2 Months in 2 Minutes - rOpenSci News, October 2019

  Stefanie Butland


October 17, 2019


rOpenSci HQ

  • What would you like to hear about in an rOpenSci Community Call? We are soliciting your “votes” and new ideas for Community Call topics and speakers. Find out how you can influence us by checking out our new Community Calls repository.

  • Videos, speaker’s slides, resources and collaborative notes from our Community Call on Reproducible Workflows at Scale with drake are posted.

  • Help wanted! We encourage rOpenSci package authors to help us help you get more contributors to your package. If you label an issue “help wanted” (no hyphen or emojis), those issues can be found in a search of the rOpenSci organization.


Software Peer Review

3 community-contributed packages passed software peer review.

c14bazAAR - Download and Prepare C14 Dates from Different Source Databases. Author: Clemens Schmid; Reviewers: Ben Marwick, Enrico Crema; Read the Review

rmangal - An interface to the Mangal database https://mangal.io/#/. Author: Steve Vissault; Reviewers: Thomas Pedersen, Anna Willoughby; Read the Review

rnassqs - Access the NASS Quick Stats API. Author: Nicholas Potter; Reviewers: Adam Sparks, Neal Richardson; Read the Review

Consider submitting your package or volunteering to review.



Software

5 new packages from the community are on CRAN.

  • cde - download data from the Catchment Data Explorer
  • chlorpromazineR - convert antipsychotic doses to chlorpromazine equivalents
  • citecorp - client for the Open Citations Corpus
  • PostcodesioR - API wrapper for Postcodes.io
  • rmangal - interface to the Mangal database of ecological networks


On the Blog

From the rOpenSci team

From the community

From Introducing Open Forensic Science in R. Were these bullets fired by the same gun? Top: Images of partial bullet scans. Bottom left: representative cross-sections from two bullets with 6 lands each. Bottom right: resulting smoothed bullet signatures and raw signatures.

From Introducing Open Forensic Science in R. Were these bullets fired by the same gun? Top: Images of partial bullet scans. Bottom left: representative cross-sections from two bullets with 6 lands each. Bottom right: resulting smoothed bullet signatures and raw signatures.


Use Cases

  • 84 published works cited or used rOpenSci software (listed in individual newsletters)
  • 7 use cases for our packages or resources were posted in our discussion forum Look for pdftools, tabulizer, writexl, rorcid, rnaturalearth, rdflib, drake, and tic.

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Call For Contributors

Part of rOpenSci’s mission is to make sustainable software. When a package needs a new maintainer, we work to find a new one. The current maintainer of mregions, Scott Chamberlain, is looking for a new maintainer. Contact Scott if you’re interested.


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