The R Consortium, Inc. is a group organized under an open source governance and foundation model to provide support to the R community, the R Foundation and groups and individuals, using, maintaining and distributing R software.

The R language is an open source environment for statistical computing and graphics, and runs on a wide variety of computing platforms. The R language has enjoyed significant growth, and now supports over 2 million users. A broad range of industries have adopted the R language, including biotech, finance, research and high technology industries. The R language is often integrated into third party analysis, visualization and reporting applications.

The central mission of the R Consortium is to work with and provide support to the R Foundation and to the key organizations developing, maintaining, distributing and using R software through the identification, development and implementation of infrastructure projects. The mission of the R Consortium is formally defined in the R Consortium bylaws and the Infrastructure Steering Committee charter.

Here are some of its specific aims and objectives:

  • To create infrastructure and standards to benefit all the users of the R language.

  • To promote the R language as a vital component of a production Data Science platform, in industry, academia, and government.

  • To create and promote best practices for the development and maintenance of R language code and applications by R authors and users.

  • To make it easier to use R in more environments, by developing and promoting best practices for evaluating, adopting, validating, and managing R code and applications in an end user organization.

  • To support the annual useR conference as the primary conference for the R community.

  • To provide information and metrics relating to the ongoing growth and adoption of the R language.


From a governance perspective, the business of the consortium is managed by a Board of Directors. The technical aspects of the project, including the development and implementation of infrastructure projects, is overseen by an Infrastructure Steering Committee. While the initial members of the Infrastructure Steering Committee consist of representatives of the founding members of the R Consortium, Inc., project leads of key infrastructure projects will become voting members of the Infrastructure Steering Committee.

Potential infrastructure projects include:

  • strengthening the R Forge infrastructure;
  • assisting the Stanford University group running user!R 2016;
  • developing documentation; and
  • encouraging increased communication and collaboration among users and developers of the R language.

What is R?

R is an open source language and environment for statistical computing and graphics.