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eRum2020 satellite event: Hackathon on Spatial Networks

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eRum2020 satellite event: Hackathon on spatial networks in R and presentation of the new package: sfnetworks!

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Hi everyone! R is becoming an increasingly popular language for interactive geographic data and graph analysis thanks to robust and well-maintained packages like sf and igraph/tidygraph. Spatial networks, such as transport networks, river basins, power grids and geolocated social networks, have both a graph and a spatial nature that can be better understood and analysed when represented in a clear and consistent class system. At present, however, no mature, well tested and 'tidy' class exists for spatial network data, representing a gap in R’s spatial and network analysis ecosystems.

For these reasons we invite you to join a hackathon on spatial networks on the 27th of May as an official satellite event of the eRum2020 conference. The hackathon will be focused on developing and testing of the new R package on spatial networks: sfnetworks.

Anyone with an interest in spatial networks and open source software is invited, especially if you have experience with real world spatial network data that could be used in documentation or experience developing software for working with spatial or graph datasets (particularly R packages).

We want to offer an effective, easy-to-use package and we think that the best way to start would be to tackle real problems that R users in this field face. Hence, participants will be encouraged to propose their own problems using our GitHub issue tracker with the ad-hoc hackathon-template and labels. Attendees can explore these issues with the development version of our package, and create Pull Requests and/or feedback issues to improve it. We will add more details in the next weeks. We will also suggest a few research questions and provide several example datasets and vignettes showing how the package works.

Summary

  • What: A hackathon on spatial networks where we will present our new R package and discuss with the participants the problems they face working with spatial networks.
  • Who: Everyone working on or interested in spatial networks can join the hackathon. The only minimal requirement is a basic knowledge of sf and igraph packages. We will provide a few vignettes explaining how our package works, so you don't need to be an expert in the field.
  • When: 27th of May, from 9AM to 5PM
  • Where: University of Milan - Bicocca, the same building of the eRum2020 conference. We will specify the venue of the event as soon as possible. You can also find more information on how to reach the venue here.

The organizing team

The hackathon is organized by:

  1. Lorena Abad: Lorena is a researcher in the Department of Geoinformatics at the University of Salzburg. She holds a master degree in Geospatial Technologies.
  2. Andrea Gilardi: Andrea is a PhD student in Statistics and Mathematical Finance at the University of Milan-Bicocca.
  3. Robin Lovelace: Robin is a researcher at the Leeds' Institute for Transport Studies and is an experienced developer, with contributions to numerous packages including sf and stplanr, which contains the S4 sfNetwork class.
  4. Lucas van der Meer: Lucas has a master degree in Geospatial Technologies, and is currently working as a researcher at the University of Salzburg, Department of Geoinformatics.

Code of conduct

This hackathon is an official satellite event of the eRum2020 conference so all attendees are bound to the same Code of conduct of the eRum2020 conference.

Questions

If you have any questions, feel free to write an email to hackathon@erum.io

Sponsors

The event is sponsored by:

  • DEMS: Department of Economics, Management and Statistics, University of Milan - Bicocca
  • DISMEQ: Department of Statistics and Quantitative Methods, University of Milan - Bicocca
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