[AstroPy] Astropy Ombudsperson nominations and CoCo running notes

Tom Aldcroft taldcroft at gmail.com
Tue Aug 25 12:40:42 EDT 2020

Dear Astropy community,

We, the Coordination Committee, would like to give you an update on two

   - We are seeking nominations for a new ombudsperson for the Astropy
   - The Astropy Coordination Committee running meeting notes are now

Steve Crawford has accepted a new position with NASA as the Science Mission
Directorate at NASA as the new executive program office for scientific data
and computing. This is fantastic news for Steve and for the scientific
computing community (including Astropy!). However, it means that Steve will
no longer be able to serve as the Astropy ombudsperson and he has stepped
down as of Monday, Aug 17.

In advance of the new Astropy governance document (APE0) coming into
effect, the Coordination Committee is seeking nominations for the role of
interim Astropy Ombudsperson. Self-nominations are very welcome. APE0
contains a description of the ombudsperson voting process, so when it
becomes the active governance document, that process will be undertaken to
replace or confirm the interim Ombudsperson.

The Ombudsperson role has the following responsibilities:

*Provide a point of contact for sensitive issues separate from the
coordinating committee, including:*

   - *Monitoring the confidential at astropy.org
   <confidential at astropy.org> email account*
   - *Solicit and provide anonymized feedback to the astropy coordination
   committee regarding coordination of the project*
   - *Assist the coordination committee and community engagement
   coordinator with violations of the code of conduct or other ethical

*Coordination committee running notes*
In order to improve transparency and communications, the Coordination
Committee is taking a page from the interim finance committee: the meeting
notes of the Coordination Committee are now available at the following URL:


This includes both past meetings (starting from Aug 11, 2020) and a
tentative agenda for the next scheduled meeting. Questions, comments,
feedback on the notes can be made as comments on the doc, emails to
coordinators at astropy.org, discussion in the #project Slack channel, or
issues in the project repo.

Tom A on behalf the Coordination Committee
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