R Consortium Funds Technical Initiatives, Community Events and Training to Support R User Community
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R Consortium Funds Technical Initiatives, Community Events and Training to Support R User Community


SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - March 23, 2016) - The R Consortium, an open source foundation to support the R user community and a Linux Foundation project, today is announcing funding for seven community projects and the formation of two technical working groups. These milestones advance the R Consortium's mission to support the R community through the identification, development and implementation of infrastructure projects that drive standards and best practices for R code.

The R programming language provides an unparalleled interactive environment for data analysis, modeling, and visualization. R is a top-20 programming language ( see: TIOBE Ranking Index), and its popularity is expected to grow with data demand. The R Consortium was founded to support the richness and diversity of the R community and to ensure that it continues to meet new data challenges as they arise.

"The R Consortium is proud to support initiatives that will positively impact many R users, including community events, training, packages for critical infrastructure and building consensus around important future challenges," said Hadley Wickham, Infrastructure Steering Committee Chair, R Consortium. "We're excited to announce our second round of ISC grants."

Seven R-focused Projects Receive Grants

The R Consortium awarded the first grant in November 2015 to R-Hub, a service for developing, building, testing and validating R packages. Today the R Consortium is providing funding for seven additional initiatives to develop tools and resources for the R user community, bringing total grant funding to $200,000. Today's grant recipients include:

-- remain vague and result in data analysis errors. This project aims to improve database access in R so that porting code is simplified and less prone to error.

The R Consortium ISC awards grants based on the critical nature of the problem(s) being addressed; the solvability of work involved; the amount of financial aid needed; and level of community support. A community-wide call for proposals is now open until July 10, 2016. To submit a proposal or learn more information, please visit https://www.r-consortium.org/about/isc/proposals or email Email Contact.

Working Groups Enable Collaboration

The R Consortium is also forming its first two working groups to facilitate collaboration and focus the community's efforts toward two critical areas needed to advance the R programming language: standardization and best practices.

R Consortium is an independently supported software project hosted by The Linux Foundation. The Linux Foundation's projects span the enterprise, mobile, embedded and life sciences markets and are backed by many of the largest names in technology. For more information, please visit: http://collabprojects.linuxfoundation.org.

About The R Consortium
The R Consortium is a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization and Linux Foundation Collaborative Project dedicated to the support and growth of the R user community. The R Consortium provides support to the R Foundation and to the greater R Community for projects that assist R package developers, provide documentation and training, facilitate the growth of the R Community and promote the use of the R language. For more information about R Consortium, please visit: http://www.r-consortium.org.

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