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9B - Community and Outreach 2
Friday, 09/July/2021:
8:00pm - 9:30pm

Session Chair: Stefanie Butland
Zoom Host: Yuya Matsumura
Replacement Zoom Host: Joselyn Chávez
Virtual location: The Lounge #talk_community_outreach_2

Session Topics:
Community and Outreach

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8:00pm - 8:20pm
ID: 294 / ses-09-B: 1
Regular Talk
Topics: Community and Outreach
Keywords: Survey, underrepresentation, inclusion, community

Using R in Latin America: the great, the good, the bad, and the ugly

Virginia A. García Alonso1,2, Paola Corrales3, Claudia A. Huaylla4, Andrea Gómez Vargas5, Joselyn Chávez6, Denisse Fierro Arcos7,8

1Universidad de Buenos Aires, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Departamento de Biodiversidad y Biología Experimental (DBBE), Buenos Aires, Argentina; 2CONICET-Universidad de Buenos Aires, Instituto de Biodiversidad y Biología Experimental y Aplicada (IBBEA), Buenos Aires, Argentina; 3CIMA, FCEN, UBA; 4IRNAD-CONICET-UNRN; 5FSOC, UBA; 6IBt-UNAM; 7University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania; 8ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes, Hobart, Tasmania

R is used globally for diverse purposes. However, how widely is it used in peripheral countries? What barriers and challenges are faced there? We are a group of R useRs from Latin America, a region facing several barriers: language, infrastructure, distance, different access to resources, information and training.

This inequality often represents not only an additional barrier for people to learn and use R, but also an obstacle to participate in international events which reduces our representation on the global sphere. Before improving the inclusion of Latin Americans in the global R community, we need to comprehensively understand useRs’ experiences. With this aim in mind, we created an online survey designed to assess which challenges Latin American R users face that has been shared within a strong existing network of Latin American useRs from Tijuana to Ushuaia.

Over 900 useRs completed the survey and preliminary results already highlight that several useRs from this region often face challenges associated with not being native English speakers or with lacking access to certain resources. However, it also revealed that many belong to different R communities such as R-Ladies and LatinR among others, serving as useful platforms to connect with others who can help to cope with the shared difficulties they face.

In this talk we will present the analysis and results from this survey and invite others to do the same as this open and reusable initiative seeks to inspire other underserved regions around the world to measure their strengths and challenges to help increase inclusion and diversity of the international R community.

8:20pm - 8:40pm
ID: 280 / ses-09-B: 2
Regular Talk
Topics: Community and Outreach
Keywords: R community, data-driven exploration, dashboards a central community infrastructure for R


R Central, Nigeria

Large amounts of user data are generated from several social and technology spaces within the R Community daily, providing information about important trends and insights that could be helpful in planning for the future of a sustainable open-source community.

This presentation is about, a website for tracking R related data from popular online spaces like MEETUP, CRAN, GITHUB, TWITTER, STACKOVERFLOW & R-BLOGGERS with the purpose of understanding time-related trends (where applicable). The visualizations from this tool are planned to provide an easy way for newbies/oldies to the R language to discover communities and events that are available to them, while allowing an exploration of past and future R Conferences/meetups for all. The infrastructure relies on open-source R packages and continuous integration technology for regular update of data.

With the results of this tool, users, organizations and sub-communities are able to find extra insights for driving decision-making regarding developments around the R language and its global community. 

Link to package or code repository.

8:40pm - 9:00pm
ID: 271 / ses-09-B: 3
Regular Talk
Topics: Community and Outreach
Keywords: Community, R markdown, R packages, GitHub, CI/CD

CovidR and rmdgallery: A streamlined process for collecting community contributions in a gallery website

Riccardo Porreca, Francesca Vitalini

Mirai Solutions GmbH, Switzerland

The active open source community is certainly one of R’s greatest assets. During the organization of the virtual e-Rum2020, in the midst of the pandemic outbreak, the Organizing Committee thought of engaging the R community by gathering contributions around the topic of COVID-19, as part of the pre-conference event CovidR ( This came with the need for a smooth and integrated way of collecting community work, which was elegantly addressed in the form of a contributions gallery website (, populated with submissions coming as Pull Requests / Issues in a GitHub repository.

Behind the scenes, this was supported by the development of a novel package rmdgallery (, providing an R markdown site generator for a gallery of (embedded) content created in a dynamic way based on metadata in YAML or JSON format. This simple yet flexible tool, paired with GitHub Actions and the community features of GitHub, was key to the CovidR success, in a number of ways. These include: seamless submission process, automated inclusion in the gallery of contributed abstracts and content, collecting "likes'' using Utterances (, dynamic badges reflecting the status as the context evolved, live updates during the event with the announced awardees in a matter of a pull-request.

In this talk, I will go through the main features of the package and its application for the CovidR contest, highlighting the power of using open source tools for community and collaborative initiatives.

9:00pm - 9:20pm
ID: 296 / ses-09-B: 4
Regular Talk
Topics: Community and Outreach
Keywords: media, podcast, rmarkdown

How open-source and R enable state-of-the-art media production

Eric Nantz

Statistican / Podcast Host

The global pandemic has impacted numerous aspects of lives, with many of us learning new techniques for harnessing digital technology for our daily work and communicating with the rest of the world. The landscape of software for producing content in both audio and video has seen tremendous growth in capabilities, creating new opportunities to share knowledge. In what seems like a lifetime ago, I created the R-Podcast in 2011 as a unique way to share my journey in learning more about the R language, providing resources to new and experienced users alike, and to showcase the awesome work of the R community. Even in that early stage, I was able to harness open-source software to produce and distribute the episodes, even with R playing a prominent role in the web presence. More recently, I have launched a new venture called the Shiny Developer Series that leverages the latest media production open-source software such as Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) and OBS Ninja to give me full control to produce my content without any compromises. In this talk, I will share my key learnings from producing media content about R and how myself and the growing community of R media content producers are using open-source to spread their knowledge of R to the entire world.

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