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Visualizing rOpenSci collaboration

March 8, 2013
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Visualizing rOpenSci collaboration

We (rOpenSci) have been writing code for R packages for a couple years, so it is time to take a look back at the data. What data you ask? The commits data from GitHub ~ data that records who did what and when. Using the Github commits API we can gather data on who commited code to a...

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Getting a simple tree via NCBI

February 14, 2013
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Getting a simple tree via NCBI

I was just at the Phylotastic hackathon in Tucson, AZ at the iPlant facilities at the UofA. A problem that needs to be solved is getting the incrasingly vast phylogenetic information to folks not comfortable building their own phylogenies. Phylomatic has made this super easy for people that want plant phylogenies (at least 250 or so papers...

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Waiting for an API request to complete

January 26, 2013
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Dealing with API tokens in R In my previous post I showed an example of calling the Phylotastic taxonomic name resolution API Taxosaurus here. When you query their API they give you a token which you use later to retrieve the result (see examples on their page above). However, you don't know when the query will be...

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Resolving species names when you have a lot of them

January 25, 2013
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taxize use case: Resolving species names when you have a lot of them Species names can be a pain in the ass, especially if you are an ecologist. We ecologists aren't trained in taxonomy, yet we often end up with huge species lists. Of course we want to correct any spelling errors in the names, and get the newest...

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Open Science Challenge

January 8, 2013
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Open Science Challenge

Open Science Science is becoming more open in many areas: publishing, data sharing, lab notebooks, and software. There are many benefits to open science. For example, sharing research data alongside your publications leads to increased citation ra...

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Is invasive?

December 13, 2012
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Is invasive?

The Global Invasive Species Database (GISD) (see their website for more info here) has data on the invasiveness status of many species. From taxize you can now query the GISD database. Introducing the function gisd_isinvasive. This function was contributed to taxize by Ignasi Bartomeus, a postdoc at the Swedish University Agricultural Sciences. There are two possible outputs from using...

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Shiny apps are awesome

December 10, 2012
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Shiny apps are awesome

RStudio has a new product called Shiny that, quoting from their website, "makes it super simple for R users like you to turn analyses into interactive web applications that anyone can use". See here for more information. A Shiny basically consists of two files: a ui.r file and a server.r file. The ui.r file, as it says, provides...

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One R package for all your taxonomic needs

December 6, 2012
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UPDATE: there were some errors in the tests for taxize, so the binaries aren't avaiable yet. You can install from source though, see below. Getting taxonomic information for the set of species you are studying can be a pain in the ass. You have to manually type, or paste in, your species one-by-one. Or, if you are lucky, there is...

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Displaying Your Data in Google Earth Using R2G2

October 24, 2012
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Displaying Your Data in Google Earth Using R2G2

Have you ever wanted to easily visualize your ecology data in Google Earth? R2G2 is a new package for R, available via R CRAN and formally described in this Molecular Ecology Resources article, which provides a user-friendly bridge between R and the Google Earth interface. Here, we will provide a brief introduction to...

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Getting taxonomic names downstream

October 16, 2012
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It can be a pain in the ass to get taxonomic names. For example, I sometimes need to get all the Class names for a set of species. This is a relatively easy problem using the ITIS API (example below). The much harder problem is getting all the taxono...

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