The R Consortium, Inc. is a group organized under an open source governance and foundation model to support the worldwide community of users, maintainers and developers of R software. Its members include leading institutions and companies dedicated to the use, development and growth of R.

The R language is an open source environment for statistical computing and graphics. The R community has enjoyed significant growth, with more than 2 million users worldwide. A broad range of organizations have adopted the R language as a data science platform, including biotech, finance, research and high technology industries. The R language is often integrated into third-party analysis, visualization and reporting applications, and runs on a wide variety of computing platforms.

The central mission of the R Consortium is to work with and provide support to the R Foundation and key organizations and groups developing, maintaining, distributing and using R software. Its activities and programs include:

  • Promoting the growth and development of R as the leading platform for data science and statistical computing.
    • Members of the R Consortium are recognized as supporters of the R Project and the R community, and the R Consortium represents its members to the R community and to the media.
  • Supporting and collaborating with the R Foundation, the governing body of the R Project.
    • The R Foundation maintains a permanent seat on the board of the R Consortium, as an open communication channel for R Consortium members.
  • Funding projects to enhance R and support its users.
    • Projects are proposed by the R community at large, and selected for funding by the Infrastructure Steering Committee. R Consortium members nominate the selection committee and provide funds for project grants with their membership dues. (Here is a list of projects funded by the R Consortium to date.)
  • Fostering the continued growth of R community.
    • The R Consortium sponsors R-related conferences (including useR!), meetings (including SatRDays and RLadies), and local user groups worldwide.
  • Enabling the use of R in commercial environments, and fostering collaboration between companies investing in R.
    • R Consortium committees are developing programs for R language certification and training, consulting, and employment.

The mission of the R Consortium is formally defined in the R Consortium bylaws and the Infrastructure Steering Committee charter.


What is R?

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