Definitely! The R Consortium’s explicit mission is to “advance the worldwide promotion of and support for the R open source language”, and all of its activities are in support of the Open Source R Project. It will support and promote the use of Open Source R in all contents, including in commercial and business settings.

As defined in its charter, the projects of the Infrastructure Steering Committee will focus on support of the user base, support of developers, and general advancement of Open Source R. In particular, a commercial fork of R isn’t compatible with that mission, and won’t be a project of the R Consortium.

No. The R Consortium welcomes contributions of time, effort and ideas for all passionate users and developers of the R language.

The R Consortium will coordinate and support projects that directly benefit stakeholders within the R user community. Here are some examples of the types of projects the R Consortium might undertake

  • Improving documentation and tools.

  • Sponsoring and helping execute 
conferences and events.

  • Helping to scale and build out R infrastructure.

  • Maintaining an enhanced website focused on the R user community.

This is not an exhaustive list. Anyone may propose a project to the Infrastructure Steering Committee, which selects and executes projects.

The technical projects undertaken by the R Consortium in support of the R Project and the R Community are overseen by the Infrastructure Steering Committee. The charter of the Infrastructure Steering Committee (ISC) describes its mission, which is to advance the worldwide promotion of and support for R, and to develop projects, technical and infrastructure collaboration initiatives, support specific initiatives related to R. The membership of the ISC is drawn from the Platinum Members, Gold Member and the R Foundation. As the ISC appoints top-level projects, it is expected that those project leads will join the ISC as voting members.

The Board Members (including the Chairperson) are appointed or elected by members (depending on the membership class). There is always one board member representing the R Foundation, to provide guidance to the R Consortium in its mission to support the R Project. The remaining Board members are drawn from the membership, and represent the organizations that have joined the R Consortium. All of the current board members have extensive R experience.

The members of the Infrastructure Steering Committee are appointed by the Platinum Members, Gold Members, and the R Foundation member, and includes representatives with significant technical experience, including R package developers, community leaders, and the individuals from the R Core Group.

The R Consortium is governed by the R Consortium Board of Directors, which is made up of representatives determined by its members. (Members of the board are elected or appointed depending on membership levels; for details please see the by-laws.) The Board meets regularly to manage the business of the Consortium. Meetings are led by the Chairperson of the R Consortium, a rotating position held by a board member elected by the Board as a whole.

The technical projects undertaken by the R Consortium in support of the R Project and the R Community are overseen by the Infrastructure Steering Committee.

The R Consortium is a US-based 501(c)6 non-profit organization. Dues are not tax-deductible as charitable donations by individuals, but under US IRS rules may be deductible as trade or business expenses.

Yes, individuals may support the R Consortium by joining as a non-voting associate member. You can also support the R project by contributing to the R Foundation directly.

Hundreds of companies around the world have invested heavily in R, by building systems on the R platform and by hiring thousands of R developers. The R Consortium provides a means for those companies to invest in the R Project directly, to collaborate on projects of mutual interest to support the R Community as a whole, and to support the ongoing success of the R Project.

The R Consortium is an independent organization, but as Collaborative Project of the Linux Foundation, the Linux Foundation provides operational support and guidance.

The R Foundation is the leader of the R Project and the custodian of the R source code and copyright. The R Foundation determines the definition and evolution of the R language.

The R Consortium, as an independent entity, exists to support the R Community and the R Project as a whole — and that includes providing support to the R Foundation. That’s why the R Foundation has a guaranteed seat on the Board and the Infrastructure Steering Committee, to represent the interests of the R Foundation and to propose projects to support R itself.

Members of the R Consortium include the following types of organizations: any association, partnership, organization, governmental agency, company, corporation, academic entity, or non-profit entity with an interest in supporting R. (Individuals may also join as associate members.) In addition, the R Foundation is automatically a member and always has a seat on the Board and the Infrastructure Steering Committee. You can see a current list of members here.

The R user community has experienced tremendous growth. 
With growth there is a greater need for cooperation and communication among R users and R stakeholders. 
R will continually benefit from improvements to its technical tools and resources. 
The mission of the R Consortium is to help with support and coordination of the important activities of the R Community, via projects selected and executed its Infrastructure Steering Committee.

No! The R Consortium welcomes contributions of time, effort and ideas for all passionate users and developers of the R language. After formal meetings of the Infrastructure Steering Committee have begun (which we anticipate will occur soon), we will distribute information on how project ideas can be submitted to the Infrastructure Steering Committee.

Yes! You can find copies of the by-laws for the R Consortium, Inc. and the charter for the infrastructure steering committee.

Interfere with the R language itself and its development.

The R Consortium will coordinate and support projects that directly benefit stakeholders within the R user community, for example:

  •  Improving documentation and tools.
  • Sponsoring and helping execute 
conferences and events.
  • Helping to scale and build out R infrastructure.
  • Maintaining an enhanced website focused on the R user community.

R users and stakeholders as members of the consortium in addition to representatives from the R Foundation with operational support provided by The Linux Foundation.

The R user community has experienced tremendous growth. 
With growth there is a greater need for cooperation and communication among R users and R stakeholders. 
R will continually benefit from improvements to its technical tools and resources. 
The goal of the Consortium is to help with support and coordination of the important activities of the R Community.