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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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Overlaying species occurrence data with climate data

April 22, 2014
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Overlaying species occurrence data with climate data

One of the goals of the rOpenSci is to facilitate interoperability between different data sources around web with our tools. We can achieve this by providing functionality within our packages that converts data coming down via web api's in one format (often a provider specific schema) into a standard format. The new version of rWBclimate that...

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Make your ggplots shareable, collaborative, and with D3

April 17, 2014
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Make your ggplots shareable, collaborative, and with D3

Editor's note: This is a guest post from Matt Sundquist form the Plot.ly team. You can access the source code for this post at https://gist.github.com/sckott/10991885 Ggplotly and Plotly's R API let you make ggplot2 plots, add py$ggplotly(), and make your plots interactive, online, and drawn with D3. Let's make some. 1. Getting Started and Examples Here is Fisher's iris...

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Topic Modeling In R

April 16, 2014
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Editor's note: This is the first in a series of posts from rOpenSci's recent hackathon. I recently had the pleasure of participating in rOpenSci's hackathon. To be honest, I was quite nervous to work among such notables, but I immediately felt welcome thanks to a warm and personable group. Alyssa Frazee has a great post summarizing...

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The ins and outs of interacting with web APIs

April 14, 2014
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We've received a number of questions from our users about dealing with the finer details of data sources on the web. Whether you're reading data from local storage such as a csv file, a .Rdata store, or possibly a proprietary file format, you've most likely run into some issues in the past. Common problems include passing incorrect paths, files...

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Accessing iNaturalist data

March 26, 2014
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Accessing iNaturalist data

The iNaturalist project is a really cool way to both engage people in citizen science and collect species occurrence data. The premise is pretty simple, users download an app for their smartphone, and then can easily geo reference any specimen they see, uploading it to the iNaturalist website. It let's users turn casual observations into meaningful...

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