Funded ISC Grants (2016-1)

The R Consortium Infrastructure Steering Committee periodically solicits proposals from the worldwide R community for projects which will help advance the state of the R ecosystem. Developers and organizations may apply to participate in the program and recieve funding to help further a project or initiative.

Grants funded in this cycle:


A unified framework for Distributed Computing in R

Funded:
$10,000

Proposed by:
Michael Lawrence

Summary:
Many Big Data platforms expose R-based interfaces that lack standardization and are therefore difficult to learn. This project will develop a common framework to simplify and standardize how users program distributed applications in R, ultimately reducing duplication of effort.

Improving DBI

Funded:
$26,500

Proposed by:
Kirill Mueller

Summary:
Database access is an important cornerstone of the R ecosystem, but today’s specifications – data type transformation, return values, error conditions – 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.

R Implimentation Optimization Tooling (RIOT) Workshops

Funded:
$10,000

Proposed by:
Mark Hornick

Summary:
RIOT 2016 is a one-day workshop to unite R language developers, identify R language development and tooling opportunities, increase involvement of the R user community and more.

RL10N: R Localization Proposal

Funded:
$10,000

Proposed by:
Richard Cotton

Summary:
Although the R language is used globally, very few R packages are available in languages other than English. The RL10N project will make it easier for R developers to include translations in their own packages.

SatRDays

Funded:
$10,000

Proposed by:
Stephanie Locke

Summary:
“SatRDays” are community-led, regional conferences to support collaboration, networking and innovation within the R community. Initially three events will be hosted, with plans for additional meet-ups as the R user base grows.

Simple Features for R

Funded:
$10,000

Proposed by:
Edzer Pebesma

Summary:
Using the “Simple Features” standard supported by the Open Geospatial Consortium and the International Organization for Standardization, this tool will simplify analysis on modern geospatial data.

Software Carpentry R Instructor Training

Funded:
$10,000

Proposed by:
Laurent Gatto

Summary:
This two-day in-person training course will introduce the basics of R programming and address the growing demand for training resources for the R language.