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Introducing Maëlle Salmon, rOpenSci’s new Research Software Engineer

Introducing Maëlle Salmon, rOpenSci’s new Research Software Engineer

We’re very pleased to be introducing someone who needs no introduction in the R community. Join us in welcoming Maëlle Salmon to rOpenSci as a Research Software Engineer (part time, working from Nancy, France). We’d like to formally introduce her here and share a bit about the kinds of things she’ll be working on. Maëlle did a B.Sc. in Biology...

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nodbi: the NoSQL Database Connector

DBI What is DBI? DBI is an R package. It defines an interface to relational database management systems (R/DBMS) that other R packages build upon to interact with a specific relational database, such as SQLite or PostgreSQL. NoSQL NoSQL databases are a very broad class of database that can include document databases such as CouchDB and MongoDB, key-value stores such as Redis,...

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fulltext v1: text-mining scholarly works

The problem Text-mining - the art of answering questions by extracting patterns, data, etc. out of the published literature - is not easy. It’s made incredibly difficult because of publishers. It is a fact that the vast majority of publicly funded research across the globe is published in paywall journals. That is, taxpayers pay twice for research: once for the grant...

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5 Things I Learned Making a Package to Work with Hydrometric Data in R

5 Things I Learned Making a Package to Work with Hydrometric Data in R

One of the best things about learning R is that no matter your skill level, there is always someone who can benefit from your experience. Topics in R ranging from complicated machine learning approaches to calculating a mean all find their relevant audiences. This is particularly true when writing R packages. With an ever evolving R package development landscape...

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.rprofile: Karthik Ram

.rprofile: Karthik Ram

Karthik Ram is a Data Scientist at the Berkeley Institute for Data Science and Berkeley Institute for Global Change Biology. He is a co-founder of rOpenSci, a collective to support the development of R-based tools which facilitate open science and access to open data. In this interview, Karthik and I discuss the birth of rOpenSci, tools and life hacks...

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Community Call – Writing Packages to Support Research Communities – zoon & greta

Join our Community Call on Tuesday, January 30th (January 31 for our Australian friends) Nick Golding, 2017 rOpenSci Fellow, will talk about two R packages he has developed recently. zoon aims to promote open and reproducible research in ecological modeling by helping researchers share their code in a modular way and produce reproducible research artifacts. Nick has recently been trying...

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.rprofile: Jenny Bryan

.rprofile: Jenny Bryan

Jenny Bryan @JennyBryan is a Software Engineer at RStudio and is on leave from being an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia. Jenny serves in leadership positions with rOpenSci and Forwards and as an Ordinary member of The R Foundation. KO: What is your name, your title, and how many years have you worked in R? JB: I’m Jenny...

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Exploratory Data Analysis of Ancient Texts with rperseus

Exploratory Data Analysis of Ancient Texts with rperseus

Introduction When I was in grad school at Emory, I had a favorite desk in the library. The desk wasn’t particularly cozy or private, but what it lacked in comfort it made up for in real estate. My books and I needed room to operate. Students of the ancient world require many tools, and when jumping between commentaries, lexicons, and...

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Magick 1.6: clipping, geometries, fonts, fuzz, and a bit of history

Magick 1.6: clipping, geometries, fonts, fuzz, and a bit of history

This week magick 1.6 appeared on CRAN. This release is a big all-round maintenance update with lots of tweaks and improvements across the package. The NEWS file gives an overview of changes in this version. In this post we highlight some changes. library(magick) stopifnot(packageVersion('magick') __= 1.6) If you are new to magick, check out the vignette for a quick introduction. Perfect Graphics Rendering I have...

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The Value of Welcome, part 2: How to prepare 40 new community members for an unconference

The Value of Welcome, part 2: How to prepare 40 new community members for an unconference

I’ve raved about the value of extending a personalized welcome to new community members and I recently shared six tips for running a successful hackathon-flavoured unconference. Building on these, I’d like to share the specific approach and (free!) tools I used to help prepare new rOpenSci community members to be productive at our unconference. My approach was inspired directly...

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