Welcome to the Amst-R-dam December meetup.
First talk is given by Jared Lender, who is organizing the New York R meetup (http://www.meetup.com/nyhackr/). 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 pag (http://www.jaredlander.com/about/)e (http://www.jaredlander.com/about/).
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" (http://repository.tudelft.nl/view/ir/uuid%3A88c3c6f9-d6a2-4a82-9353-884a3b77b6ed/). He previously gave a talk on Enipedia and the semantic web using R (http://www.meetup.com/amst-R-dam/events/36367062/). 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