[Numpy-discussion] acknowledging sponsorship and institutional partners

Ralf Gommers ralf.gommers at gmail.com
Mon May 27 08:19:00 EDT 2019

On Sat, May 18, 2019 at 6:36 PM Ralf Gommers <ralf.gommers at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> In [1] I am adding institutional partners and sponsor logos to the
> numpy.org website. Sebastian made some good comments there, and I think
> it would be very helpful if we had some guidelines on how we acknowledge
> sponsorship.
> Our governance doc has clear text on what an Institutional Partner is, see
> [2]. We don't have anything written down about sponsorship though. In my
> open PR I followed the example of Jupyter (see [3]), which lists
> Institutional Partners first, followed by Sponsors.
> For sponsors I think we will want to define some minimum level of
> sponsorship for which we will put a logo somewhere (main page, or about
> page). Jupyter seems to just put everything together. Scikit-learn and
> NumFOCUS do the same on their front pages. NumFOCUS has tiered levels as
> well with different benefits, and displays the tiers at [4]. Page 17 of the
> NumFOCUS sponsorship brochure [5] spells out the sponsorship levels very
> clearly: from platinum at $100k to bronze at $10k, and a special level for
> "emerging leader" (startups) below that.
> I think that following the NumFOCUS model would be the most
> straightforward thing to do, because (a) we're part of NumFOCUS, and (b)
> it's very well documented. And also fairest in a way - it gives some
> recognition proportionally to the contribution. My PR right now lists
> Moore, Sloan and Tidelift as the 3 sponsors. The first two contributed on
> the order of $500k each (spread out over 2-3 years), while Tidelift
> currently contributes $1000/month.
> So I propose:
> - acknowledging all active sponsorship (within the last 12 months) by logo
> placement on numpy.org
> - acknowledging past sponsorship as well on numpy.org, but on a separate
> page and perhaps just as a listing rather than prominent logo placement
> - adopting the NumFOCUS tiered sponsorship model
> - listing institutional partners and sponsors in the same place, with
> partners first (following what Jupyter does).
> Thoughts?

There seem to be no further comments on this. With an edit to take the
feedback of Gael and Nelle into account (let's say $100k minimum for a
place on the front page for now - more seems overly ambitious right now), I
will take this as "roughly agreed" and make future website edits
accordingly. And will find some time to write this up as a formal policy
and add it to our governance/dev docs somewhere.


> Cheers,
> Ralf
> [1] https://github.com/numpy/numpy.org/pull/21
> [2]
> https://www.numpy.org/devdocs/dev/governance/governance.html#institutional-partners-and-funding
> [3] https://jupyter.org/about
> [4] https://numfocus.org/sponsors
> [5]
> https://numfocus.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/NumFOCUS-Corporate-Sponsorship-Brochure.pdf
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