Sustainers of the tidyverse — H2O World

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Video and slides from my talk at H2O World SF on the technical tools, virtual spaces, and social norms that have empowered community contributions to the tidyverse.


Mara Averick


Feb 9, 2019


If a piece of open-source software is to survive its own success, it must have a healthy community of active contributors. The tidyverse, a collection of R packages for data science with a shared underlying design philosophy, has become popular in no small part because of its usability among those who do not consider themselves to be “programmers.” However, this active base of non-developer users has been a fruitful source of contributions as we’ve sought to highlight aspects of contributing to open source beyond committing lines of code. This talk covers the technical tools, virtual spaces, and social norms that have enabled and empowered community contributions.



The full-resolution slides as well as links to additional resources can be found in the talk’s GitHub repo.

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BibTeX citation:
  author = {Averick, Mara},
  title = {Sustainers of the Tidyverse — {H2O} {World}},
  date = {2019-02-09},
  url = {},
  langid = {en-US}
For attribution, please cite this work as:
Averick, Mara. 2019. “Sustainers of the tidyverse — H2O World.” February 9, 2019.