Rzine - Production and distribution of documentation on R

This exploratory project has been selected for the FR CIST 2019-2023 quinquennial contract.

The main objective of this project is to federate document production initiatives for the development and dissemination of quality resources on the use of R in social and territorial sciences.

The R-language software is permanently installed in both the social and hard sciences. Today, it is a unifying analysis tool for many disciplines interacting with the field of territorial sciences (physical and human geography, geomatics, demography, sociology, archaeology, economy, environment, history, linguistics, etc.).
Its use and its community are constantly growing. The proliferation of training courses, university courses and documentation materials on R (from tweet to book) around the world only reinforces this impression. It is in this context that a group of engineers and researchers members of CIST submitted the Rzine exploratory project (initially named CIST'R) at the end of 2018.


The project is organised around two activities:

  • Establishment of a series of publications, submitted to proofreading and covering several themes. These publications may take different forms: manual, technical sheet, methodological or thematic sheet, exercise. Collaborative, interdisciplinary and inter-team work will be strongly recommended, and even compulsory for the writing of manuals. In order to facilitate collaborative work and the updating of documentation, the publication system will be based on the Git version management software.
  • Setting up of a platform for storing and distributing quality publications that are free to use on R. The purpose of this website is to disseminate Rzine publications, but also to highlight and disseminate other types of publications relating to the use of R from external initiatives (blog, summer school, working group, etc.). This collaborative platform will enable each person to disseminate their own documentation, efficiently referenced and in a sustainable manner.

The concrete objective of this exploratory project today is to encourage the production of quality publications on R, to ensure their sustainability and to promote their dissemination in a broad multidisciplinary perimeter.

This is a federative and collaborative project, which will function thanks to the membership of a community of contributors.

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