Use of R in Official Statistics 2020 – 8th International Conference

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Date(s) - 02/12/2020 - 04/12/2020
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Use of R in Official Statistics 2020 – 8th International Conference was to take place 6–8 May but due to the corona virus pandemic it is now planned for 2-4 December in Vienna, Austria. Website:


The annual conference on the Use of R in Official Statistics will take place at the premises of Statistics Austria, 6-8 May 2020 2-4 December 2020. The conference consists of one tutorial day (6 May 2020 2 December 2020) and two days of scientific conference (7-8 May 2020 3-4 December 2020).

We are also excited to announce an “unconference” “Use of R in Official Statistics” back-to-back with the uRos2020 conference, scheduled on 4-5 May 2020 30 November – 1 December 2020.

Over the last two decades R has become the lingua franca for statisticians, methodologists and data scientists worldwide. The reasons why the official statistics community is rapidly embracing R are clear: it has an active worldwide community of users, there is wide support from the industry and it combines a vast amount of functionalities for data preparation, methodology, visualisation and application building. Moreover, R-based software is exchanged through strictly enforced technical standards: “R is probably the most thoroughly validated statistics software on Earth.” – Uwe Ligges, CRAN maintainer (useR!2017).

Finally, R is a free (libre) Open Source software product, making it an ideal environment for sharing, collaboration and industrialising official statistics.

The annual event “use of R in Official Statistics” started as a local conference at the Statistical Office of Romania in 2013, with the first international edition being held at that same office in 2014. In 2018, Statistics Netherlands hosted the sixth edition of this event, which brought together official statisticians, scientists, and prominent members of the R community to share ideas on using and developing R tools in the area of official statistics.

Now it is Statistics Austria’s turn to host this stimulating meeting and we very much look forward to welcoming you to Vienna in 2020.