I’m giving a talk tomorrow at the Edinburgh R usergroup (EdinbR) on how to get started building interactive charts in R. I’ll talk about rCharts as a great general entry point to quickly generating interactive charts, and also the newer htmlwidgets movement, allowing interactive charts to be more easily integrated with RMarkdown and Shiny. I also tried to throw in a decent amount of Edinburgh-related examples along the way.
Current slides are here:
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I’ve since spun out what started as a simple example for the talk into a live web app, viewable at blackspot.org.uk. Here I’m looking at Edinburgh Open Data from the county council of vehicle collisions in the city. It’s still under development and will be my first real project in Shiny, but already has started to come together quite nicely.
The other speaker for the session is Alastair Kerr (head of bioinformatics at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology here in Edinburgh), and he’ll be giving a beginner’s guide to the Shiny web framework. All in all it should be a great meeting, if you’re nearby do come along!
Inspired by succesful RUGs like LondonR and CambR, I’m pleased to announce a new R usergroup for those in and around Edinburgh: EdinbR!
Edinburgh has a large research community using R, spread across different campuses and even universities so a centralised discussion group is long overdue. Many R packages have been developed by Edinburgh researchers, ranging from general parallelisation packages (SPRINT) to highly-specific packages targetting cutting-edge genomics data (poRe). It seems like a great idea to get these people talking to each other: developers, users and interested newbies alike!
So without further ado, the details for our first meeting are:
- Date: Wednesday 17:00 18th February 2015
- Venue: Room S1, 7 George Square Psychology building, Edinburgh
- Topics: Refining plans for meeting format, timing, venues; selecting speakers for future meetings; advertising meetings, etc.
All are welcome regardless of R experience. We hope to run a range of meetings with some aimed at general or beginner topics and others delving more deeply into advanced areas.
If you might be interested in attending, we have a mailing list where meetings will be advertised, we’re on twitter (@edinb_r) and you can email the organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to see you there!