Contributed post by Mike Smith, Senior Director Statistics at Pfizer
There’s likely a group of people meeting fairly near where you are right now, regardless of where you are in the globe, discussing how they use R in their work, research, or just for fun. If you feel like you’re the only person using R and struggling to keep up with latest developments or are feeling “stuck” and needing some advice or input, that’s where the growing network of R communities comes in.
R Communities are great places to learn, share, or just meet up with like-minded people. Local and regional R community meetings like R User Groups and R Ladies tend to be smaller in size than conferences, so you are less likely to feel overwhelmed by numbers or a mismatch between your level of comfort and expertise in R compared to others.
If you can’t make it in person, there are also online communities and groups and huge array of video content on sites like YouTube where videos of webinars and meetups are shared. So come along, sign up,and see what the global R community has to offer.
You can find local R User Groups listed here: https://www.meetup.com/pro/r-user-groups/
There’s a nice Shiny app for exploring R User Groups hosted here: https://r-community.org/usergroups/
R Ladies groups are listed here: https://rladies.org/directory/
R Consortium YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/@RConsortium
R User Groups and R Ladies are sponsored through the R Consortium grants.