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Put some cushions on the sofa

June 21, 2013
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I posted earlier this week about sofa (here), introducing a package I started recently that interacts with CouchDB from R. There's been a fair amount of response at least in terms of page views, so I'll take that as a sign to keep going.One thing that would be nice while you are CouchDB-ing is to interact with local...

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Stashing and playing with raw data locally from the web

June 17, 2013
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It is getting easier to get data directly into R from the web. Often R packages that retrieve data from the web return useful R data structures to users like a data.frame. This is a good thing of course to make things user friendly.However, what if you want to drill down into the data that's returned from a query...

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Stashing and playing with raw data locally from the web

June 17, 2013
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It is getting easier to get data directly into R from the web. Often R packages that retrieve data from the web return useful R data structures to users like a data.frame. This is a good thing of course to make things user friendly.However, what if you want to drill down into the data that's returned from a query...

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Fylopic, an R wrapper to Phylopic

June 1, 2013
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Fylopic, an R wrapper to Phylopic

What is PhyloPic?PhyloPic is an awesome new service - I'll let the creator, Mike Keesey, explain what it is (paraphrasing here):PhyloPic stores silhouette images of organisms, and each image is associated with taxonomic names, and stores the taxonomy of all taxa, allowing searching by taxonomic names. Anyone can submit silhouettes to PhyloPic.What is a silhouette? It's like...

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Fylopic, an R wrapper to Phylopic

June 1, 2013
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Fylopic, an R wrapper to Phylopic

What is PhyloPic?PhyloPic is an awesome new service - I'll let the creator, Mike Keesey, explain what it is (paraphrasing here):PhyloPic stores silhouette images of organisms, and each image is associated with taxonomic names, and stores the taxonomy of all taxa, allowing searching by taxonomic names. Anyone can submit silhouettes to PhyloPic.What is a silhouette? It's like...

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Couch, apis and all that

May 30, 2013
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It is getting easier to get data directly into R from the web. Often R packages that retrieve data from the web return useful R data structures like a data.frame or plot. This is a good thing of course to make things user friendly.However, what if you want to drill down into the data that's returned from a query...

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BISON USGS species occurrence data

May 27, 2013
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BISON USGS species occurrence data

The USGS recently released a way to search for and get species occurrence records for the USA. The service is called BISON (Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation). The service has a web interface for human interaction in a browser, and two APIs (application programming interface) to allow machines to interact with their database. One of the...

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BISON USGS species occurrence data

May 27, 2013
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BISON USGS species occurrence data

The USGS recently released a way to search for and get species occurrence records for the USA. The service is called BISON (Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation). The service has a web interface for human interaction in a browser, and two APIs (application programming interface) to allow machines to interact with their database. One of the...

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Scholarly metadata in R

March 16, 2013
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Scholarly metadata in R

Scholarly metadata - the meta-information surrounding articles - can be super useful. Although metadata does not contain the full content of articles, it contains a lot of useful information, including title, authors, abstract, URL to the article, etc.One of the largest sources of metadata is provided via the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting or OAI-PMH....

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Scholarly metadata in R

March 16, 2013
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Scholarly metadata in R

Scholarly metadata - the meta-information surrounding articles - can be super useful. Although metadata does not contain the full content of articles, it contains a lot of useful information, including title, authors, abstract, URL to the article, etc.One of the largest sources of metadata is provided via the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting or OAI-PMH....

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