The first rOpenSci unconference in Australia was held on Thursday and Friday (April 21-22, 2016) in sunny Brisbane, at the Microsoft Innovation Centre. This event brought together researchers, developers, data scientists and open data enthusiasts from industry, government and university. The aim was to conceptualise and develop R-based tools that addressed current challenges in data science, open science and reproducibility.
Proceedings followed the rOpenSci unconference model. This meant there was a focus on doing, there were no talks and no presentations. Problems were generated and prioritised collaboratively by participants. Past projects related to open data, data visualization, data publication and open science using R. Collobration was fun, furious, and most importnatly, respectful of our code of conduct. The Unconference successfully brought together the Australia R and open Science community, and we hope it was the first of many more to come.
Participants collaborated on a wide range topics, resulting in the creation of vingettes and several R packages. Explore the highlights from #auunconf 2016 through the links to the right.
Eechidna, a package for easily creating visual mashups of Australian electoral and demographic data.
A collection of vignettes for pulling Australian weather data into R.
A package for auto downloading, and unzipping Australian weather grids.
Leafier, a proof of concept for enhancing the performance of large spatial datasets in leaflet.
Snowball, a framework for adminstering AWS clusters and scheduling cluster jobs from within R.
Blog posts, news articles and testemonials from the event.
Given the positive response to the 2016 event, plans are in the works for two events in 2017:
Every 2016 participant is to be congratulated on creating a positive, communal and productive environment.
South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) - Aquatic Sciences / Freelancer
Microsoft, National University of Singapore
ACEMS, Melbourne University
School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland
We are extremely grateful to all of the sponsors for the 2016 event. If you would like to sponsor the 2017 event, please email auunconf [at] ropensci [dot] org