CRAN Task Views: The next generation

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New arXiv working paper on the relaunch of the CRAN Task View Initiative providing better infrastructure and workflows for proposing and maintaining CRAN Task Views and fostering interactions with the R community.


Achim Zeileis, Roger Bivand, Dirk Eddelbuettel, Kurt Hornik, Nathalie Vialaneix (2023). “CRAN Task Views: The Next Generation.” E-Print Archive arXiv:2305.17573 [stat.CO]. doi:10.48550/arXiv.2305.17573


CRAN Task Views have been available on the Comprehensive R Archive Network since 2005. They provide guidance about which CRAN packages are relevant for tasks related to a certain topic, and can also facilitate automatic installation of all corresponding packages. Motivated by challenges from the growth of CRAN and the R community as a whole since 2005, all of the task views infrastructure and workflows were rethought and relaunched in 2021/22 in order to facilitate maintenance, and to foster deeper interactions with the R community. The redesign encompasses the establishment of a group of CRAN Task View Editors, moving all task view sources to dedicated GitHub repositories, adopting well-documented workflows with a code of conduct, and leveraging R/Markdown files (rather than XML) for the content of the task views.
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