Oracle has supported the R Consortium since its inception in 2015 ( R Consortium Launched!). As a provider of multiple software tools and products that leverage and extend R, joining the R Consortium was a natural way for Oracle to give back to the R community and contribute to the evolution of the R ecosystem.
The R Consortium provides vendors a forum within which to suggest needed projects for the R community, and to raise concerns. Through the Infrastructure Steering Committee (ISC), knowledgeable contributors from the R community review proposals and allocate funds to make needed R projects happen. Oracle is an active participant in ISC working groups such as Code Coverage, where this group released an enhanced version of the covr package and pursues exploring ways to encourage adopting best practices for R package quality, and security.
The R Consortium also supports the R Implementation, Optimization, and Tooling (RIOT) Workshop, which held its third event at UseR!2017 in Brussels, Belgium. Oracle is one of the organizers for this event. The workshop goals include sharing experience in developing and promoting alternative R language implementations, promoting the development of different R implementations, and discussing future directions for the R language, among others.
These are just two examples where the R Consortium brings together some of the best R talent in the world to address the needs of the R Community. The R Consortium helps ensure the continued growth and maintenance of R and its broader ecosystem, while providing visibility for companies supporting and contributing to R.
We encourage other companies to consider the value the R Consortium brings to the R Community and join the R Consortium.