July 22, 2022 From rOpenSci (https://ropensci.org/blog/2022/07/22/ropensci-news-digest-july-2022/). Except where otherwise noted, content on this site is licensed under the CC-BY license.
Dear rOpenSci friends, it’s time for our monthly news roundup!
You can read this post on our blog. Now let’s dive into the activity at and around rOpenSci!
We are pleased to announce the release of a new version of our Code of Conduct.
Based on the feedback of our community we added greater detail about acceptable and unacceptable behaviors in online settings and we have the first translation of the text to Spanish.
We thank Megan Carter for serving as independent community member until June, 2022 and welcome back Kara Woo to serve on this role. Yanina Bellini Saibene joins the committee as the new rOpenSci Community Manager.
You can read all the details in our blog post.
The following three packages recently became a part of our software suite:
datefixR, developed by Nathan Constantine-Cooke: There are many different formats dates are commonly represented with: the order of day, month, or year can differ, different separators ("-", “/”, or whitespace) can be used, months can be numerical, names, or abbreviations and year given as two digits or four. datefixR takes dates in all these different formats and converts them to Rs built-in date class. If datefixR cannot standardize a date, such as because it is too malformed, then the user is told which date cannot be standardized and the corresponding ID for the row. datefixR' also allows the imputation of missing days and months with user-controlled behavior. It is available on CRAN. It has been reviewed by Kaique dos S. Alves, and Al-Ahmadgaid B. Asaad.
epair, developed by G.L. Orozco-Mulfinger together with Madyline Lawrence, and Owais Gilani: Aid the user in making queries to the EPA API site found at https://aqs.epa.gov/aqsweb/documents/data_api. This package combines API calling methods from various web scraping packages with specific strings to retrieve data from the EPA API. It also contains easy to use loaded variables that help a user navigate services offered by the API and aid the user in determining the appropriate way to make a an API call.
readODS, developed by Chung-hong Chan together with Gerrit-Jan Schutten, and Thomas J. Leeper: Read ODS (OpenDocument Spreadsheet) into R as data frame. Also support writing data frame into ODS file. It is available on CRAN. It has been reviewed by Emma Mendelsohn, and Adam H. Sparks.
Discover more packages, read more about Software Peer Review.
The following eight packages have had an update since the last newsletter: datefixR (
v1.0.0), dittodb (
v0.1.4), EDIutils (
v1.0.1), jagstargets (
1.0.3), lingtypology (
v1.1.9), restez (
v2.0.0), rtweet (
v1.0.2), and tidyqpcr (
There are fifteen recently closed and active submissions and 2 submissions on hold. Issues are at different stages:
Two at ‘6/approved’:
datefixR, Fix Really Messy Dates. Submitted by Nathan Constantine-Cooke.
epair, Grabs data from EPA API, simplifies getting pollutant data. Submitted by Leo Orozco-Mulfinger.
One at ‘5/awaiting-reviewer(s)-response’:
Three at ‘4/review(s)-in-awaiting-changes’:
hudr, A R interface for accessing HUD (US Department of Housing and Urban Development) APIs. Submitted by Emmet Tam.
octolog, Better Github Action Logging. Submitted by Jacob Wujciak-Jens.
healthdatacsv, Access data in the healthdata.gov catalog. Submitted by iecastro.
Four at ‘3/reviewer(s)-assigned’:
spiro, Manage Data from Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing. Submitted by Simon Nolte.
canaper, Categorical Analysis of Neo- And Paleo-Endemism. Submitted by Joel Nitta. (Stats).
tsbox, Class-Agnostic Time Series. Submitted by Christoph Sax. (Stats).
ROriginStamp, Interface to OriginStamp API to Obtain Trusted Time Stamps. Submitted by Rainer M Krug.
Two at ‘2/seeking-reviewer(s)':
aorsf, Accelerated Oblique Random Survival Forests. Submitted by Byron.
bssm, Bayesian Inference of Non-Linear and Non-Gaussian State Space. Submitted by Jouni Helske. (Stats).
Three at ‘1/editor-checks’:
daiquiri, Data Quality Reporting for Temporal Datasets. Submitted by Phuong Quan.
wmm, World Magnetic Model. Submitted by Will Frierson.
rdbhapi, Interface to DBH-API. Submitted by Marija Ninic.
Find out more about Software Peer Review and how to get involved.
Evaluating GitHub Activity for Contributors by Maëlle Salmon. How to evaluate the activity of a GitHub repository as an user or potential contributor. This post was discussed on the R Weekly Highlights podcast.
Upgrading rtweet by Lluís Revilla Sancho. Update from rtweet 0.7.0 to 1.0.2.
We’re looking for a new maintainer, or a new maintainer team, for each of the following packages:
nbaR, R client library for the Netherlands Biodiversity Api (NBA). Issue for volunteering.
elastic, R client for the Elasticsearch HTTP API. Issue for volunteering.
If you’re interested, please comment in the issues or email
For more info, see
Some useful tips for R package developers. 👀
Say you cloned a repository and are now getting ready to debug it.
How do you make sure you have all its development dependencies installed?
Easy to remember and to type, and it works!
If you maintain a changelog for your package, as you should, and have chosen the Markdown format (
NEWS.md) to do so, you might need to pay attention to its formatting for optimal parsing by
pkgdown, see the docs for
pkgdown::build_news(), for instance pay attention to headings;
R itself – if all goes well a
NEWS.md file that is correct for pkgdown will be correct for R too. You can follow the debugging steps recommended by Henrik Bengtsson to find what’s wrong in your
In some cases CRAN might run checks without installing the Suggested dependencies. How to ensure your vignettes still “work”, that is to say, that R CMD check will not produce any error or warning?
evalchunk option for instance.
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