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ccafs – client for CCAFS General Circulation Models data

March 1, 2017
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ccafs – client for CCAFS General Circulation Models data

I've recently released the new package ccafs, which provides access to data from Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS; http://ccafs-climate.org/) General Circulation Models (GCM) data. GCM's are a particular type of climate model, used for weather forecasting, and climate change forecasting - read more at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_circulation_model. ccafs falls in the data client camp - its focus is on getting users data -...

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Package evolution – changing stuff in your package

January 5, 2017
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Making packages is a great way to organize R code, whether it’s a set of scripts for personal use, a set of functions for internal company use or a lab group, or to distribute your new cool framework foobar to the masses. There's a number of guides to writing packages, including http://r-pkgs.had.co.nz/. As you develop packages there's a number...

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finch – parse Darwin Core files

December 23, 2016
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finch has just been released to CRAN (binaries should be up soon). finch is a package to parse Darwin Core files. Darwin Core is: a body of standards. It includes a glossary of terms (in other contexts these might be called properties, elements, fields, columns, attributes, or concepts) intended to facilitate the sharing of information about biological diversity by...

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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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