Hackathon on spatial networks

Hi everyone! R is becoming an increasingly popular language for interactive geographic data and graph analysis thanks to robust and well-maintained packages like sf and igraph/tidygraph.

Spatial networks, such as transport networks, river basins, power grids and geolocated social networks, have both a graph and a spatial nature that can be better understood and analysed when represented in a clear and consistent class system.

At present, however, no mature, well tested and ‘tidy’ class exists for spatial network data, representing a gap in R’s spatial and network analysis ecosystems.

For these reasons we invite you to join an online webinar and a hackathon on spatial networks on the 16th of June as official satellite events of the e-Rum2020 conference. The events will be focused on introducing and testing of the new R package on spatial networks: sfnetworks. We recently released the version 0.2.0 “Neutor” of the package and you can read the first introductory vignette here.

You can get a ticket at the following link:

Anyone with an interest in spatial networks and open source software is invited, especially if you have experience with real world spatial network data that could be used in documentation or experience developing software for working with spatial or graph datasets (particularly R packages).

We want to offer an effective, easy-to-use package and we think that the best way to start would be to tackle real problems that R users in this field face. Hence, participants are encouraged to propose their own problems using our GitHub issue tracker with the ad-hoc hackathon template and labels. We are going to explore a few of these issues and create Pull Request (or just feedback comments) to improve the package.

Attendees can explore these issues with the development version of our package, and create Pull Requests and/or feedback issues to improve it. We will also suggest a few research questions and provide several example datasets and vignettes showing how the package works.

Following the lines of the e-Rum2020 conference, we decided to transform our previous hackathon into a fully virtual event which will be structured as follows. In the morning we will organize an online webinar to present the basic functionalities of the package, while, in the afternoon, you can join one of us (and other experts in the field) to work on one problems related to spatial networks in R. We will add more details on this point over the next weeks. The webinar and the hackathon are part of a single event, but you can use the same (free) eventbrite ticket to take part into just one of them.


The hackathon is free for everyone. To sign-up check the following link
We will accept a maximum of 50 participants on a first-come first-served basis and we will create a waiting list. If you choose to attend the hackathon and then you change your mind, please unsubscribe from the event.

This hackathon is an official satellite event of the ERUM2020 conference so all attendees are bound to the same Code of conduct of the ERUM2020 conference.

If you have any questions, feel free to write an email to [email protected]



Department of Economics, Management and Statistics, University of Milan – Bicocca


Department of Statistics and Quantitative Methods, University of Milan – Bicocca