While intentionally interdisciplinary, this conference likely is of most interest to those with interests in:
Communication | Journalism | Radio | Television | Newspapers | Magazines | Internet | Social Media
Apart from other animals, humans are unique in the various ways we can communicate. We can communicate abstract concepts like time and place, and we can communicate through a variety of means like voice and print. Today we are witnessing yet another revolution in our means of communicating, as the internet challenges the market space of print media, and social media like Twitter challenge the sender-receiver paradigm. We welcome presentations that examine these challenges, including their impact on individuals and opportunities for organizations.
Just as there are “red states” and “blue states” across the political landscape of the United States, there are states that prefer to get their news from Al Jazeera while others rely on Fox News. Of course, the latter quite likely is influential in driving the former. The leading radio or television source in California is NPR, although one suspects its audience is stronger in the Bay Area than in the Southland. In any event, traditional media like newspapers, magazines, radio and television are giving way to internet content, including innovative applications on mobile devices like Twitter, which challenges the centuries-old producer-to-consumer paradigm by offering direct consumer-to-consumer news.
Each conference weekend, a specialty workshop is offered that exposes attendees to open-source productivity tools that are freely available, such as "R Packages", that are specifically designed for teaching and research in the discipline(s) and topics that are the focus of that weekend.
It is the leading programming language for newly introduced algorithms, and more than 7,000 “R Packages” are available for download to save you from needing to “reinvent the wheel” in your own work. We solicit requests from attending delegates and select one or two to present at each workshop. No prior experience with R or programming is expected.
Following are a sample of “R Packages” representative of those we cover:
Pre-K through K-12 Education // Language Learning
→ “shiny Package”: for building interactive web data visualizations
Community College and University Ed// Distance and Lifelong Learning
→ “knitr Package”: for presentation and publication of reproducible work
Social/Mass Media and Communication // Fine Arts and Humanities
→ “tm Package”: a comprehensive framework for text mining and web-mining
Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences // Economics and Social Sciences
→ “vegan Package”: for ordination methods like multidimensional scaling
Statistical Computing and Data Mining // The Science and Art of Business
→ “rattle Package”: A GUI for classical and tree models and data mining
Energy, Climate Change and the Environment // Technology and Public Policy
→ “EnvStats Package”: for environmental statistics and EPA guidance