Minutes for Friday, June 19th, 2015, 16:00 UTC

Next meeting date TBD as July 03rd, 2015 is an US national holiday


  • Rosanna Yuen
  • Marina Zhurakhinskaya
  • Jeff Fortin
  • Karen Sandler
  • Andrea Veri
  • Tobias Mueller
  • Sriram Ramkrishna (joined late)

* New board members attending

  • Shaun McCance

  • Allan Day
  • Cosimo Cecchi


  • Ekaterina Gerasimova

Board meeting

  • GUADEC 2015
    • Last minute efforts to secure additional GUADEC sponsors
    • ACTION: Jeff to continue reaching out to more (zareason, TDF, mozilla) unless some valiant soul joins the action
    • Venue and hostel money
      • The total amount is 15796, it will cover the venue, hostel and flights costs
      • A complete list of costs is available at https://mail.gnome.org/mailman/private/board-list/2015-June/msg00105.html

      • How do flights for keynoters (2) and hostel cost for attendees reconcile with the Travel Committee budget?
        • It looks like the organizers want to reimburse the keynoters. Why?
        • Same hostel cost should be in the Travel Committee's budget, and the organizers just need to pay these money up-front to reserve accommodations
        • Historically speaking, keynoters' travel has always been covered by the GUADEC budget rather than the travel committee. Though this year, these are the same because travel committee budget is a part of the GUADEC budget.
      • We need to double-check the latest numbers wrt sponsorships and that this amount can be covered by the sponsorships amounts; ie we need confirmation that the budget they sent us is up to date and final and encompasses all the sponsorships and final expenses
      • VOTE: If the proposed budget is covered by confirmed sponsorships, keynoter flights will be reimbursed by organizers, and travel committee is aware of this hostel and keynoter flights budget (and only in that case, as otherwise we would need a revised VOTE), the Board approves transfering the above amount (15796 USD) to the local GUADEC organization team
      • VOTE: +1 Marina, Karen, Sri, Tobi, Andrea, Jeff
      • ACTION: Marina to follow-up with Andreas about this ASAP
    • Sponsoring a party night event
      • Previous GUADECs had at least one sponsored event, but this year for now we don't have a sponsor - need to find one (or more)
      • Fabiana reached out the Board asking whether it was possible for the GNOME Foundation to cover this cost (360 USD + 15 USD / person for the food for up to 150 people OR some amount for drink tickets)
      • Marina proposes to provide sponsorship for the rent of the room (360 USD) and have every single attendee of the party pay for the food and drinks
        • Can food and drinks be purchased on-site on an individual basis, or is it group-deal only? Can food or drinks be brought in?
        • Food and drinks definitely require a sponsor for the event to happen
      • VOTE: GNOME Foundation to cover the cost of the venue (360 USD) and everything else is subject to getting additional sponsors
      • VOTE: +1 Marina, Jeff, Karen, Tobi, Sri, Andrea
      • ACTION: Marina to follow-up with Fabiana about this ASAP
    • DEFERRED: Travel committee/budget update?
      • Kat is missing, need to follow-up for her input, through mailing list
  • DEFERRED: Desktop Summit 2011 taxes
    • Kat's input required
  • ACTION item to put somewhere: Kat and the announcement for GUADEC 2016 bids?
  • Trademark license agreement - Hellotux
  • Deferred until further mailing list discussion occurs from other board members (or missing info):
    • ED search
    • Discuss plans for reviewing salaries/hourly rates of employees/contractors
    • Brainstorming ideas for the GUADEC adboard meeting

Discussed on the mailing list

Pending action items

  • Marina to follow up with Andreas about the GUADEC 2015 proposed budget and with Fabiana about the party night event
  • HELLOTUX t-shirts with GNOME's logo: Sri to forward the agreement to Pam for a first review
  • Desktop Summit 2011 taxes: Kat to mail Marta back asking for more details on how the total amount we should pay was reached
  • Board to follow up in the upcoming meetings and prepare a version of the CoC to be finally considered final over all the GNOME yearly events
  • Kat to create a private wiki page on the web services accounts holders and passwords
    • Allan and Kat decided to go for a private git account instead for security reasons
  • Kat to draft a proposal for a privacy policy for review
  • Kat to draft a contract template for future use organizations for which we handle money
  • Kat to propose privacy bounty T&C/rules for review

  • Karen to write the Privacy policy for GNOME services
  • Karen will look at gnome-software privacy issues from a legal standpoint
  • Karen to draft a proposal for the photography policy at GNOME conferences to discuss on foundation-list
  • Tobi to continue pursuing the fund collection in Europe
  • Tobi to talk to Andrea to move the PayPal data extraction scripts over to the GNOME infrastructure

  • Sri to investigate better uses of adsense/adwords on the GNOME websites
  • Sri to communicate to Rosanna and work on the donation for the West Coast hackfest
  • Sri, Marina, Kat to work on establishing criteria for drafting for the hiring committee for the ED role
  • Sri to investigate the GNOME gifts situation
  • Sri to coordinate with engagement team to better standardize the licensing of GNOME artwork
  • Jeff to find existing fundraising brochure/proposal documents and come up with one for fundraising for a sysadmin
  • Jeff to continue reaching out to sponsors for GUADEC 2015, adboard, etc.
  • Jeff to write the introduction for the 2014 (2015) annual report

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