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wateRinfo – Downloading tidal data to understand the behaviour of a migrating eel

wateRinfo – Downloading tidal data to understand the behaviour of a migrating eel

Do you know what that sound is, Highness? Those are the Shrieking Eels — if you don’t believe me, just wait. They always grow louder when they’re about to feed on human flesh. If you swim back now, I promise, no harm will come to you. I doubt you will get such an offer from the Eels. Vizzini, The Princess...

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rOpenSci’s new Code of Conduct

We are pleased to announce the release of our new Code of Conduct. rOpenSci’s community is our best asset and it’s important that we put strong mechanisms in place before we have to act on a report. As before, our Code applies equally to members of the rOpenSci team and to anyone from the community at large participating in in-person...

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vitae: Dynamic CVs with R Markdown

vitae: Dynamic CVs with R Markdown

Why vitae? The process of maintaining a CV can be tedious. It’s a task I often forget about - that is until someone requests it and I find that my latest is woefully out of date. To make matters worse, these professional updates often need repeating across variety of sites (such as ORCID and LinkedIn). Having seen several CVs put together...

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An even better rOpenSci website with Hugo

A bit more than one year ago, rOpenSci launched its new website design, by the designer Maru Lango. Not only did the website appearance change (for the better!), but the underlying framework too. ropensci.org is powered by Hugo, like blogdown! Over the last few months, we’ve made the best of this framework, hopefully improving your browsing experience (and trapping...

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Continuing to Grow Community Together at ozunconf, 2018

Continuing to Grow Community Together at ozunconf, 2018

In late November 2018, we ran the third annual rOpenSci ozunconf. This is the sibling rOpenSci unconference, held in Australia. We ran the first ozunconf in Brisbane in 2016, and the second in Melbourne in 2017. Photos taken by Ajay from Fotoholics As usual, before the unconf, we started discussion on GitHub issue threads, and the excitement was building with the number...

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Spelling 2.0: Improved Markdown and RStudio Support

Spelling 2.0: Improved Markdown and RStudio Support

We have released updates for the rOpenSci text analysis tools. This technote will highlight some of the major improvements in the spelling package and also the underlying hunspell package, which provides the spelling engine for the spelling package. install.packages("spelling") Update to the latest versions to use these cool new features! Upcoming version of #rstats spelling package will also check your package readme...

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rcites – The story behind the package

rcites – The story behind the package

The Ecology Hackathon Almost one year ago now, ecologists filled a room for the “Ecology Hackathon: Developing R Packages for Accessing, Synthesizing and Analyzing Ecological Data” that was co-organised by rOpenSci Fellow, Nick Golding and Methods in Ecology and Evolution. This hackathon was part of the “Ecology Across Borders” Joint Annual Meeting 2017 of BES, GfÖ, NecoV, and EEF in...

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Pdftools 2.0: powerful pdf text extraction tools

Pdftools 2.0: powerful pdf text extraction tools

A new version of pdftools has been released to CRAN. Go get it while it’s hot: install.packages("pdftools") This version has two major improvements: low level text extraction and encoding improvements. About PDF textboxes A pdf document may seem to contain paragraphs or tables in a viewer, but this is not actually true. PDF is a printing format: a page consists of a series...

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Generating reasonable starting trees for complex phylogenetic analyses

Generating reasonable starting trees for complex phylogenetic analyses

I never really thought I would write an R package. I use R pretty casually. Then, this year, I was invited to participate during the last week of the Analytical Paleobiology short course, an intensive month-long experience in quantitative paleontology. I was thrilled to be invited. But I got a slight sinking feeling in my stomach when I realized...

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Community Call – Governance strategies for open source research software projects

Community Call – Governance strategies for open source research software projects

🎤 Dan Sholler, rOpenSci Postdoctoral Fellow 🕘 Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 10-11AM PST; 7-8PM CET (find your timezone) ☎️ Details for joining the Community Call. Everyone is welcome. No RSVP needed. Researchers use open source software for the capabilities it provides, such as streamlined data access and analysis and interoperability with other pieces of the scientific computing ecosystem. For most complex software,...

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