Marine science, the programming language R, and “Star Wars” may seem like strange bedfellows — but to hear Mozilla Fellow Julia Lowndes talk about them, they’re all inextricably linked.
Lowndes delivered the opening keynote — titled “R for better science in less time” — at the useR! Conference on July 10 in Toulouse, France. She spoke about her work as a marine scientist studying squid and the world’s oceans; how R and other open tools, practices, and community support unlocked better science in less time; and how coming to that realization felt a lot like Luke Skywalker mastering the Force.
“I’m a marine scientist, and R as a language and a community has been game-changing for my science and for my life,” Lowndes says. “So much so that over the past six years, I’ve been moving away from my own research so that I can may forward what I’ve learned.”
Watch the full talk below, and find Julia’s slides on GitHub here: