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[Axiom-developer] Re: Axiom Foundation 1st Annual Report 2004/5

From: Bob McElrath
Subject: [Axiom-developer] Re: Axiom Foundation 1st Annual Report 2004/5
Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2005 00:15:09 -0800
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Egad has it been a year already?

I would like to stay.

I agree with Martin that we need to redouble our efforts to obtain
contributions in exchange for bounties, as there have been none so far.

Posts in relevant newsgroups is a good idea.

I can post to the feyncalc mailing list.  Would that be too much of a
faux pas?

address@hidden address@hidden wrote:
> Axiom Developers;
> The Axiom Foundation was established approximately 1 year ago to
> promote the development and maintenance of the open source version
> of Axiom through the dispersement of donations to support Axiom-
> related projects and through the Award Of Bounties.
> Foundation Membership
> The original plan
> ( see )
> selected three registered Axiom Developers (Bob McElrath,
> Camm Maguire and Martin Rubey) as the initial members of the
> committee. The idea is that these 3 people will make decisions
> for the Foundation for a 1 year renewable term, therfore now
> is probably a good time to ask the current members if they wish
> to continue their membership and if necessary ask for new
> volunteers for this position. My hope is that at most 1 member
> might not wish to renew, in which case someone new can step
> forward for their turn and in this way we will establish
> some continuity of membership. (Please don't everyone say they
> want to resign at once! :) Or perhaps the current memebers
> are satisfied to continue for one more year?
> Foundation Projects
> So far, I think it is fair to say that membership in the Axiom
> Foundation has not involved any difficult decisions or an undue
> amount of time. There was only a very low level of free donations
> to Axiom (see report below) and so no decisions about actual
> Award of Bounties have been made yet this year. Of course we can
> all hope that the level of interest in Axiom continues to rise
> and that sooner or later a large donor or a corporate sponsor
> will appear to make the work of the Foundation much more
> interesting.
> This year at least I think we can be proud that Axiom did
> receive some serious support from Google through the Summer of
> Code project. I think it would be great if we can repeat this
> next year in an even bigger way.
> Donations Received
> Since November 15, 2004 the Axiom Foundation has received
> donations from the following sources:
>   Donations via PayPal: 3 donors           total: $260.07 USD
>   Donations via E-gold: 1 donor            total:   $9.88 USD *
>   Donation via personal check: 1 donor     total: $100.00 USD
>   Revenue via Axiom Gear sales at CafePress
>               3 orders    Gross: $59.95    Net:    $30.00 USD **
>                                           Total    $499.87 USD
> Notes: * Includes e-gold transaction.
>       ** Revenue is 30% to 50% of sales depending on item.
> I can provide a detailed list of transactions to Axiom Foundation
> members on request.
> Conclusions
> Well, I think this has been an exciting year for Axiom developers
> and Axiom users based on the monthly statistics on the number of
> accesses to the Axiom web site, downloads of Axiom and of the
> Axiom Book as well as the continued steady exchange of email
> messages via the email lists. But unfortunately this excitement
> has not yet resulted in a significant level of donations. In
> spite of this, I think it might be a good idea for the Foundation
> to consider some dispersement of the current balance towards 1 or
> more bounties as originally planned.
> Summary of Recommendations
> 1) Open invitations to (re)new Axiom Foundation memberships.
> 2) Receive proposals for Award of Bounties.
> ----------
> If anyone has any questions about this report or would like to
> comment or make recommendations please ask either via this email
> list or in private if you wish.
> Sincerely,
> Bill Page
> (as acting Secretary to the Axiom Foundation)
Bob McElrath [Univ. of California at Davis, Department of Physics]

    "In science, 'fact' can only mean 'confirmed to such a degree that it
    would be perverse to withhold provisional assent.' I suppose that
    apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit
    equal time in physics classrooms." -- Stephen Jay Gould (1941 - 2002)

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