Welcome to the Amst-R-dam December meetup.
First talk is given by Jared Lender, who is organizing the New York R meetup. On our request he will talk about working with statistical programming in the US and compare Silicon Valley and New York. He will also show one his favorite R projects. Jared is a statistical consultant and adjunct professor at Columbia. Jared's home page.
Incidentally the second speaker, Chris Davis, co-organizer of this meetup, is also from the US, although he's based in NL. Chris is a post doc at TU Delft and he recently held his dissertation on the thesis "Making Sense of Open Data". He previously gave a talk on Enipedia and the semantic web using R. This time he will demonstrate a combination of Google Refine, RServe, and R which supports a workflow enabling individual users to clean up horribly messy data and then perform entity matching against other databases, by communicating with a reconciliation service running on a server.
Be there or be square!
Werner, Chris and Øyvind