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Using R to help plan the future of transport
In our next MünsteR Meetup, Mark Padgham will provide an overview of several inter-related R packages for analysing urban dynamics. The primary motivation for developing these packages has been their use in Active Transport Futures - a group of researchers and coders striving to aid cities to better plan for futures in which active travel, particularly walking and cycling, plays an increasingly prominent role (lots of open source code at We will take a close look at the packages "osmdata" and "dodgr", the first of which imports Open Street Map (OSM) data directly into R, while the second is a very powerful, large-scale routing engine. These two packages enable accurate estimates of densities of different kinds of transport along all individual street segments of a city. The development of these packages has been partly motivated by their use in the Urban Health Agenda of the World Health Organization. We will also demonstrate a few other tools currently being developed for this work, including a brand new package to very easily set up a web server for large amounts of spatial data. About the speaker: Mark Padgham has programmed C++ for many years, and started using R as a way to get his code noticed by people, which seems to have worked. Along with several others, he is in the process of establishing Active Transport Futures as a GmbH, and hopes that the company will play a significant role in aiding transitions away from environmentally and socially unsustainable modes of transport.

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What we're about

There are R (The R Project for Statistical Computing) User Groups all over the world. I'm sure that Münster, being a university town with diverse research areas and companies from different industries, has many R users, who might be interested in talking about R-related projects, exchanging ideas and being inspired by other peoples' work!

R has originally been developed as a statistics and visualization tool but today is being used for all types of applications in Data Science and business.

This group is intended to provide a platform for everybody who is working with R (or plans to learn R) to get to know like-minded folks and learn new techniques and methods. It doesn't matter whether you are working in academia or in a company and whether you're a beginner or expert. Everybody, who is interested in data analysis, visualization, statistics, machine learning, etc is more than welcome to join!

I hope to see you soon on one of our meetups! :-)

PS: I have decided to keep the main communication here in English, as there are a few non-German members. Depending on who is coming to the meetups, we can talk about having them in German, if nobody minds. But the default will be English.

PPS: Please adhere to R Consortium and the R Community Code of Conduct:

R Consortium and the R Community Code of Conduct

The R Consortium, like the R community as a whole, is made up of members from around the globe with a diverse set of skills, personalities, and experiences. It is through these differences that our community experiences great successes and continued growth.

Members of the R Consortium and their representatives are bound to follow this R Community Code of Conduct (which is based on the Python Community Code of Conduct). We encourage all members of the R community to likewise follow these guidelines which help steer our interactions and strive to keep R a positive, successful, and growing community.

R Community Code of Conduct

A member of the R Community is:

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Overall, we're good to each other. We contribute to this community not because we have to, but because we want to. If we remember that, these guidelines will come naturally.

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