Blog Posts

crying @ sephora

A few days ago an amazing tweet made the rounds: I made a dataset of Sephora reviews that mention crying ☔️ …

opendatatoronto 0.1.0 is on CRAN!

I’m beyond excited to announce that opendatatoronto is now released on CRAN! opendatatoronto is a package for searching and accessing …

RStudio Conf Diversity Scholarships

The RStudio conf diversity scholarship applications just opened! This is a fantastic program, providing free conference registration …

usethis for reporting

👋 Hi! Over the last few weeks I have become totally enamored with the usethis package. It is really useful. Seriously – use it. I …

February 2019: Visualizing my discogs collection

In parts one and two of this series I did a whole lot of API pulling and data cleaning to get my discogs collection into a tidy state 🙏 …

Recent + Upcoming Talks

Cleaning up after the federal election

Questions to ask yourself when cleaning data, demonstrated with results from the 2019 Canadian federal election.

opendatatoronto demo

Demo’ing the opendatatoronto R package

Opinionated Strategies for Uncharted Territories

Strategies for working with new data

Sharla Gelfand

Freelance R and Shiny Developer

I’m a freelance R and Shiny developer specializing in enabling easy access to data and replacing manual, redundant processes with ones that are automated, reproducible, and repeatable. I also co-organize R-Ladies Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area R User Group. I like R (of course), dogs, learning Spanish, playing bass, and punk.