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drake transformed

Version 7.0.0 of drake just arrived on CRAN, and it is faster and easier to use than previous releases. install.packages("drake") Recap Data analysis can be slow. A round of scientific computation can take several minutes, hours, or even days to complete. After it finishes, if you update your code or data, your hard-earned results may no longer be valid. How much of...

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Community Call – Research Applications of rOpenSci Taxonomy and Biodiversity Tools

Community Call – Research Applications of rOpenSci Taxonomy and Biodiversity Tools

Our next Community Call, on March 27th, aims to help people learn about using rOpenSci’s R packages to access and analyze taxonomy and biodiversity data, and to recognize the breadth and depth of their applications. We also aim to learn from the discussion how we might improve these tools. Presentations will start with an introduction to the topic and...

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handlr: convert among citation formats

Citations are a crucial piece of scholarly work. They hold metadata on each scholarly work, including what people were involved, what year the work was published, where it was published, and more. The links between citations facilitate insight into many questions about scholarly work. Citations come in many different formats including BibTex, RIS, JATS, and many more. This is not...

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stats19: a package for road safety research

stats19: a package for road safety research

Introduction stats19 is a new R package enabling access to and working with Great Britain’s official road traffic casualty database, STATS19. We started the package in late 2018 following three main motivations: The release of the 2017 road crash statistics, which showed worsening road safety in some areas, increasing the importance of making the data more accessible. The realisation that many researchers were writing ad hoc code...

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Bugfix release for the ssh package

Bugfix release for the ssh package

The ssh package provides a native ssh client for R. You can connect to a remote server over SSH to transfer files via SCP, setup a secure tunnel, or run a command or script on the host while streaming stdout and stderr directly to the client. The intro vignette provides a brief introduction. This week version 0.4 has been released,...

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Community Call Follow-up – Governance of Open Source Research Software Organizations

We tend to know a good open source research software project when we see it: The code is well-documented, users contribute back to the project, the software is licensed and citable, and the community interacts and co-produces in a healthy, productive fashion. The academic literature 1 and community discourse 2 around research software development offer insight into how to...

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A Major Upgrade of the V8 package

This week version 2.0 of the V8 package has been released to CRAN. Go get it now! install.packages("V8") The V8 package provides an embedded JavaScript engine that can be used inside of R. You can use it interactively as a JavaScript console, but it is mostly useful for wrapping JavaScript libraries in R packages. Some cool examples include jsonld, jsonvalidate, and...

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rOpenSci Software Peer Review: Still Improving

rOpenSci Software Peer Review: Still Improving

rOpenSci’s suite of packages is comprised of contributions from staff engineers and the wider R community, bringing considerable diversity of skills, expertise and experience to bear on the suite. How do we ensure that every package is held to a high standard? That’s where our software review system comes into play: packages contributed by the community undergo a transparent,...

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Announcing new software peer review editors: Melina Vidoni and Brooke Anderson

Announcing new software peer review editors: Melina Vidoni and Brooke Anderson

We are pleased to welcome Brooke Anderson and Melina Vidoni to our team of Associate Editors for rOpenSci Software Peer Review. They join Scott Chamberlain, Anna Krystalli, Lincoln Mullen, Karthik Ram, Noam Ross and Maëlle Salmon. With the addition of Brooke and Melina, our editorial board now includes four women and four men, located in North America, South America...

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Interacting with The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program data

Interacting with The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program data

There seem to be a lot of ways to write about your R package, and rather than have to decide on what to focus on I thought I’d write a little bit about everything. To begin with I thought it best to describe what problem rdhs tries to solve, why it was developed and how I came to be involved in this...

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