Interacting with The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program data

January 29, 2019

By:   OJ Watson

There seem to be a lot of ways to write about your R package, and rather than have to decide on what to focus on I thought I’d write a little bit about everything. To begin with I thought it best to describe what problem rdhs tries to solve, why it was developed and how I came to be involved in this project. I then give a brief overview of what the package can do, before continuing to describe how writing my first proper package and the rOpenSci review process was.

wateRinfo - Downloading tidal data to understand the behaviour of a migrating eel

January 22, 2019

By:   Stijn Van Hoey  |   Peter Desmet

Do you know what that sound is, Highness? Those are the Shrieking Eels — if you don’t believe me, just wait. They always grow louder when they’re about to feed on human flesh. If you swim back now, I promise, no harm will come to you. I doubt you will get such an offer from the Eels. Vizzini, The Princess Bride European eels (Anguilla anguilla) have it tough.

rOpenSci's new Code of Conduct

January 14, 2019

By:   Stefanie Butland  |   Scott Chamberlain  |   Kara Woo

We are pleased to announce the release of our new Code of Conduct. rOpenSci’s community is our best asset and it’s important that we put strong mechanisms in place before we have to act on a report. As before, our Code applies equally to members of the rOpenSci team and to anyone from the community at large participating in in-person or online activities. What’s new? A Code of Conduct Committee: Stefanie Butland (rOpenSci Community Manager), Scott Chamberlain (rOpenSci Co-founder and Technical Lead) and Kara Woo (independent community member).

vitae: Dynamic CVs with R Markdown

January 10, 2019

By:   Mitchell O'Hara-Wild

Why vitae? The process of maintaining a CV can be tedious. It’s a task I often forget about - that is until someone requests it and I find that my latest is woefully out of date. To make matters worse, these professional updates often need repeating across variety of sites (such as ORCID and LinkedIn). Having seen several CVs put together into an R Markdown document (including my own, featuring a few quick and dirty hacks to make it work), the need for an R package was obvious.

Continuing to Grow Community Together at ozunconf, 2018

January 8, 2019

By:   Nicholas Tierney

In late November 2018, we ran the third annual rOpenSci ozunconf. This is the sibling rOpenSci unconference, held in Australia. We ran the first ozunconf in Brisbane in 2016, and the second in Melbourne in 2017. Photos taken by Ajay from Fotoholics As usual, before the unconf, we started discussion on GitHub issue threads, and the excitement was building with the number of issues. The day before the unconf we ran “Day 0 training” - an afternoon explaining R packages and GitHub.

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