After a fruitful discussion regarding the future direction of the R User Group just a little summary of the HOT topics. The discussion started with a very nice and detailed introduction of new ViennaR participants and was followed by an interesting and—as expected and encouraged—controversial discussion about project goals, project management and topics.
Our goal is to have monthly Meetups. Currently they are scheduled by the end of each month, however, this may change depending on the availability of the room. A big thank you to Matthias who makes this Meetup at the Institute of Computational Statistics  possible!
 At the legendary Goldenes Lamm, birthplace at/of e1071.
Like in previous Meetups we are happy to have some presentations of ViennaR participants. Just drop us a mail that you are planning a presentation during one of the next meetups. We would also be happy to invite some guest speakers from time to time.
To have an even more collaborative experience during ViennaR Meetups plan to have different projects on our Github page. It should be manageable to have up to 5 people working on specific projects with an expected duration of about 3 Months. The following project streams have been selected and coordinators assigned:
- Fantasy Sports, e.g. from Yahoo (short intro/write–up by Daniel)
- Put team together based on statistics, e.g. Baseball
- Parliamentary voting results (input from Mateusz)
- Text mining (Mario)
- Public newspapers
- Most popular words in Newspapers
- HC Strache Posts on Facebook
- Use Kaggle as an Inspiration (Walter)
- Hillary Clintons E-mails
We would also be happy to have some other fixed discussion topics, e.g. book presentations, new R packages around, etc… Just let us know!
For the next meetup we are planning a short Git(hub) and R package dev intro (Mario) and hope that each assigned coordinator can give us a little heads up of her topic.
Looking forward to see you at the next meetup in November!