rOpenSci Blog

Australia Unconference

Jessie Roberts, Miles McBain, Nicholas Tierney — June 16, 2016
On April 21st and 22nd of 2016, we had 40 members of the R community gather in Brisbane, Australia, with the goal of reproducing the rOpensci Unconference events that have been running with great success in San Francisco since 2014. Like every event organisers ever, we went through the usual crisis: Where will it be? Will anyone actually show up? Is the problem space over venue, date, attendees, catering, sponsors convex? It it even possible...

Software sustainability research with rOpenSci

Daniel S. Katz — May 25, 2016
I’m happy to announce that I’ve started a project with rOpenSci under their recent award from the Helmsley Foundation. My work with rOpenSci will focus on sustainability of the project itself. Sustainability can be defined as having the resources to do the necessary work to continue and grow rOpenSci. This is one of the most difficult challenges for rOpenSci and for many other research software projects. rOpenSci has a very broad and very ambitious goal,...

Onboarding at rOpenSci: A Year in Reviews

Noam Ross, Carl Boettiger, Jenny Bryan, Scott Chamberlain, Rich FitzJohn, Karthik Ram — March 28, 2016
Code review, in which peers manually inspect the source code of software written by others, is widely recognized as one of the best tools for finding bugs in software. Code review is relatively uncommon in scientific software development, though. Scientists, despite being familiar with the process of peer review, often have little exposure to code review due to lack of training and historically little incentive to share the source code from their research. So scientific...