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rnoaa: new data sources and NCDC units

We’ve just released a new version of rnoaa with A LOT of changes. Check out the release notes for a complete list of changes. We’ll highlight a few things in this post: New data sources in the package NCDC units added to the output of ncdc() Links: rnoaa source code: https://github.com/ropensci/rnoaa rnoaa on CRAN: https://cran.rstudio.com/web/packages/rnoaa/ Installation Install the lastest from CRAN install.packages("rnoaa") Some binaries are not up yet on CRAN -...

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Detecting spatiotemporal groups in relocation data with spatsoc

Detecting spatiotemporal groups in relocation data with spatsoc

spatsoc is an R package written by Alec Robitaille, Quinn Webber and Eric Vander Wal of the Wildlife Evolutionary Ecology Lab (WEEL) at Memorial University of Newfoundland. It is the lab’s first R package and was recently accepted through the rOpenSci onboarding process with a big thanks to reviewers Priscilla Minotti and Filipe Teixeira, and editor Lincoln Mullen. spatsoc started...

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restez: Query GenBank locally

restez: Query GenBank locally

What is restez? R packages for interacting with the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) have, to-date, depended on API query calls via NCBI’s Entrez. For computational analyses that require the automated look-up of reams of biological sequence data, piecemeal querying via bandwith-limited requests is evidently not ideal. These queries are not only slow, but they depend on network connections and...

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Community Call Summary – Code Review in the Lab

Although there are increasing incentives and pressures for researchers to share code (even for projects that are not essentially computational), practices vary widely and standards are mostly non-existent. The practice of reviewing code then falls to researchers and research groups before publication. With that in mind, rOpenSci hosted a discussion thread and a community call to bring together different...

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Co-localization analysis of fluorescence microscopy images

Co-localization analysis of fluorescence microscopy images

A few months ago, I wasn’t sure what to expect when looking at fluorescence microscopy images in published papers. I looked at the accompanying graph to understand the data or the point the authors were trying to make. Often, the graph represents one or more measures of the so-called co-localization, but I couldn’t figure out how to interpret them....

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Checklist Recipe – How we created a template to standardize species data

Imagine you are a fish ecologist who compiled a list of fish species for your country. 🐟 Your list could be useful to others, so you publish it as a supplementary file to an article or in a research repository. That is fantastic, but it might be difficult for others to discover your list or combine it with other lists...

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The Antarctic/Southern Ocean rOpenSci community

The Antarctic/Southern Ocean rOpenSci community

Antarctic/Southern Ocean science and rOpenSci Collaboration and reproducibility are fundamental to Antarctic and Southern Ocean science, and the value of data to Antarctic science has long been promoted. The Antarctic Treaty (which came into force in 1961) included the provision that scientific observations and results from Antarctica should be openly shared. The high cost and difficulty of acquisition means that...

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Tesseract 4 is here! State of the art OCR in R!

Tesseract 4 is here! State of the art OCR in R!

Last week Google and friends released the new major version of their OCR system: Tesseract 4. This release builds upon 2+ years of hard work and has completely overhauled the internal OCR engine. From the tesseract wiki: Tesseract 4.0 includes a new neural network-based recognition engine that delivers significantly higher accuracy (on document images) than the previous versions, in return...

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Sharing the Recipe for rOpenSci’s Unconf Ice Breaker

Sharing the Recipe for rOpenSci’s Unconf Ice Breaker

While many people groan at the thought of participating in a group ice breaker activity, we’ve gotten consistent feedback from people who have been to recent rOpenSci unconferences. Best ice breaker ever! We’ve had lots of requests for a detailed description of how we do it. This post shares our recipe, including a script you can adapt, a reflection on its...

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Community Call – Working with images in R

Community Call – Working with images in R

rOpenSci’s software engineer / postdoc Jeroen Ooms will explain what images are, under the hood, and showcase several rOpenSci packages that form a modern toolkit for working with images in R, including opencv, av, tesseract, magick and pdftools. 🕘 Thursday, November 15, 2018, 10-11AM PST; 7-8PM CET (find your timezone) ☎️ Find all details for joining the call on our Community...

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