[Rd] Bridging R to OpenOffice
lmada at gmx.net
Tue Mar 27 20:41:30 CEST 2007
Dear members of the R Development Team,
I am looking for people with a deep understanding of R internals to
assist in bridging R to OpenOffice.
While R is a state of the art statistical environment, less experienced
users often find it difficult to work with R. Therefore, I believe that
a bridge between R and a spreadsheet program will make this transition
less painful. I sincerely believe that this will benefit both the R
community as well as the potential new users.
OpenOffice is an open-source office suite that includes a spreadsheet
OpenOffice.org (OOo) is participating in the Google Summer of Code 2007
initiative sponsored by Google and one of the proposed projects involves
the creation of an add-on component that allows an OOo Calc user to let
the R environment do calculations on data from Calc cells and put the
results into the spreadsheet again. A brief description can be found on
the OOo Summer of Code wiki page
Two students have already shown interest in this project (see the OOo
the "Summer of Code: R and Calc" thread).
While mentoring is already available from a member of the OpenOffice
team (I will try to offer a helping hand on statistics and R-syntax, but
NOT the coding part itself), I feel that we still need someone with
R-core expertise. I am aware of various existing packages (rcom, RDCOM)
and the availability of various online-informations (like
http://developer.r-project.org/embedded.html), however more specific
questions may arise in the future, especially as this embedding should
be platform-independent, and I would welcome any help from the R-core
I am looking forward to hear from you and hope that this project will be
a great success. I would like to thank you in advance for your effort.
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