• September Sheffield R Meetup: Alison Parton and Jeremy Oakley

    After the summer break, Sheffield R group is back with a couple of great talks to kick off the new season.

  • NBN Hack Results

    In March we ran a series of hack events centred around the National Biodiversity Network’s data gateway. We teamed up with Sheffield Wildlife Trust to investigate the data and see what we might be able to learn. Thanks to Tom August’s rnbn package, it was a cinch to get the data which is kindly contributed by volunteers and organisations across the country.

    Our hack was organised around several projects selected after a pitch session. Attendees chose a team based on the project and collaborated using a shared HackPad and pushed their code to a central GitHub repository.

  • National Biodiversity Hack Event

    We’re running a hackathon event over three sessions in March. The hack will focus on the National Biodiversity Network’s data to collaboratively develop outputs that benefit the public, Council or local wildlife organisations.

  • January Sheffield R Meetup: Happy New-ish YeaR!

    This month we will be talking in more detail about our upcoming NBN Biodiversity Hack event, which will be held over the first 3 weeks of March. Paul and Anna will share some of our experiences from the Open Data Sheffield #hackthemarine event held earlier this month, and we will bounce around any ideas the group may have for exciting analyses and visualisations using the biodiversity data.

  • November Sheffield R Meetup: Matt Aldridge

    This month we are delighted to welcome a guest speaker Matt Aldridge from Mango Solutions - a company which specialises in data analysis/science, training and consultancy using R. You may know them as they organise the Effective Applications of the R Language (EARL) conferences in the UK and US. Matt’s talk will be titled “The Changing Face of R” and will be accessible to all regardless of experience or background - it will certainly be interesting in how R is being used to shape data analysis away from the academic ivory tower!

  • October Sheffield R Meetup: Git, GitHub, and Shiny apps

    This month we will be taking a look at integrating git and github use with R. Git is a great tool to help you manage your code using version control - helping avoid that annoying situation where you have 8 different pieces of code and can’t remember which one you should be using! Github then allows you to share your code and documentation, which can be a great way to disseminate your work and help others to reproduce it (as per the philosophy of open science). We also plan on using it in the upcoming Biodiversity hack event! Feel free to bring your laptops along if you want to dabble as we go!

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