The R Consortium has already funded 8 projects (and 3 more just in July) proposed by the R community, and the call for proposals for yet more projects is now open. If you have an idea for a projects that would advance R or the R Community, get your submission in by February 10, 2017.
Meanwhile, the already-funded projects are making good progress. R-hub, the build service for R packages, has been running a successful public beta for a couple of months now. The SatRDays mini-conferences project has already had one very successful sold-out meeting in Budapest (follow that link for recordings of the talks), with another scheduled in Cape Town on February 18, 2017. R-ladies has rapidly expanded to 25 chapters around the world. And two other projects have recently reached interim milestones.
RL10N, the project to translate R into other spoken languages, has achieved its first milestone with the release of the poio package on CRAN. This package allows translators to create simple files with translations of messages, warnings, and errors. Next, the project plans to add tools for managing and updating translations, and finding translators to create the files in various languages.
The Improving Database Intefaces project has also made good progress, releasing the RSQLite v1.1 package. This provides a standardized interface to the SQLite database according to the DBI specification (which continues to evolve). This same interface will be extended to other databases, and make withing with different databases in R more consistent.
The R Consortium is also now sponsoring R user groups around the world, so if you are a member of an established R user group or would like to set one up, follow that link to apply for sponsorship. You can also find a list of local R user groups here on the blog.
Thanks as always to the members of the R Consortium (Microsoft, RStudio and all the others) for providing the funding to support these worthwhile projects!