Atlanta R Users' Group
In the Mid-'70s in the hallowed halls of Bell Labs they developed Unix, C, and a lot of cool things. One of these was the S statistical programming language. Its modern implementations are S-plus and R.
R is an open source programming language for statistical computing, data analysis, and graphical visualization. While most commonly used within academia, in fields such as computational biology and applied statistics, it is rapidly gaining currency in commercial areas such as quantitative finance and business intelligence.
Among R's strengths as a language are its powerful built-in tools for inferential statistics, its compact modeling syntax, its data visualization capabilities, and its ease of connectivity with persistent data stores (from databases to flatfiles).
In addition, R is open source nature and extensible via add-on "packages" allowing it to keep up with the leading edge in academic research. For all its strengths, though, R has an admittedly steep learning curve; the first steps towards learning and using R can be challenging.
The Atlanta R Users Group is dedicated to bringing together area practitioners of R to exchange knowledge, inspire new users, and spur the adoption of R for innovative research and commercial applications.
Atlanta OpenStack Meetup
OpenStack is an open cloud computing platform founded by Rackspace and backed by NASA, see openstack.org. It's to counter the proprietary cloud offerings of Amazon's AWS and Microsoft's Azure. Ok, so maybe this doesn't exactly go under the 'operating systems' menu item, but it's pretty close. From their meetup page:
This is the Atlanta OpenStack developer Meetup. We are a group of free software developers who are passionate about working together to help make the Openstack project a success!
The Differnt Kinds of "Open"Everyone in the open source commuinty remember the discussion a few years ago about what 'Free' means: 'free' as in 'beer' vs. 'free' as in 'speech.' Now it looks like we're embarking on figuring out the different kinds of 'open.' So I've written an article about the different kinds of open. Hope you enjoy.
Open Source and JazzSee my latest personal blog post on Why Open Source Software is Like Jazz. Hope you like it.
So What's This Site All About?
This from my inbox this morning:
Can you tell me more about what you are trying to do with OSSAtlanta?
Fair Question. I replied:
I'm trying to do several things:
- Provide a single jumping-off point for users interested in Open Source in Atlanta
- In having been involved in user groups for 20+ years, I know one of the challenges is coming up with program material. By making it easier for user groups to find each other, I'm hopefully making it easier for the organizers to get ideas for future meetings. i.e. serving as a sort of 'speakers bureau'. An example is Mike Warfield's upcoming two-part IPv6 talks. The first part will be at ALE next month, and the second part will be at an upcoming AUUG meeting.
- I'm trying to foster cross-pollination of ideas from one group to another. Example: I'm suggesting a couple of programs for the Joomla and Drupal users' groups: Drupal for Joomla Users and Joomla for Drupal Users.
His reply back was: Have you ever thought of having a list of speakers and topics that they have presented for organizers to look through. This way they can get ideas or just contact that person to come and speak.
I thought that was a great idea and I'll try to get that going in the near future. Keep those cards and letters coming in!