Our 10th year has been one of reflection. For everyone reading this, 2012 was a very different time than 2022. Yet after a decade of technological revolutions, political and cultural shifts, and world-changing events, one thing has never been clearer:
The open source scientific community is stronger than ever. And a strong scientific community has never been more vital.
To better serve our mission of supporting open source scientific computing projects, we reflect on our own impact in the community. Our support services have enabled projects to allocate over $23 million for development and community management. We’ve seen an ecosystem of knowledge-sharing flourish, nurtured by our educational programs, diversity efforts, and a network of support through user-contributor gatherings.
I have the privilege of seeing our impact every day–whether in meetings with project leaders or attending events like our Project Summit or regional PyData conferences. I get to see how the efforts of talented individuals have and continue to collectively transform research, industry, education, and ultimately the lives of individuals around the world.
You can also see our work in the numbers: the growth in supported projects (currently 55 Sponsored, 57 Affiliated), 1,783 contributors, and dozens of annual gatherings across the globe, reaching hundreds of thousands of passionate participants. This report details the precise scale of our efforts.
We can be proud of the past decade and remain resolved to make every year more impactful than the last. So we reflect on the challenges. As a small nonprofit serving the work of thousands of volunteers, there is a sense that there is always more to be done.
There is never enough time. We could always accomplish more with more funding. It costs money to provide project support. Our fundraising means volunteers can focus more on their projects and less on administrative tasks and fundraising management.
Despite our constraints, this report will show you how much can be done by a group of truly dedicated individuals: staff, volunteer board members, project contributors, community members, and generous donors and grantors.
They built NumFOCUS into what it is today. Together we will continue to champion open source scientific computing for the decades to come.