afrimapr attracts great interest in South Africa

• Anelda van der Walt

Earlier this month afrimapr was the opening presentation at satRday Joburg 2020 in South Africa. It was wonderful to find out that the audience included R colleagues from other African countries like Namibia, Kenya, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. There was even a representative from Women in GIS Kenya @WiGISKe, Caroline Akoth.

The presentation attracted a lot of interest. Specifically we were asked to share the slides so that lecturers could make it available to Masters students in Economics and Public Health whom are working on projects where these tools might come in handy. There were also interest from participants, and people following the live Tweeting, to get involved.

Our presentation is available on Figshare under an open license.

Other interesting talks on the programme included discussions about colour palettes in R, genomics, R in financial planning, using R in production, and the ever important topic of inclusivity and diversity in our community. The event concluded with an insightful presentation about COVID-19 by Robert Bennetto. For the full programme and all presentations, please visit the website.

More action from the event can be found on Twitter at #satRdayJoburg and @satRday_ZAF.