rOpenSci is a scientific open source project whose primary mission is to promote development and use of high-quality research software in the research community. The rOpenSci team and community enable this transformation by training domain experts in good software development practices and fostering a peer review culture for research software. Simultaneously the project is also responsible for building robust software to help researchers access, discover, publish and work with disparate types of scientific data. rOpenSci plays a critical role in the scientific software ecosystem, particularly in the R programming language.

BIDS Senior Researcher Karthik Ram is rOpenSci's Co-founder and Project Lead, and an Associate Editor of rOpenSci Software Peer Review.

rOpenSci Announces $400K CZI Award to Empower Historically Excluded Groups as Community Leaders in Scientific Open Source Projects
December 20, 2021  |  Karthik Ram  |   rOpenSci Blog

rOpenSci Announces a New Award From The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to Improve the Scientific Package Ecosystem for R
November 6, 2019   |   Karthik Ram   |   rOpenSci Blog

rOpenSci Announces $678K Award from the Sloan Foundation to Expand Software Peer Review
July 15, 2019  |  Karthik Ram and Noam Ross  |   rOpenSci Blog

Scaling the Heights of Data Science: rOpenSci moves mountains of data to transform environmental research
Fall 2016 | Nate Seltenrich | Breakthoughs: The Magazine of the College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

rOpenSci Announces $2.9M Award from the Helmsley Charitable Trust
November 19, 2015  |  Karthik Ram |   rOpenSci Blog



BIDS Affiliates


Karthik Ram

Senior Research Data Scientist

Carl Boettiger

Environmental Science, Policy, & Management; UC Berkeley
Faculty Affiliate

Jeroen Ooms

Assistant Research Engineer