Unconf projects 4: cityquant, notary, packagemetrics, pegax
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 categories.
notary is actually two things:
notary: An R package for signing and verification of R packages. It has functions for installing and verifying packages, validating GitHub releases, sourcing files with verification, and more.
r-security-practices: A bookdown book targeting users, developers, and admins on R security best practices.
packagemetrics is a package for helping you choose which package to use. Their tool collects metrics including CRAN downloads, GitHub stars, whether it’s tidyverse compatible, whether it has tests and vignettes, number of contributors, and more!
pegax is a very alpha client for parsing taxonomic names. Taxonomic names are things such as Homo sapiens (human beings) wikispecies, or Ursus americanus (american black bear) wikispecies, or Balaenoptera musculus (blue whale) wikispecies. Taxonomic names can be hard to parse - and thus something called Parsing Expression Grammar (PEG) can be employed to help. We were lucky that Oliver Keyes just started an R package for PEGs in R called piton - which is now used in
pegax to parse taxonomic names.