Friday, December 16, 2022 From rOpenSci (https://ropensci.org/blog/2022/12/16/ropensci-news-digest-december-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 have recently started building HTML reference manuals for each package in the R-universe! For packages that have had an update in the past 3 weeks, the reference manual is now linked from the package homepage on R-universe.dev. All packages in the R-universe are rebuilt at least once per month, so soon all packages should have an online HTML manual. You can also find reference manuals for base-R packages.
Find more information in our tech note.
Knowing our community’s stories helps us to learn about the people behind our software, brings us closer and offers us new opportunities. To share some of these community stories, we introduce you to the rOpenSci interview series “Meeting the stars of the R-Universe”.
The first interview showcases a bilingual (Spanish & English) story from Latin America: The experience of working with R packages in the Argentinian State.
Don’t miss the blog post and the video (with subtitles in English and Spanish).
After a brief hiatus, we returned to community calls with a session dedicated to our Champions Program.
We invited open source software Champions from other spaces and communities to share their experiences, to help us learn more about what it is to be a Champion, the benefit of applying to these programs, and how being a Champion can benefit not only us, but also our communities.
In this call, moderated by rOpenSci Community Manager Yani Bellini Saibene, Santosh Yadav and Emanuele Bartolesi shared their experiences of being Champions in their communities and gave advice on how to create a path to becoming a Champion in open source software communities.
Join us for social coworking & office hours monthly on first Tuesdays! Hosted by Steffi LaZerte and various community hosts. Everyone welcome. No RSVP needed. Consult our Events page to find your local time and how to join.
Tuesday, Jan 10th*, 14:00 European Central / 13:00 UTC “Working with new R users” Hosted by community host Alex Koiter and Steffi LaZerte
Tuesday, Feb 7th, 9:00 Americas Pacific / 17:00 UTC “Setting up Continuous Integration” Hosted by community host Hugo Gruson and Steffi LaZerte
And remember, you can always cowork independently on work related to R, work on packages that tend to be neglected, or work on what ever you need to get done!
* Note that the January Co-working session is on the second Tuesday in January.
The following three packages recently became a part of our software suite:
dynamite, developed by Santtu Tikka together with Jouni Helske: Easy-to-use and efficient interface for Bayesian inference of complex panel (time series) data. The package supports joint modeling of multiple measurements per individual, time-varying and time-invariant effects, and a wide range of discrete and continuous distributions. Estimation of these dynamic multivariate panel models is carried out via Stan. It has been reviewed by Nicholas Clark, and Lucy McGowan.
The following twenty packages have had an update since the last newsletter: gert (
v1.9.2), pkgstats (
v0.1.2), cffr (
v0.4.0), crul (
v1.3), daiquiri (
v1.0.3), gutenbergr (
v0.2.3), katex (
v1.4.1), nodbi (
v0.9.1), phylocomr (
v0.3.3), postdoc (
v1.1.0), prismjs (
v1.1.0), qualtRics (
v3.1.7), rerddap (
v1.0.1), rgbif (
v3.7.4), tarchetypes (
0.7.3), targets (
0.14.1), terrainr (
v0.7.2), tic (
v0.13.2), tidytags (
v1.1), and unifir (
There are twelve recently closed and active submissions and 2 submissions on hold. Issues are at different stages:
One at ‘6/approved’:
Three at ‘3/reviewer(s)-assigned’:
One at ‘2/seeking-reviewer(s)’:
Find out more about Software Peer Review and how to get involved.
Meeting the stars of the R-universe: R Community, Exchange and Learn by Yanina Bellini Saibene, Alejandra Bellini, Lucio Casalla, and Steffi LaZerte. This is the first post of our interview series “Meeting the stars of the R-universe”. We begin our journey in Argentina with a team that uses R and develops R packages in the Argentinean State.
Conociendo a las estrellas del universo R: comunidad R, intercambiar y aprender by Yanina Bellini Saibene, Alejandra Bellini, Lucio Casalla, and Steffi LaZerte. Esta es la primera entrega de nuestra serie de entrevistas “Conociendo a las estrellas del universo R”. Iniciamos nuestro recorrido en Argentina y con un equipo que utiliza R y desarrolla paquetes de R en el estado Argentino.
postdoc 1.0: minimal and uncluttered HTML package manuals by Jeroen Ooms. We released two new packages that we are using in R-universe to render package documentation: postdoc and prismjs.
How to Save ggplot2 Plots in a targets Workflow? by Matthias Grenié. A short exploration of how to save ggplot2 objects in targets workflow.
One use case of our packages and resources has been reported since we sent the last newsletter.
RSelenium, R Bindings for ‘Selenium WebDriver’. Provides a set of R bindings for the ‘Selenium 2.0 WebDriver’ using the ‘JsonWireProtocol’. ‘Selenium 2.0 WebDriver’ allows driving a web browser natively as a user would either locally or on a remote machine using the Selenium server it marks a leap forward in terms of web browser automation. Issue for volunteering.
elastic, General Purpose Interface to ‘Elasticsearch’. Connect to ‘Elasticsearch’, a ‘NoSQL’ database built on the ‘Java’ Virtual Machine. Interacts with the ‘Elasticsearch’ ‘HTTP’ API, including functions for setting connection details to ‘Elasticsearch’ instances, loading bulk data, searching for documents with both ‘HTTP’ query variables and ‘JSON’ based body requests. Issue for volunteering.
Refer to our recent blog post to identify packages where help is especially wished for!
Some useful tips for R package developers. 👀
You might have heard of the reprex package, which we’d recommend using. However, it’s not necessarily adapted to package development problems. To illustrate a problem you are having when developing a package, a reproducible example might consist in
You do not need to use the usethis package. However, it is crucial you find a way to quickly create the package skeleton and to quickly share it, as it will lessen the energy needed to get started, and leave you more time for the trickier reproducible example creation!
That’s the kind of workflow recommended in pkgdown contributing guide. It will also serve you well in any package development Q&A channel. Alternatively, if you can’t reduce your problem to a minimal example, hopefully you can show your actual package to someone, as opposed to describing it with words.
Because of size limitations on CRAN for instance, it might seem tricky to distribute data with your package. You could publish it on R-universe, and also explore solutions presented in a R-hub blog post and in a posit community forum answer by Gábor Csárdi.
Thanks for reading! If you want to get involved with rOpenSci, check out our Contributing Guide that can help direct you to the right place, whether you want to make code contributions, non-code contributions, or contribute in other ways like sharing use cases.