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The rOpenSci geospatial suite

November 22, 2016
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The rOpenSci geospatial suite

Geospatial data - data embedded in a spatial context - is used across disciplines, whether it be history, biology, business, tech, public health, etc. Along with community contributors, we're working on a suite of tools to make working with spatial data in R as easy as possible. If you're not familiar with geospatial tools, it's helpful to see what people...

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fauxpas – HTTP conditions package

November 18, 2016
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HTTP, or Hypertext Transfer Protocol is a protocol by which most of us interact with the web. When we do requests to a website in a browser on desktop or mobile, or get some data from a server in R, all of that is using HTTP. HTTP has a rich suite of status codes describing different HTTP...

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crul – an HTTP client

November 9, 2016
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A new package crul is on CRAN. crul is another HTTP client for R, but is relatively simplified compared to httr, and is being built to link closely with webmockr and vcr. webmockr and vcr are packages ported from Ruby's webmock and vcr, respectively. They both make mocking HTTP requests really easy. A major use case for mocking HTTP requests...

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Parse NOAA Integrated Surface Data Files

November 3, 2016
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Parse NOAA Integrated Surface Data Files

A new package isdparser is on CRAN. isdparser was in part liberated from rnoaa, then improved. We'll use isdparser in rnoaa soon. isdparser does not download files for you from NOAA's ftp servers. The package focuses on parsing the files, which are variable length ASCII strings stored line by line, where each line has some mandatory data, and any amount of optional data. The...

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Recology has moved

January 6, 2012
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Recology has moved

Recology has moved to Github, using Jekyll.I just finished moving the Recology blog content, etc. to Github.   This move is intended to make it easy to do exactly what I want with this blog without the constrictions of Blogger.  Thanks for co...

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Weecology can has new mammal dataset

December 29, 2011
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Weecology can has new mammal dataset

So the Weecology folks have published a large dataset on mammal communities in a data paper in Ecology.  I know nothing about mammal communities, but that doesn't mean one can't play with the data...Their dataset consists of five csv files: &...

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Recology is 1 yr old…

December 23, 2011
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Recology is 1 yr old…

This blog has lasted a whole year already.  Thanks for reading and commenting. There are a couple of announcements:Less blogging:  I hope to put in many more years blogging here, but in full disclosure, I am blogging for Journal of Ecology no...

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I Work For The Internet !

December 13, 2011
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I Work For The Internet !

UPDATE: code and figure updated at 1150 am CST.The site I WORK FOR THE INTERNET is collecting pictures and first names (last name initials only) to show collective support against SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act).  Please stop by their site and a...

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LondonR meetings presentations

December 11, 2011
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LondonR meetings presentations

Three presentations uploaded on LondonR meetings website.  I especially enjoyed the JD Long presentation on the seque package for simulations using Amazon's EC2.

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rOpenSci won 3rd place in the PLoS-Mendeley Binary Battle!

November 30, 2011
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rOpenSci won 3rd place in the PLoS-Mendeley Binary Battle!

I am part of the rOpenSci development team (along with Carl Boettiger, Karthik Ram, and Nick Fabina).   Our website: http://ropensci.org/.  Code at Github: https://github.com/ropensciWe entered two of our R packages for integrating with ...

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