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.).
Son utilisation et sa communauté ne cessent de se développer. La croissance du nombre de formations, d’enseignements universitaires et de supports de documentation sur R (du tweet au livre) à travers le monde ne font que renforcer cette impression. C’est dans ce contexte qu’un groupe d’ingénieur·es et de chercheur·es membres du CIST ont déposé fin 2018 le projet exploratoire Rzine (initialement nommé CIST’R).


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.

Il s’agit d’un projet fédérateur et collaboratif, qui fonctionnera grâce à l’adhésion d’une communauté de contributeur·rices.


Agenda du projet exploratoire Rzine

  • Date limite : 6 June 2022 – AAS CIST2023 - Apprendre des territoires / Enseigner les territoires
  • 18 May 2022 – Programming Historian en français, Rzine... & Tutos : Faire communauté autour des dispositifs et des formats alternatifs du savoir
  • 17 May 2022 – Documenter ses traitements
  • 12 April 2022 – Rzine : diffusion, partage et valorisation de ressources sur la pratique de R en sciences humaines et sociales
  • 3 December 2021 – Les notebooks, enjeux et problématiques en lien avec le cycle des données de la recherche
  • 10 May 2021 – Rzine. Documenter les pratiques de R en SHS
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