[Haskell-cafe] future (editor) of HCAR?
jv at informatik.uni-bonn.de
Wed Sep 18 14:58:37 CEST 2013
The Haskell Communities and Activities Report has been produced twice a
year for more than ten years now:
I have been responsible for producing it the last few years, which was
fun. I am now looking to pass that on, handing over the HCAR to someone
else. Any takers?
Editing HCAR is a few days work per year, but it is also a great way to
be involved in the Haskell community - you get a lot of news first hand.
There are various procedures in place that automate some of the work,
and if someone is interested in taking over, I'm very willing to help
along, for example producing the next edition of the report together for
a smooth transition.
Below I attach the previous call for contributions, which also answers
some basic questions about the report. For further questions about the
process etc., anybody interested simply get in touch with me.
Also, such a transition is a good opportunity to rethink model and
processes. Maybe you (anybody on the mailing list) have completely new
ideas for how the HCAR should be organized? How it could function
better? What other purposes it could serve than it has so far? ...
(Or even that HCAR in its existing form is not needed anymore, but could
be replaced by something great new?)
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Betreff: Call for Contributions - Haskell Communities and Activities
Report, May 2013 edition
Datum: Mon, 08 Apr 2013 21:56:19 +0200
Von: Janis Voigtländer <jv at informatik.uni-bonn.de>
An: Haskell <haskell at haskell.org>
I would like to collect contributions for the 24th edition of the
Haskell Communities & Activities Report
Submission deadline: 1 May 2013
(please send your contributions to hcar at haskell.org,
in plain text or LaTeX format)
This is the short story:
* If you are working on any project that is in some way related
to Haskell, please write a short entry and submit it. Even if
the project is very small or unfinished or you think it is not
important enough --- please reconsider and submit an entry anyway!
* If you are interested in an existing project related to Haskell that
has not previously been mentioned in the HCAR, please tell me, so
that I can contact the project leaders and ask them to submit an
* Feel free to pass on this call for contributions to others that
might be interested.
More detailed information:
The Haskell Communities & Activities Report is a bi-annual overview of
the state of Haskell as well as Haskell-related projects over the
last, and possibly the upcoming six months. If you have only recently
been exposed to Haskell, it might be a good idea to browse the
previous edition --- you will find interesting projects described as
well as several starting points and links that may provide answers to
Contributions will be collected until the submission deadline. They
will then be compiled into a coherent report that is published online
as soon as it is ready. As always, this is a great opportunity to
update your webpages, make new releases, announce or even start new
projects, or to talk about developments you want every Haskeller to
Looking forward to your contributions,
Janis (current editor)
Q: What format should I write in?
A: The required format is a LaTeX source file, adhering to the template
that is available at:
There is also a LaTeX style file at
that you can use to preview your entry. If you do not know LaTeX, then
use plain text. If you modify an old entry that you have written for an
earlier edition of the report, you should already have received your old
entry as a template (provided I have your valid email address). Please
modify that template, rather than using your own version of the old
entry as a template.
Q: Can I include Haskell code?
A: Yes. Please use lhs2tex syntax (http://people.cs.uu.nl/andres/lhs2tex/).
The report is compiled in mode polycode.fmt.
Q: Can I include images?
A: Yes, you are even encouraged to do so. Please use .jpg format, then.
Q: Should I send files in .zip archives or similar?
A: No, plain file attachements are the way.
Q: How much should I write?
A: Authors are asked to limit entries to about one column of text. A
general introduction is helpful. Apart from that, you should focus on
recent or upcoming developments. Pointers to online content can be given
for more comprehensive or "historic" overviews of a project. Images do
not count towards the length limit, so you may want to use this
opportunity to pep up entries. There is no minimum length of an entry!
The report aims for being as complete as possible, so please consider
writing an entry, even if it is only a few lines long.
Q: Which topics are relevant?
A: All topics which are related to Haskell in some way are relevant. We
usually had reports from users of Haskell (private, academic, or
commercial), from authors or contributors to projects related to
Haskell, from people working on the Haskell language, libraries, on
language extensions or variants. We also like reports about
distributions of Haskell software, Haskell infrastructure, books and
tutorials on Haskell. Reports on past and upcoming events related to
Haskell are also relevant. Finally, there might be new topics we do not
even think about. As a rule of thumb: if in doubt, then it probably is
relevant and has a place in the HCAR. You can also ask the editor.
Q: Is unfinished work relevant? Are ideas for projects relevant?
A: Yes! You can use the HCAR to talk about projects you are currently
working on. You can use it to look for other developers that might help
Q: If I do not update my entry, but want to keep it in the report, what
should I do?
A: Tell the editor that there are no changes. The old entry will
typically be reused in this case, but it might be dropped if it is older
than a year, to give more room and more attention to projects that
change a lot. Do not resend complete entries if you have not changed them.
Q: Will I get confirmation if I send an entry? How do I know whether my
email has even reached the editor, and not ended up in a spam folder?
A: Prior to publication of the final report, the editor will send a
draft to all contributors, for possible corrections. So if you do not
hear from the editor within two weeks after the deadline, it is safer
to send another mail and check whether your first one was received.
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