On January 31, the R Consortium presented a webinar with updates on various projects that have been funded (thanks to the R Consortium member dues) and are underway. Each project was presented by the project leader, a member of the R community. You can watch the recording of the webinar here, but here's a brief summary of what was covered, grouped by infrastructure projects (R packages and support systems) and community projects (events and groups).
R-hub [Gabor Csardi]: As one of the first projects funded by the R Consortium, the R-hub project is nearing completion. This R package-building services makes things easier for package developers (and CRAN maintainers) by building and testing R packages on Windows, Linux and (soon!) Mac.
Distributed Computing Working Group [Michael Lawrence]: This group is developing a standardized API in R for distributed computing, and are in the process of implementing the draft interface in the ddR package, with the assistance of an R Consortium-funded intern (Clark Fitzgerald).
Simple Features for R [Edzer Pebesma]: This project is developing the “sf” package for R, providing a standardized interface to spatial data used with geographic information systems.
Mapedit [Tim Appelhans]: The goal of this project is to provide an tool for quick-and-easy editing of spatial data visualizations. An alpha version of the mapedit package is available now.
Improving DBI [Kirill Müller]: This group aims to provide a unified database interface for R. The interface is defined by the DBI package, and it's already being used by the RSQLite package.
R Documentation Task Force [Andrew Webb]: This group is working to design and implement the next-generation documentation system for R.
Native APIs for R [Lukas Stadler]: This working group is looking to modernize the low-level APIs provided within R's underlying implementation and contribute improvements to the R Core team.
RUGS [Joseph Rickert]: The R Consortium now has an active project to fund local R user groups, and has provided grants to 25 groups thus far.
RIOT Workshop [Lukas Stadler]: The Workshop on R implementation, Optimization and Tooling — focused on core R engine development — was held last year in Stanford, and follow-up is being planned for 2017.
R-Ladies [Gabriela de Queiroz]: This group has founded over 35 chapters of R-Ladies user groups, serving more than 4000 female R users.
Personally, I'm so impressed with the contributions that all of these groups have made for all R users with such effective use of their R Consortium grants. (There's more to come, too: the R Consortium is accepting applications for the next round of grants, through today.) If you agree with me that these represent worthwhile projects, I hope you encourage your employer to become a member of the R Consortium. The more members (and the membership dues), the more such projects can be funded.