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NCEAS Codefest Follow-up

September 23, 2014
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The week after labor day, we had the pleasure of attending the NCEAS open science codefest event in Santa Barbara. It was great to meet folks like the new arrivals at the expanding Mozilla Science Lab, Bill Mills and Abby Cabunoc (Bill even already has a great post up about the codefest), and see...

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rOpenSci at NESCent Open Tree of Life Hackathon

August 15, 2014
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The Open Tree of Life project aims to synthesize our combined knowledge of how organisms relate to each other, and make the results available to anyone who wants to use them. At present, the project contains data from more than 4,000 published phylogenies, which combine with other data sources to make a tree that covers 2.5...

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Announcing our ambassadors program

August 11, 2014
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In the last 12 months we traveled all over the world delivering talks and hands on workshops at various conferences and universities. This was a great opportunity for us to raise awareness for the project and get more of you involved as contributors and collaborators. As we scale the project to the next level, we need your help in...

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Community conversations and a new package for full text

August 8, 2014
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Community Community is at the heart of rOpenSci. We couldn't have accomplished most of our work without help from various contributors and users. Most of our discussions with the broader community over the past year have been through twitter or one-on-one conversations. However, we would like to foster more open ended and deeper discussions with our community. To this end,...

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NCEAS Codefest

August 6, 2014
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We're delighted to be sponsoring the upcoming Open Science Codefest in Santa Barbara, California, alongside RENCI, NCEAS, NSF, DataONE, and Mozilla Science Lab. The Open Science Codefest's goal is to gather researchers from across ecology, biodiversity science, and other earth and environmental sciences with programmer types to collaborate on coding projects. The ideas...

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Changes in rnoaa v0.2.0

July 21, 2014
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We just released v0.2 of rnoaa. For details on the update, see the release notes. What follows are some notes on the more important changes. Updating to v0.2 Install rnoaa from CRAN install.packages("rnoaa") or Github devtools::install_github("ropensci/rnoaa") Then load rnoaa library("rnoaa") UI changes We changed almost all function names to have a more intuitive programmatic user interface (or UI). We changed all noaa*() functions to ncdc*() - these work...

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rOpenSci awarded $300k from the Sloan Foundation

June 10, 2014
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We're delighted to announce that we have received additional funding from the Sloan Foundation to continue and expand our efforts from the past year. We're grateful for the overwhelming support from the community, especially through engagement at various events we organized and attended this past year. Over the next year we plan to: advance not only the...

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Reproducible research is still a challenge

June 9, 2014
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Science is reportedly in the middle of a reproducibility crisis. Reproducibility seems laudable and is frequently called for (e.g., nature and science). In general the argument is that research that can be independently reproduced is more reliable than research that cannot be independently reproduced. It is also worth noting that reproducing research is...

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taxize v0.3.0 update – a new data source, taxonomy in writing, and uBio examples

May 20, 2014
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We just released v0.3 of taxize. For details on the update, see the release notes. Some new features New function iplant_resolve() to do name resolution using the iPlant name resolution service. Note, this is different from http://taxosaurus.org/ that is wrapped in the tnrs() function. New function ipni_search() to search for names in the International Plant Names Index (IPNI). See...

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rOpenHack report

May 13, 2014
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rOpenHack report

The rOpenSci project is a poster child for the fluid collaboration that has become increasingly common these days thanks to platforms like Twitter and GitHub. It has been really inspring to see open discussions take shape as rough ideas, which rapidly turn into prototype research software, all of which are now happening in the order of few days to...

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