Free and Open Source
Software for Data Science

J.J. Allaire
rstudio::conf 2020



  • Origins of RStudio

  • Why free and open source software?

  • Tools for scientific and technical computing

    • Where do they come from?
    • How are they financially supported?
    • Are they trustworthy?
  • Corporations and their discontents

  • RStudio’s role and responsibilities

Origins of RStudio

The Bill James Baseball Abstract (1983)

14-year old me is shocked to learn that most of what I’ve learned from baseball experts and insiders is entirely wrong.