Maintaining an R Package - Community Call Summary

July 14, 2020

By:   Janani Ravi  |   Steffi LaZerte

In March we held a Community Call discussing the maintenance of R packages. This call included a starting presentation by Julia Silge followed by a discussion featuring panelists with a wide variety of backgrounds: Elin Waring, Erin Grand, Leonardo Collado-Torres and Scott Chamberlain. The rOpenSci Package Maintenance Community Call was my (Janani’s) first Community Call and I loved it. For R/software-dev newbies, learning the right terminology/lingo/vocabulary is everything. It can take a few dozen blog posts and many hours of reading before beginners get to the ‘aha’ moment of ‘oh, these are the terms I need to use to search for what I’m thinking!

2 Months in 2 Minutes - rOpenSci News, June 2020

June 18, 2020

By:   Stefanie Butland

rOpenSci HQ The rOpenSci team, together with ten expert community members, put together a post: When Field or Lab Work is not an Option - Leveraging Open Data Resources for Remote Research. We highlighted examples of how specific collections of packages are being used right now in fields as varied as archaeology and climate science and compiled a table of > 100 rOpenSci packages for access to open data.  Software Peer Review Software peer review is accepting submissions again, after a pause to reduce the load on reviewers and editors in light of the COVID-19 crisis.

When Field or Lab Work is not an Option - Leveraging Open Data Resources for Remote Research

May 19, 2020

By:   The rOpenSci Team  |   Brooke Anderson  |   Robin Lovelace  |   Ben Marwick  |   Ben Raymond  |   Anton Van de Putte  |   Louise Slater  |   Sam Zipper  |   Ilaria Prosdocimi  |   Sam Albers  |   Claudia Vitolo

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically impacted all of our lives in a very short period of time. Spring and summer are usually very busy as students prepare to go the field to engage in various data collection efforts. The pandemic has also disrupted these carefully planned activities as travel is suspended and local and remote field stations have closed indefinitely. A lost field season can be a major setback for a dissertation timeline and students will have to improvise.

Automatic Code Cleaning in R with Rclean

April 21, 2020

By:   M.K. Lau

Leave the code cleaner than you found it. – R.C. Martin in Clean Code The R language has become very popular among scientists and analysts because it enables the rapid development of software and empowers scientific investigation. However, regardless of the language used, data analysis is usually complicated. Because of various project complexities and time constraints, analytical software often reflects these challenges. “What did I measure? What analyses are relevant to the study?

2 Months in 2 Minutes - rOpenSci News, April 2020

April 17, 2020

By:   Stefanie Butland

rOpenSci HQ The recording, collaborative notes and links to community discussion and resources are up for our latest Community Call on Maintaining an R package. Panel moderated by Julia Silge included Elin Waring, Erin Grand, Leonardo Collado-Torres, and Scott Chamberlain.  Software Peer Review 1 staff-contributed package passed software peer review. parzer - Parse messy geographic coordinates. Author: Scott Chamberlain; Reviewers: Julien Brun, María Victoria Munafó; Read the Review On March 16, we paused new submissions for software peer review for 30 days (possibly longer) in the interest of reducing load on reviewers and editors in light of the COVID-19 crisis.

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