Beyond syntax, towards subculture: on the power and potentiality of deep open source communities

             

Introduction R is a growing, vibrant programming language. Originally created by Ihaka and Gentleman in the 1990s, what was a niche experimental language is now in mainstream usage across many disciplines and domains (Ihaka, 1998). One thing that Ihaka and Gentleman may not have intended at the time was the fact that R is no longer just a programming language. Users of R are developing into a distinct programming subculture at the intersection of multiple domains.


CPA Emerging Leaders Conference

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I had the opportunity to talk at the CPA Emerging Leaders Conference today in Melbourne, then again next week in Sydney. It was a great crowd with a really interesting mix of perspectives. I was talking about Creating data driven value and insights, which was aimed at showing an already very data literate group of people (accountants!) how to get started with data driven thinking. My thoughts on getting started come down to five things:


Speaking Engagements 2018

             

2018 May Emerging Leaders Conference: Melbourne, CPA Australia Creating data driven value and insights Thursday 17 May. Emerging Leaders Conference: Sydney, CPA Australia Creating data driven value and insights Wednesday 23 May. June July useR!2018: Brisbane, useR! Committee Beyond syntax, towards culture: the potentiality of deep open source communities


Pro Bono Work

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I often take on pro bono work for organisations that need help developing a data strategy or delivering a data science project. The kinds of things I do for not for profits include advice on research design, analysis, modelling, or training data analysts. I may not always be able to say yes, but if you’re a not for profit or research group who need a hand, please don’t hesitate to ask.


Upcoming Engagements

        

2018 May Emerging Leaders Conference: Melbourne, CPA Australia Creating data driven value and insights Thursday 17 May. Emerging Leaders Conference: Sydney, CPA Australia Creating data driven value and insights Wednesday 23 May. June July useR!2018: Brisbane, useR! Committee Beyond syntax, towards culture: the potentiality of deep open source communities