Community Call - Maintaining an R Package

March 4, 2020

By:   Steffi LaZerte

For this Community Call, we’re trying something different. We’ll start with a short talk by Julia Silge, then spend most of the time on Q & A with four panelists - Elin Waring, Erin Grand, Leonardo Collado-Torres, and Scott Chamberlain - moderated by Julia. Our panelists bring a wide range of perspectives so there’s something for everyone. Collectively, they have experience developing and maintaining passion-project packages, very popular packages, too many packages on CRAN, packages on Bioconductor, and taking over maintenance (and changing things!

rOpenSci's Leadership in #rstats Culture

February 21, 2020

By:   Julia Stewart Lowndes

At their closing keynote at the 2020 RStudio Conference, Hilary Parker and Roger Peng mentioned that they hatched the idea for their excellent Not So Standard Deviations podcast following their reunion at the 2015 rOpenSci unconf, (“runconf15”). That statement went straight to my heart because it pin-pointed how I had been feeling throughout the week of RStudio Conference that I had been unable to name. At rstudio::conf, I was surrounded by so many of the incredible people I had met at that very same runconf15.

2 Months in 2 Minutes - rOpenSci News, February 2020

February 20, 2020

By:   Stefanie Butland

rOpenSci HQ On behalf of rOpenSci, thank you to everyone who has contributed their creativity, curiosity, smarts, and time in the last year. Read our Thank You, 2019. Software Peer Review 3 community-contributed packages passed software peer review. osfr - R Interface to OSF. Author: Aaron Wolen; Reviewers: Heidi Seibold, Carl Boettiger; Read the Review Rclean - A Tool for Writing Cleaner, More Transparent Code. Author: Matthew Lau; Reviewers: Will Landau, Clemens Schmid; Read the Review

taxadb: A High-Performance Local Taxonomic Database Interface

February 13, 2020

By:   Kari Norman

Dealing with taxonomic inconsistencies within and across datasets is a fundamental challenge of ecology and evolutionary biology. Accounting for species synonyms, taxa splitting and unification is especially important as aggregation of data across time and different data sources becomes increasingly common. One potentially powerful approach for addressing these issues is to resolve scientific names to taxonomic identifiers that follow a consistent taxonomic concept. In such a workflow, data from one of the many taxonomic providers (e.

The Fun of Building Things and the Challenge of Learning - the rOpenSci OzUnconf 2019

February 5, 2020

By:   Steph Stammel

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Dickens might have meant it figuratively, but in the case of the rOpenSci OzUnconf 2019, we mean it literally. Set to the backdrop of a national emergency that is still ongoing from 11-13 December, our participants came from across Australia as well as New Zealand, Japan, India and Indonesia. An rOpenSci unconference (unconf) is about building - building software, tools, but more importantly community.

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