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R Consortium Community Grants and Sponsorships Top USD $1,000,000

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Fall Grant Application Cycle Starts September 2019

SAN FRANCISCO, August 28, 2019 – The R Consortium, a Linux Foundation project supporting the R Foundation and R community, today announced a major milestone of $1,000,000 in grants and sponsorships approved. This includes both grants for R projects like R-hub, R-Ladies, RC RUGS, and many more, and community event sponsorships, like financial support for useR! 2019, R Cascadia, R/Medicine, and other R events large and small worldwide. The nonprofit organization also announced that they will begin accepting Fall Grant Cycle proposals starting September 2019.

Grants are awarded in areas of software development, developing new teaching materials, documenting best practices, standardising APIs or other areas of research that “broadly help the R community.” Full details for submitting a proposal, deadlines, and a list of previously funded projects is available at: https://www.r-consortium.org/projects/call-for-proposals

“The goal of the R Consortium is to strengthen the R community by improving infrastructure and building for long term stability,” said Hadley Wickham, Infrastructure Steering Committee Chair, R Consortium. “The grants help support important projects that impact many R users through better software and stronger communities. We are so grateful for the immense work that the R community does and so happy that we can contribute back.”

Example sponsorship and grant recipients include:

  • R-hub, a centralised tool for checking R packages;
  • R-Ladies, a world-wide organization whose mission is to promote diversity in the R community;
  • RC RUGS, the R Consortium’s R user group and small conference support program;
  • SatRDays, bootstrapping a system for local R conferences;
  • Testing DBI and improving key open source database backends.

A complete list of projects that previously received grants is available at https://www.r-consortium.org/projects/awarded-projects

“In the R-hub project we created and operate a multi-platform build and check service for R packages, free to use for everyone in the R community, thanks to the support of the R Consortium,” said Gábor Csárdi, software engineer at RStudio, and author and maintainer of R-hub. “As of today R-hub supports 20 platforms on four operating systems (macOS, Windows, Linux, Solaris), and since its start it has handled 68,000 submissions, for more than 3,000 different R packages, from more than 2,000 package maintainers. It has become a key tool for R developers around the world.”

“Thanks to R Consortium for their support in helping R-Ladies grow to 167 groups in 47 countries with close to 50,000 members,” said Gabriela de Queiroz, Senior Engineering and Data Science Manager at IBM and Founder of R-Ladies. “With their support, we’re able to help people who identify as underrepresented minority achieve their programming potential through our network of R leaders, mentors, and learners.”

“RC RUGS is able to focus on supporting user groups and smaller conferences around the world, filling a real need to support grass-roots organizations that are not in large cities or other well-known locations. There are great R communities around the world in many different locations. This year we are delighted to see user groups applying from Latin America, Africa, South Asia and other underserved regions throughout the world,” said Joseph Rickert, R Consortium Director and administrator of the program. “We are trying very hard to connect R users with limited resources into the greater R Community”. 

The 2019 Fall grant cycle open September 2019. More information on submitting a proposal for a grant is available at: https://www.r-consortium.org/projects/call-for-proposals

About The R Consortium 

The R Consortium is a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization and Linux Foundation 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.


$50,000 in New Grants Approved

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The R Consortium actively supports new projects to help R development both technically and organizationally. Improving R infrastructure and building for long term stability are key goals of the R Consortium. These types of support cannot be matched by individual companies. 

The newest three projects that have been awarded grants have been announced. Congratulations to R-global, R ecosystem for meta-research, and R Community Collaboratives. These ambitious projects cover two technical areas – focusing on geographical coordinates and evidence synthesis – as well as resources and support to facilitate on-the-ground organization of community R events.

In total, over $50,000 in new grants were approved.

More projects will be funded soon. Is your R project one of them? See below for more information on applying for funding.

R-global: analysing spatial data globally

Edzer Pebesma (edzer.pebesma@uni-muenster.de)

https://github.com/r-spatial/global/

Currently, a number of R spatial functions assume that coordinates are two-dimensional, taken from a “flat” space, and may or may not work for geographical (long/lat) coordinates, depicting points on a globe. This project will try to make such functions more robust and helpful for the case of geographical coordinates. It will reconsider the concept of a bounding box, and build an interface to the S2 geometry library (http://s2geometry.io/), which powers several modern systems that assume geographic coordinates.

Expanding the ‘metaverse’; an R ecosystem for meta-research

Martin Westgate (martin.westgate@anu.edu.au)

https://rmetaverse.github.io

Evidence synthesis is the process of identifying, collating and summarizing primary scientific research to provide reliable, transparent summaries such as systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Despite their importance for linking research with policy, however, evidence synthesis projects are often time-consuming, expensive, and difficult to update. Open and reproducible workflows would help address these problems, but these workflows are poorly supported by the current package environment, preventing access by new users and hindering uptake of the well-developed suite of statistical tools for meta-analysis in R. The metaverse project will integrate and expand tools to support evidence synthesis and meta-research in R; suggest flexible workflows to complete these projects in a straightforward and open manner; and provide a collector package allowing easy access to these developments for new and experienced users.

R Community Collaboratives

Angela Li (angela@angelalidata.com)

https://github.com/unconf-toolbox

Previously known as the Unconf Toolbox, R Community Collaboratives provide resources and support to facilitate on-the-ground organization of community events. These events engage individuals in the R community through in-person collaboration on open source projects. R Collabs emphasize learning and mentorship, encouraging R users to become R developers. They are inspired by the unconference organized by rOpenSci, but are designed to encourage local organizers to put on events for their own community. To do so, this project develops useful technical and logistical infrastructure for R Collab organizers. These include a website template, an organizing handbook, and a project dashboard for reporting out.

Join the Grant Program!

Strengthening the R community by improving infrastructure and building for long term stability is one of the primary focuses of the R Consortium. To achieve this, the R Consortium’s Infrastructure Steering Committee (ISC) has developed a grant program to fund development of projects that broadly help the R community.

Everyone is encouraged to apply, regardless of experience or expertise!

For a description of the types of projects that are being funded, examples of previous projects, and more, please see our information here: https://www.r-consortium.org/projects/call-for-proposals

R Consortium Announces Event Sponsorships for 2019

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The R Consortium is committed to the R Community. We support R projects, meetups and events, via grants and sponsorships. Over the last four years, the R Consortium has given more than $125,000 in support of R events both large and small.  We are excited to announce the events we are sponsoring in 2019.

This year we wanted to support a few events in large metro areas with active groups, a mix of geographies, and finally industries that are up and coming.  A big thanks to all the amazing R event organizers who are all working to promote, improve, and grow the R language and community.

2019 Sponsorship funding goes to:

deRSE19, a conference for research software developers in Germany, is taking place June 4-5 at the Albert Einstein Science Park in Potsdam. #deRSE19 welcomes scientists, but also people who finance, operate, develop, or maintain research software and do not usually attend conferences.

Cascadia R Conference, is in its third year, takes place on June 8th and serves the Pacific Northwest region of Oregon, Washington, and Vancouver BC. This event is the place to come together in the Pacific Northwest to discuss how people are solving everyday problems with the R language. Stay tuned for speaker announcements and follow them on twitter @cascadiarconf.

BioConductor is a conference focused on providing insights and tools required for the analysis and comprehension of high-throughput genomic data. The event takes place in New York City June 24-27. Speakers include Rob Patro,Jeffrey Leek, Elli Papaemmanuil, Simina Boca, Lieven Clement, Lihua Julie Zhu, Anshul Kundaje. Follow all the action on Twitter at #bioc2019.

UseR Toulouse This global event, July 9-12, in Toulouse, is the largest meeting of the R user and developer community. The program consists of both invited and user-contributed presentations. Invited keynote lectures cover a broad spectrum of topics ranging from technical and R-related computing issues to general statistical topics of current interest. Keynote speakers include Joe Cheng, CTO, RStudio, Julien Cornebise, Director of Research at Element AI (UK), Bettina Grün Professor, Johannes Kepler Universität Linz (Austria), Julie Josse Professor, École Polytechnique (France) among others. In addition, R Consortium’s own Joe Rickert will be giving a talk on high-profile meetup groups and the work they are delivering. Follow the event on Twitter @UseR2019_Conf

EARL Conference The Enterprise Applications of the R Language Conference (EARL) is a cross-sector conference focusing on the commercial use of the R programming language and takes place in London, on September 10-12. The conference is dedicated to the real-world usage of R with some of the world’s leading practitioners. Workshops for 2019 include Shiny for Production, Deep Learning with Keras for R, and Package Development in R among others. Check the website for updates on speakers or join the mailing list or follow them on Twitter @earlconf ‏.

R/Medicine  The goal of the R/Medicine conference is to promote the use of the R programming environment and ecosystem in medical research and clinical practice. The event takes place September 12-14, 2019, New Haven, CT. Topic areas for R/Medicine include clinical trial design, the analysis of clinical trial data, personalized medicine, the analysis of patient records, the analysis of genetic data, the visualization of medical data, and reproducible research. For more information follow them on Twitter @r_medicine.

satRday Chicago, a brand new event, is a community-led, regional conference to support collaboration, networking, and innovation within the R community. Tracks for the event ranged from academic and civic applications to industry applications, upskilling reproducibility, statistical methodology and more.

New York R Conference united R enthusiasts and data scientists to explore, share, and inspire ideas. This year’s event covered a wide variety of R language topics from Machine Learning in R to GIS, to tidyverse and beyond by some of the best-known data scientists in the community including Andrew Gelman, Emily Robinson, Namita Nandakumar, Max Kuhn, Wes McKinney, Soumya Kalra, David Madigan. For more about the community visit their website at nyhackr.org, follow them on Twitter at @nyhackr and @rstatsnyc.

While our funding efforts are complete for 2019, we encourage the community to continue to share feedback on Twitter @Rconsortium about R events you’d like to see supported in the future. Let us know what conferences are important to you so we can continue to improve our processes and support for the community.

Census Academy Launches with Two R Courses

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by Ari Lamstein

Ari Lamstein is an independent consultant and organizer of the Census Working Group.

The US Census Bureau recently launched Census Academy, an online platform focused on training the public to learn about Census data. R Enthusiasts will be excited to learn that Census Academy has launched with two R-specific courses:

If you have an interest in using R to analyze US Census Data, then, in addition to the above courses, you might also want to read A Guide to Working with Census Data in R. The Guide summarizes the most popular datasets that the Census Bureau publishes, as well as the most popular R packages for working with Census Data.

A Guide to Working with Census Data in R was created as part of the R Consortium’s Census Working Group, which you can learn more about here.