1st CambR Meeting Minutes

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Feb 1, 2012, 7:23:42 AM2/1/12
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Dear all,

Last week, we had our first CambR User Group meeting (see picture -
http://goo.gl/p8SFE). Right off the bat we had a great turn out. We
welcomed a wide diversity of delegates from many University
departments, institutes and private companies, newcomeRs and
experienced R users and developers (for instance developers/
maintainers of the topGO, baySeq, BayesPeak, beadarray and
BeadDataPackR, rje and MSnbase packages), many bioinformaticians as
well as statisticians and people with interests in ecology or

The meeting started with a brief presentation by each delegate,
including slides by a few. We then shared some of our favourite
resources and R course in Cambridge, that will be summarised on our
web page (www.CambR.org.uk) soon.

The meeting went on with a discussion on CambR's future directions.
All people expressed their interest in repeating the experience. We
would be aiming for a meeting with 2-3 talks: possibly one 20 minute
talks on a R-related scientific topic and one or two 20 minute
technical or educational talks, focused on a specific R topics of
general interest. We already have volunteers to present topics like
'Optimisation in R', 'Package development' or 'Object-oriented
programming'. It was also suggested to possibly invite private
companies, located in the Cambridge area, that use R, as a way to
broaden the scope outside of academia. We agreed that we might want to
organise our next meeting in a pub, in the same spirit as the LondonR
meetings; the Fountain Inn, on Regent Street, that has a projector and
a separate room was suggested. We also discussed funding
opportunities: Revolution Analytics has a R user group sponsoring
scheme; some of us also discussed with Mango Solutions at the last
LondonR meeting. The agreed frequency for the meetings was every 3 to
4 months, which leads us to April/May, for a second CambR meeting. We
will aim for wider advertisement (on various mailing lists and
institutes and companies in the area) and broader impact on the local
R community.

Thank you again to all those that were able to make it.

Looking forward seeing you next time.

Laurent and Sven
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