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elastic – Elasticsearch for R

August 2, 2017
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elastic is an R client for Elasticsearch elastic has been around since 2013, with the first commit in November, 2013. sidebar - 'elastic' was picked as a package named before the company now known as Elastic changed their name to Elastic. What is Elasticsearch? If you aren't familiar with Elasticsearch, it is a distributed, RESTful search and analytics engine. It's similar to Solr. It falls...

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All the fake data that’s fit to print

June 22, 2017
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charlatan makes fake data. Excited to annonunce a new package called charlatan. While perusing packages from other programming languages, I saw a neat Python library called faker. charlatan is inspired from and ports many things from Python's https://github.com/joke2k/faker library. In turn, faker was inspired from PHP's faker, Perl's Faker, and Ruby's faker. It appears that the PHP library was the original - nice work PHP. Use cases What could you...

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Unconf projects 4: cityquant, notary, packagemetrics, pegax

June 8, 2017
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Unconf projects 4: cityquant, notary, packagemetrics, pegax

Continuing our series of blog posts (day 1, day 2, day 3) this week about unconf 17. cityquant Summary: The goal with the cityquant project was to build a digital dashboard for sustainable cities. They also had a "spin-off" project called selfquant to get data from a quantified self google sheets template to keep track of weekly performance in various...

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Unconf projects 2: checkers, gramr, data-packages, exploRingJSON

June 6, 2017
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Unconf projects 2: checkers, gramr, data-packages, exploRingJSON

Following up on Stefanie's recap of unconf 17, we are following up this entire week with summaries of projects developed at the event. We plan to highlight 4-5 projects each day, with detailed posts from a handful of teams to follow. checkers Summary: checkers is a framework for reviewing analysis projects. It provides automated checks for best practices, using extensions...

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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 - many rOpenSci packages fall...

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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 of...

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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 providing...

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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 conditions, ranging...

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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 is for unit tests. Nearly all...

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