Ada-Europe Workplan

Ada-Europe Workplan 2013

This document describes the work that Ada-Europe plans to undertake during the period from 1 January 2013 until 31 December 2013. Additional activities to those described in this document may be undertaken provided that they conform to the objectives described below, are deemed feasible from a financial standpoint, and are approved by the Ada-Europe Board.

Newsletter and Information Dissemination

Objectives:

To keep the European Ada community abreast of events taking place, new books and products being released, standardization activities being launched and other topics of general interest arising.

Activities:

The quarterly Ada User Journal which contains a periodic news digest, information and technical articles concerning Ada will continue to be produced and distributed to all members of Ada-Europe, as part of their membership whether directly or indirectly through the Associate Member Organizations.

Conferences and Workshops

Objectives:

To continue to hold the annual international conference and exhibition in which the latest developments that regard the use and furthering of Ada and concern the engineering of reliable software are presented, new products are shown and relevant initiatives are discussed.

Activities:

The Ada-Europe Conference 2013 is planned to be held in Berlin, Germany, as usual in June, in collaboration with Ada Deutschland.

The Ada-Europe Board provides a direct point of contact for all editions of the conference so that experience gained with its organization is retained, reused and consolidated. The conferences and exhibitions are open to the Ada community worldwide.

All direct Ada-Europe members, as well as all indirect members of Ada-Europe whose names have been made known to the Board of Ada-Europe by Associate Member Organizations at the start of the membership year (1 April), receive a discount at Ada- Europe conferences.

International Liaison

Objectives:

To maintain and consolidate contact with SIGAda, ISO/IEC JTC1/SC22/WG9, and other Ada organizations worldwide, for exchange of information and coordination of initiatives in the charter of Ada-Europe.

Activities:

Ada-Europe has a Memorandum of Understanding with SIGAda regarding cooperation at conferences. As part of this cooperation, Ada-Europe invites representatives of SIGAda to the annual conference as guests of Ada-Europe and, similarly, SIGAda invites representatives of Ada-Europe to their annual conference.

The technical and administrative activities concerning the international standardization of the Ada language specification are performed by the national bodies that are members of ISO/IEC JTC1/SC22/WG9. Ada-Europe has a category C organizational liaison with ISO/IEC JTC1/SC22/WG9, which permits the direct involvement of Ada-Europe and its members in those standardization efforts. Moreover, thanks to the participation of some of its members, Ada-Europe has visibility and involvement in the work of ISO/IEC JTC1/SC22/WG23, programming languages vulnerabilities, which includes an Ada-specific annex.

Grants

Objectives:

To support activities that promote the use of Ada, directly or indirectly, through discussion and dissemination of information.

Activities:

IIn conjunction with SIGAda and the Ada Resource Association, Ada-Europe has established a joint scheme for providing financial support to facilitate the convener’s attendance at WG9 meetings.

Ada-Europe has also offered grants for direct support of the standardization efforts (editorial work, collation and publication, and production of the Rationale) conducted by the ARG under guidance of WG9, as well as in relation with the Ada-related work items of ISO/IEC JTC1/SC22/WG23.

Ada-Europe may also consider offering grants to other bodies that plan to organize technical and scientific events with bearing on Ada and its application domain. Conditions that must be satisfied to obtain a grant of this kind are that the event, meeting or activity takes place in Europe or that it is organized in close cooperation with European organizations, that it promotes the use of Ada, that it is run on a not-for-profit basis, and that a report of 4-6 pages is produced for publication in the Ada User Journal. Applications for grants should be sent to the President.

Support of Associate Members

Objectives:

To support associate members in widening their national activities into the European Ada community.

Activities:

If there are activities or services, offered by associate member bodies to their members, which are of interest and benefit to other members, then Ada-Europe will, if feasible, act as a channel of communication to make those services available to all other members.

Organizational Matters

Objectives:

To maintain the smooth running of Ada-Europe in order that it can meet the objectives outlined in this Workplan, in a cost-effective manner.

Activities:

Ada-Europe is managed by a Board of volunteers elected for a two-year term by the Ada- Europe membership. The Board delegates specific responsibilities to its Members and it is supported by its Secretariat. Ada-Europe funds the operating costs of the Board and the Secretariat according to the agreed yearly budget.

The Board has always been concerned at the cost of holding Board meetings that may result from the cost of international travel, which is inevitable given its constitution. Much of the work of the Board is therefore carried out through electronic mail. Whenever possible, the Board meets in conjunction with events, such as its own conferences, where Board members are present. In electing individuals to the Board, the members are therefore urged to consider the likelihood of those elected to be able to attend meetings without incurring additional costs for Ada-Europe.

At the present date Ada-Europe continues to maintain a healthy – though declining – cash balance, which it owes to the financial success of the sponsorship program established in 2002 and renewed in 2012, as well as to judicious management of its yearly conferences. The financial health of Ada-Europe has permitted to sustain exceptional expenses incurred in support of the standardization of Ada 2005 and subsequently of its 2012 revision, the publication of the Ada Reference Manual and Rationale for both revisions, plus occasional losses incurred in the organization of conference events.