Welcome to the R Consortium’s 2023 Q2 newsletter. This quarterly newsletter puts together the latest updates about our organization’s activities, the progress each working group has made, upcoming R-related events, and recording of past events. In short, all you need to know about the R Consortium! We hope you enjoy it.
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Change in R Consortium Leadership – Thank you, Joseph Rickert!
After serving as chair of the board for the R Consortium and being involved in multiple R Consortium committees both on the technical and community development sides, as well as participating directly in R-focused events, webinars, and countless other R activities, Joseph Rickert is stepping away from the position. The board will be conducting elections to decide the next chair.
Thank you for your tireless interest in promoting R and supporting developers and user groups around the world who are working to improve the R programming language.
Thank you, Joseph! 🏅
Nominations for Chairperson, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary will be open until July 14, 2023. Make a self-nomination HERE
R/Medicine 2023 Keynotes ⚕️
Catch up with RUGS (R useR Groups) and ISC-Funded Projects
Newly-Funded ISC Projects for 2023 Cycle One ⚙️
- Secure TLS Communications for R
- volcalc: Calculate predicted volatility of chemical compounds
- autotest: Automated testing of R packages
- api2r: An R Package for Auto-Generating R API Clients
R Validation Hub Update
The R Validation Hub recently had its community meeting after a brief hiatus. The team discussed announcements, and common challenges, and brainstormed ideas for possible future projects through the R Validation Hub. Stay tuned for the next monthly community meeting in late July. Read More
Join the community calls – Stay tuned for dates! 📆
📣 RENEWED Working Group
The Census WG has been renewed! Ari Lamstein, Director of Analytics at MarketBridge, shares how the group plans to use R for census data and the resources the group hopes to revitalize such as ‘A Guide to Working with Census Data in R.’ Learn more: Renewing the R Consortium Census Working Group
Working groups updates
RENEWED: Census Guide Working Group
The Census Guide WG has been renewed, learn more in the recent announcement: Renewing the R Consortium Census Working Group
Interested in being part of this working group? Fill out the interest form
|Domains and Sub Topics|
The R Certification Working Group has continued to fill up the question bank and have narrowed down the domains and sub-topics for exam guide. Group will engage with hosting services for the alpha exam draft.
|Joseph Korszun email@example.com|
Further information: https://github.com/RConsortium/R-Certification-WG
R Tables for Regulatory Submission (RTRS)
We have finalized the content for the first edition of “Clinical Trial Tables in R” which reviews the landscape of table packages in R relevant to the output of static clinical trial tables.
The final publication location for Edition 1 of the book is still being determined, but it can be viewed now at https://rconsortium.github.io/rtrs-wg/
|Gabe Becker firstname.lastname@example.org|
Adrian Waddell email@example.com
Working Group github repository: https://github.com/RConsortium/rtrs-wg
R Validation Hub
|Reg R Repo|
The Reg R Repo is a working group under the R Validation Hub striving to support a transparent, open, dynamic, cross-industry approach of establishing and maintaining a repository of R packages with accompanying evidence of their quality and the assessment criteria.
8 sponsor companies, 2 contract research organizations (CRO), 1 health authority, 2 service provider companies compose this working group.
Join us at the Basel useR! conference on July 21st where we will give a talk!
|Doug Kelkhoff |
|Multiple Pilot Submission Projects are under way|
Pilot 2 – which contained an interactive shiny app was resubmitted through the FDA Gateway. We expect the FDA’s report in July
Pilot 3 – includes building the ADaM datasets used in the test submissions will be ready to go as soon as Pilot 2 is complete.
Pilot 4 – is investigating technologies to achieve long term reproducibility of submissions including containers and Web Assembly technology.
R Consortium Submissions WG GitHub
|Working with CRAN|
The Repositories working group has had several conversations with members of the CRAN team about how the R Community can better understand the various CRAN internal testing environments in order that R developers can better emulate CRAN tests before submitting packages.
At least one member of the CRAN team has also expressed an interest in having the R Consortium provided help implementing container technology to upgrade a CRAN test environment.
|Further information: see the minutes of the WG meeting which contains a link to a video of the meeting and the recent rOpenSci newsletter.|
|Reconsideration of fundamental type for S7 objects|
We shifted to using LISTSXP as the C-level type for S7 objects, but we are considering moving back to S4SXP contingent on generalization of that type to formally support alternative object systems.
- R/Basel, a useR! regional Conference July 21st, 2023, Roche Basel Campus
- New York R Conference – Workshops from July 11-12 and Conference from July 13-14 2023
- LatinR 2023 – Taking place in Montevideo, Uruguay from October 18-20, 2023
- Cascadia R Conference – Taking place in Seattle, Washington from Saturday, August 19, 2023
- Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) – August 5 – 10, 2023, in Toronto, Canada
- R Project Sprint August 30 – September 1, 2023, Warwick UK
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R in Business
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- Development of a community-based collaboration platform
- Organization and sponsorship of events
- Research on relevant topics in the intersection of business/accounting and technology
- Development of openly available courses/tutorials
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