drake's improved high-performance computing power

  Will Landau   | MAY 18, 2018

The drake R package is not only a reproducible research solution, but also a serious high-performance computing engine. The package website introduces drake, and this technical note draws from the guides on high-performance computing and timing in the drake manual. You can help! Some of these features are brand new, and others are newly refactored. The GitHub version has all the advertised functionality, but it needs more testing and development before I can submit it to CRAN in good conscience.

treeio: Phylogenetic data integration

  Guangchuang Yu   | MAY 17, 2018

Phylogenetic trees are commonly used to present evolutionary relationships of species. Newick is the de facto format in phylogenetic for representing tree(s). Nexus format incorporates Newick tree text with related information organized into separated units known as blocks. For the R community, we have ape and phylobase packages to import trees from Newick and Nexus formats. However, analysis results (tree + analysis findings) from widely used software packages in this field are not well supported.

The social weather of rOpenSci onboarding system

  Maëlle Salmon   | MAY 10, 2018

Our onboarding process ensures that packages contributed by the community undergo a transparent, constructive, non adversarial and open review process. Before even submitting my first R package to rOpenSci onboarding system in December 2015, I spent a fair amount of time reading through previous issue threads in order to assess whether onboarding was a friendly place for me: a newbie, very motivated to learn more but a newbie nonetheless. I soon got the feeling that yes, onboarding would help me make my package better without ever making me feel inadequate.

Nomisr - Access 'Nomis' UK Labour Market Data

  Evan Odell   | MAY 8, 2018

I’m excited to announce a new package for accessing official statistics from the UK. nomisr is the R client for the Nomis database. Nomis is run by Durham University on behalf of the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS), and contains over a thousand datasets, primarily on the UK labour market, census data, benefit spending and general economic activity. Registration is optional, although registration and the use of an API key allows for larger queries without the risk of being timed out or rate limited by the API.

How much work is onboarding?

  Maëlle Salmon   |   Noam Ross   | MAY 3, 2018

Our onboarding process, that ensures that packages contributed by the community undergo a transparent, constructive, non adversarial and open review process, involves a lot of work from many actors: authors, reviewers and editors; but how much work? Managing the effort involved in the peer-review process is a major part of ensuring its sustainability and quality. In this post, we’ll take a look at the effort put in by participants in the review process, and also learn something about exploring GitHub data along the way.

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