user base (greater than 50,000)
means that new
           developments need to be carefully balanced with
maintaining
           existing interfaces. With the large user and
code base comes
           a significant maintenance and user-support burden.
These
           responsibilities currently account for a majority
of the
           core-developer time spent on matplotlib and has
resulted in
           both the code base and community being in a
healthier state
           than ever before. Even 6 years ago there was no
automated
           testing to speak of and the number of contributors
continues
           to soar on github. However, this effort is, for
the most part,
           done on a volunteer basis in the nights and
weekends of the
           core developers. To go beyond this maintenance
level—to make
           step-change improvements for the benefit of
matplotlib’s
           users—will require funding for full-time
developers. Inspired
           and encouraged by the example of IPython, we would
like to
           begin the process of fundraising.
       
       Managing
           funding on the needed scale is a complex and
time-consuming
           process. Thankfully, NumFOCUS, a 501(c)3 charity
organisation
           co-founded by John Hunter, offers a fiscal
sponsorship
           agreement to minimize the administrative and legal
burden on
           open source projects. We would like to enlist
NumFOCUS as our
           agents in all legal and financial matters,
including banking,
           accepting donations as a non-profit, payroll, and
access to
           legal counsel. As part of the agreement,
NumFOCUS would
           charge a percentage of all funds raised to cover
their costs.
            The full text of the agreement is
attached.
       
       To
           comply with the legal and accounting requirements
of a
           non-profit, matplotlib needs to form an
administrative body to
           interact with NumFOCUS and direct the disbursement
of any
           funds. The proposed initial members of the body,
are myself
           (Mike Droettboom), Eric Firing, Phil Elson, and
Thomas
           Caswell, with Thomas acting as the point of
contact with
           NumFOCUS.
       
       In
           practice, signing an FSA will have very little
impact on the
           matplotlib project itself - it will still be
BSD-licensed and
           community-driven as it has always been, and the
only
           motivation for doing this is to give us an
opportunity to
           apply for funding to do more work on matplotlib.
We'd like to
           canvas the community's opinion on the matter,
but to put a
           concrete timeline on the discussion, we would like
to propose
           signing an FSA with NumFOCUS in 3 weeks (Feb 10th
2015) unless
           there is a major community discomfort with us
doing so.

           Cheers,

           Michael Droettboom

     --
Michael Droettboom
Science Software Branch
Space Telescope Science Institute

http://www.droettboom.com
   
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On Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 7:48 AM, Michael Droettboom <mdroe@…31…> wrote:

      Matplotlib

is a widely used, well regarded, and powerful visualization
library that has dominated the Python visualization stack for
over a decade. However, to maintain that position, matplotlib
must continue to evolve. Complementary or alternative
libraries are appearing at an increasing rate, including
browser-based plotting and GPU acceleration. To maintain its
leadership position for the next decade, Matplotlib must
interface with these alternatives while simultaneously
expanding its capabilities and becoming easier to use and
learn.

      Matplotlib’s

large existing user base (greater than 50,000) means that new
developments need to be carefully balanced with maintaining
existing interfaces. With the large user and code base comes
a significant maintenance and user-support burden. These
responsibilities currently account for a majority of the
core-developer time spent on matplotlib and has resulted in
both the code base and community being in a healthier state
than ever before. Even 6 years ago there was no automated
testing to speak of and the number of contributors continues
to soar on github. However, this effort is, for the most part,
done on a volunteer basis in the nights and weekends of the
core developers. To go beyond this maintenance level—to make
step-change improvements for the benefit of matplotlib’s
users—will require funding for full-time developers. Inspired
and encouraged by the example of IPython, we would like to
begin the process of fundraising.

      Managing

funding on the needed scale is a complex and time-consuming
process. Thankfully, NumFOCUS, a 501©3 charity organisation
co-founded by John Hunter, offers a fiscal sponsorship
agreement to minimize the administrative and legal burden on
open source projects. We would like to enlist NumFOCUS as our
agents in all legal and financial matters, including banking,
accepting donations as a non-profit, payroll, and access to
legal counsel. As part of the agreement, NumFOCUS would
charge a percentage of all funds raised to cover their costs.
The full text of the agreement is attached.

      To

comply with the legal and accounting requirements of a
non-profit, matplotlib needs to form an administrative body to
interact with NumFOCUS and direct the disbursement of any
funds. The proposed initial members of the body, are myself
(Mike Droettboom), Eric Firing, Phil Elson, and Thomas
Caswell, with Thomas acting as the point of contact with
NumFOCUS.

      In

practice, signing an FSA will have very little impact on the
matplotlib project itself - it will still be BSD-licensed and
community-driven as it has always been, and the only
motivation for doing this is to give us an opportunity to
apply for funding to do more work on matplotlib. We’d like to
canvas the community’s opinion on the matter, but to put a
concrete timeline on the discussion, we would like to propose
signing an FSA with NumFOCUS in 3 weeks (Feb 10th 2015) unless
there is a major community discomfort with us doing so.

      Cheers,

      Michael Droettboom

-- Michael Droettboom
Science Software Branch
Space Telescope Science Institute
[http://www.droettboom.com](http://www.droettboom.com)

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Nicolas.

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On 21 Jan 2015, at 20:22, Chris Barker <chris.barker@...236...> wrote:

+1 -- sounds great!

On Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 7:48 AM, Michael Droettboom <mdroe@...31...> wrote:
Matplotlib
          is a widely used, well regarded, and powerful visualization
          library that has dominated the Python visualization stack for
          over a decade. However, to maintain that position, matplotlib
          must continue to evolve. Complementary or alternative
          libraries are appearing at an increasing rate, including
          browser-based plotting and GPU acceleration. To maintain its
          leadership position for the next decade, Matplotlib must
          interface with these alternatives while simultaneously
          expanding its capabilities and becoming easier to use and
          learn.

Matplotlib’s
          large existing user base (greater than 50,000) means that new
          developments need to be carefully balanced with maintaining
          existing interfaces. With the large user and code base comes
          a significant maintenance and user-support burden. These
          responsibilities currently account for a majority of the
          core-developer time spent on matplotlib and has resulted in
          both the code base and community being in a healthier state
          than ever before. Even 6 years ago there was no automated
          testing to speak of and the number of contributors continues
          to soar on github. However, this effort is, for the most part,
          done on a volunteer basis in the nights and weekends of the
          core developers. To go beyond this maintenance level—to make
          step-change improvements for the benefit of matplotlib’s
          users—will require funding for full-time developers. Inspired
          and encouraged by the example of IPython, we would like to
          begin the process of fundraising.

Managing
          funding on the needed scale is a complex and time-consuming
          process. Thankfully, NumFOCUS, a 501(c)3 charity organisation
          co-founded by John Hunter, offers a fiscal sponsorship
          agreement to minimize the administrative and legal burden on
          open source projects. We would like to enlist NumFOCUS as our
          agents in all legal and financial matters, including banking,
          accepting donations as a non-profit, payroll, and access to
          legal counsel. As part of the agreement, NumFOCUS would
          charge a percentage of all funds raised to cover their costs.
           The full text of the agreement is attached.

To
          comply with the legal and accounting requirements of a
          non-profit, matplotlib needs to form an administrative body to
          interact with NumFOCUS and direct the disbursement of any
          funds. The proposed initial members of the body, are myself
          (Mike Droettboom), Eric Firing, Phil Elson, and Thomas
          Caswell, with Thomas acting as the point of contact with
          NumFOCUS.

In
          practice, signing an FSA will have very little impact on the
          matplotlib project itself - it will still be BSD-licensed and
          community-driven as it has always been, and the only
          motivation for doing this is to give us an opportunity to
          apply for funding to do more work on matplotlib. We'd like to
          canvas the community's opinion on the matter, but to put a
          concrete timeline on the discussion, we would like to propose
          signing an FSA with NumFOCUS in 3 weeks (Feb 10th 2015) unless
          there is a major community discomfort with us doing so.

          Cheers,

          Michael Droettboom

--
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Science Software Branch
Space Telescope Science Institute

http://www.droettboom.com

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