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rOpenSci geospatial libraries

March 17, 2016
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rOpenSci geospatial libraries

Geospatial data input/output, manipulation, and vizualization are tasks that are common to many disciplines. Thus, we're keenly interested in making great tools in this space. We have an increasing set of spatial tools, each of which we'll cover sparingly. See the cran and github badges for more information. We are not trying to replace the current R geospatial libraries -...

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Australian rOpenSci Unconference

March 9, 2016
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The rOpenSci Unconference is coming to Australia and we are excited!! The event will take place in sunny Brisbane, on April 21-22 2016 hosted at the Microsoft Innovation Centre. You can find more information about the event and how to register at http://www.auunconf.ropensci.org. I was completely and unceremoniously thrown into the deep end when I first started learning...

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Introducing pdftools – A fast and portable PDF extractor

March 1, 2016
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Scientific articles are typically locked away in PDF format, a format designed primarily for printing but not so great for searching or indexing. The new pdftools package allows for extracting text and metadata from pdf files in R. From the extracted plain-text one could find articles discussing a particular drug or species name, without having to rely on...

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Rentrez 1.0 released

September 24, 2015
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A new version of rentrez, our package for the NCBI's EUtils API, is making it's way around the CRAN mirrors. This release represents a substantial improvement to rentrez, including a new vignette that documents the whole package. This posts describes some of the new things in rentrez, and gives us a chance to thank some of the people that have contributed to...

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Rentrez 1.0 released

September 24, 2015
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A new version of rentrez, our package for the NCBI's EUtils API, is making it's way around the CRAN mirrors. This release represents a substantial improvement to rentrez, including a new vignette that documents the whole package. This posts describes some of the new things in rentrez, and gives us a chance to thank some of the people that have contributed to...

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Rentrez 1_0 released

September 24, 2015
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A new version of rentrez, our package for the NCBI's EUtils API, is making it's way around the CRAN mirrors. This release represents a substantial improvement to rentrez, including a new vignette that documents the whole package. This posts describes some of the new things in rentrez, and gives us a chance to thank some of the people that have contributed to...

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A drat repository for rOpenSci

August 4, 2015
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We're happy to announce the launch of a CRAN-style repository for rOpenSci at http://packages.ropensci.org This repository contains the latest nightly builds from the master branch of all rOpenSci packages currently on GitHub. This allows users to install development versions of our software without specialized functions such as install_github(), allows dependencies not hosted on CRAN to still be resolved automatically, and...

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The challenge of combining 176 x #otherpeoplesdata to create the Biomass And Allometry Database

June 3, 2015
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The challenge of combining 176 x #otherpeoplesdata to create the Biomass And Allometry Database

Despite the hype around "big data", a more immediate problem facing many scientific analyses is that large-scale databases must be assembled from a collection of small independent and heterogeneous fragments -- the outputs of many and isolated scientific studies conducted around the globe. Collecting and compiling these fragments is challenging at both political and technical levels. The political challenge is...

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Database interfaces

May 20, 2015
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Database interfaces

There are many different databases. The most familiar are row-column SQL databases like MySQL, SQLite, or PostgreSQL. Another type of database is the key-value store, which as a concept is very simple: you save a value specified by a key, and you can retrieve a value by its key. One more type is the document database, which instead of...

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Introducing a Wishlist for Scientific R Packages

March 10, 2015
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There are two things that make R such a wonderful programming environment - the vast number of packages to access, process and interpret data, and the enthusiastic individuals and subcommunities (of which rOpenSci is a great example). One, of course, flows from the other: R programmers write R packages to provide language users with more features, which makes everyone's jobs easier...

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