[Rd] Bridging R to OpenOffice

Leonard Mada 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 
program (Calc).

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 
mailing list, 
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 
team members.

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.


Leonard Mada

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