Transforming science through open data, software & reproducibility

rOpenSci is a non-profit initiative founded in 2011 by Karthik Ram, Scott Chamberlain, and Carl Boettiger. Staff includes developers, researchers, and community builders. Non-staff strategic advisors and editorial board members are volunteers.


  • Creating technical infrastructure in the form of carefully vetted, staff and community-contributed R software tools that lower barriers to working with scientific data sources on the web
  • Making the right data, tools and best practices more discoverable
  • Creating social infrastructure through a welcoming and diverse community
  • Promoting advocacy for a culture of data sharing and reusable software
  • Building capacity of software users and developers and fostering a sense of pride in their work