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Incubator: Expanding the R community in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
Friday, 09/July/2021:
6:45pm - 7:45pm

Session Chair: Batool Almarzouq
Zoom Host: Pamela Pairo
Replacement Zoom Host: Aditi Shah
Virtual location: The Lounge #incubator_mena

Session Topics:
Community and Outreach

ID: 196 / [Single Presentation of ID 196]: 1
Topics: Community and Outreach
Keywords: Community, Middle East, North Africa, useR group

Incubator: Expanding the R community in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

Batool Almarzouq1,2,3, Mouna Belaid4, Iman Al Hasani7, Haifa Ben Messaoud6, Fahad Almsned8,9, Mohammed El Fodil10, Hussain Alsalman11, Kamila Benadrouche5, Amal TLILI12, Hedia Tnani13

1University of Liverpool, United Kingdom; 2Open Science Community Saudi Arabia; 3King Abdullah International Medical Research Center (KAIMRC), Saudi Arabia; 4Prime Analytics, Tunis; 5Sonatrach, Algeria; 6National Pen, Tunis; 7Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), Oman; 8The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS); 9The National Institutes of Health (NIH); 10Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Statistiques et d'Economie Appliquée (ENSSEA); 11Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia; 12DNA Analytics, Tunis; 13Pasteur Institute of Tunis

Data Science (DS) has become an in-demand, highly paid career in MENA, especially in UAE, KSA and Oil-rich Gulf countries but despite this interest in DS in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), there is very few R meet-up/R user group dedicated to learning, teaching, and sharing information about the R Programming language in MENA. Several chapters for R-Ladies, UseR groups were established in Saudi Arabia, Tunis, Algeria, Sudan, Muscat and Egypt to bring out more R users and empower data scientists from underrepresented communities in MENA. However, the growth of the R community in MENA is limited by the language barrier, which makes the communities that exist around R (e.g. rOpenScie, RLadies, ...) not well-known in MENA. This incubator aims to establish a working group dedicated to expanding the R community in MENA, and building a network between the different groups. It will engage researchers and data scientists in the MENA region through in-person collaboration on open source projects. By the end of the incubator, we'll have established a working group and identified the barriers and how to overcome them to expand the R community in MENA. This working group aims to facilitate collaboration and integration between data scientists in MENA and R communities Worldwide.

Link to package or code repository.
In this incubator, we will invite community builders, founders and organisers of R-Ladies and UseR chapters across the MENA region as well as R-bloggers who are enriching the Arabic content in R.