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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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Curling – exploring web request options

December 18, 2014
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rOpenSci specializes in creating R libraries for accessing data resources on the web from R. Most times you request data from the web in R with our packages, you should have no problem. However, you evenutally will run into problems. In addition, there are advanced things you can do modifying requests to web resources that fall in the advanced...

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Growth of open data in biology

November 10, 2014
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Growth of open data in biology

Why open data growth At rOpenSci we try to make it easier for people to use open data and contribute open data to the community. The question often arises: How much open data do we have? Another angle on this topic is: How much is open data growing? We provide access to dozens of data respositories through our various packages. We...

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Introducing Rocker: Docker for R

October 23, 2014
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Introducing Rocker: Docker for R

You only know two things about Docker. First, it uses Linux containers. Second, the Internet won't shut up about it. -- attributed to Solomon Hykes, Docker CEO So what is Docker? Docker is a relatively new open source application and service, which is seeing interest across a number of areas. It uses recent Linux kernel features (containers, namespaces) to shield processes. While its...

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