Volunteer to help improve R’s documentation

September 12, 2016

(This article was first published on Revolutions, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

The R Consortium, in its most recent funding round, awarded a grant of $10,000 to The R Documentation Task Force, whose mission is to design and build the next generation R documentation system. (Microsoft is a Platinum Member of the R Consortium.) The task force has the support and participation of R Core members Duncan Murdoch, Michael Lawrence, and Martin Maechler and aims to take the best from the many attempts to improve documentation and unify them into a system that will be more standard, flexible and powerful. (You can read details of the poposal here.) 

The task force is now looking for volunteers to help with the project, in an announcement on the R mailing lists:

If you have expertise in documentation systems or documentation of objects or interest in building a documentation system we invite you to participate.  We will be considering documentation in all common forms such as function and class documentation, but also areas such as data frames, non-standard objects, packages, and how vignettes fit into the documentation framework.  If you have opinions or concerns that you would like to make sure are addressed please join.

To join send an email to Andrew dot Redd at hsc dot utah dot edu, expressing your interests, skills or expertise as it relates to R documentation.  Also email if you have ideas or concerns but do not wish to play and active role.

If you have the requisite expertise, please to consider volunteering for the project. Improvements to R documentation will benefit every R user, from beginners, to experienced users and package developers.

R-devel mailing list: Announcing the R Documentation Task Force

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