useR! 2014 conference update

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The useR! 2014 conference promises to be the biggest yet, with more than 500 registrations already. But there's room for plenty more R users! Check out the update from the organizing committer below, and if you haven't already done so, register for the conference at the useR! 2014 website.

We are exactly one month away from the useR! 2014 conference. Time for an update from the organizing committee.

This weekend, registrations passed the 500 mark, which is a new record for useR! according to data collected by Gergely Daróczi. Yet, there is plenty of additional capacity, both for the conference itself, as well as the beautiful on-campus housing at UCLA. We hope to see many more registrations over the upcoming weeks and appreciate all help in spreading the word to friends and colleagues that (should) use R, but might not be actively following the blogs or mailing lists.

 To those who are unsure whether to attend, we want to emphasize that useR! is not just for seasoned professionals, but has lots to offer to any R user. Abstracts and (free) tutorials cover a great diversity of topics in both research and industry applications, ranging from introductory to very advanced. The conference provides a great opportunity to learn and mingle with the community, and is interesting for beginner as well as experienced R users.

Tutorials this year are included with the conference ticket and no separate registration is required. All registrants will receive an email survey asking which tutorial they would like to attend, if any. This information will be used for scheduling purposes and to facilitate communication between presenters and participants (e.g. distribution of preparation material).

Finally, we urge international guests to verify that their visa or visa-waiver documents are valid to enter the United States. Citizens from visa-waiver countries that do not already have a US visa, must apply online for an ESTA travel authorization at least 72 hours prior to departure. Once approved, the ESTA is generally valid for a period of 2 years, so now would be a good time to complete this process.

We look forward to seeing all of you in California! Please keep an eye on the conference website, which is continuously updated with most recent news and information as it becomes available. 

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