rOpenSci | rOpenSci News Digest, July 2022

rOpenSci News Digest, July 2022

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!

🔗 rOpenSci HQ

🔗 rOpenSci Code of Conduct update

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.

🔗 Committee changes

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.

🔗 Software 📦

🔗 New packages

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 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.

🔗 New versions

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 (v1.0.0).

🔗 Software Peer Review

There are fifteen recently closed and active submissions and 2 submissions on hold. Issues are at different stages:

Find out more about Software Peer Review and how to get involved.

🔗 On the blog

🔗 Tech Notes

🔗 Call for maintainers

We’re looking for a new maintainer, or a new maintainer team, for each of the following packages:

If you’re interested, please comment in the issues or email [email protected].

For more info, see

🔗 Package development corner

Some useful tips for R package developers. 👀

🔗 pak::pak()

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? Simply run pak::pak()! Easy to remember and to type, and it works!

🔗 Update to CRAN parsing

If you maintain a changelog for your package, as you should, and have chosen the Markdown format ( to do so, you might need to pay attention to its formatting for optimal parsing by

🔗 How to handle CRAN checks with _R_CHECK_DEPENDS_ONLY_=true

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?

  • pre-build your vignettes;
  • make them pkgdown articles instead (no vignette, no vignette error!);
  • execute code conditionally based on the availability of packages, with knitr eval chunk option for instance.

🔗 Last words

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