Shared and reproducible computing with OpenCPU

September 7, 2011
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(This article was first published on DataPunks.com » R, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

While looking for an online computing provider, I bumped into OpenCPU.org:

OpenCPU is a new initiative to make innovations in statistics, visualization and data-science more widely applicable.

I guess the idea of online analysis and visualization, and online cloud R computing platform isn’t really new at this point anymore, but the real incentive is the idea of reproducible research. The OpenCPU platform allows researchers to share code and data without installation of software packages, allowing transparent result publications.

For example, one can share a plotting function and call OpenCPU with http calls to get dynamic PNG, PDF and SVG files (for plots and charts), or to get the source code of the functions in ASCII, JSON, RData or rds.

It’s still in beta, but it looks really promising.

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