Software 📦

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New packages

  • A new package rtika (v0.1.8) is on CRAN. rtika extracts text or metadata from over a thousand file types, using Apache Tika Get either plain text or structured XHTML content. This package recently went through rOpenSci review. Check out the rtika docs to get started. rtika rtika


  • A new version (v2.1.1) of RNeXML is on CRAN, which provides access to phyloinformatic data in NeXML format. See the RNeXML NEWS for details. Check out the RNeXML docs to get started. RNeXML RNeXML
  • A new version (v0.2.1) of comtradr is on CRAN. comtradr interfaces with the United Nations Comtrade API. See the comtradr release notes for details. Check out the comtradr docs to get started. comtradr comtradr

    ct_search() updates, and a number of bug fixes

  • A new version (v0.1.6) of codemetar is on CRAN. See the codemetar release notes for details. Check out the codemetar docs to get started. codemetar codemetar

    New functions extract_badges() and give_opinion(), and lots of updates and changes 🚀

  • A new version (v0.2.1) of taxa is on CRAN. taxa provides taxonomic classes for groupings of taxonomic names without data, and those with data. See the taxa release notes for details. Check out the taxa docs to get started. taxa taxa

    lots of fixes/changes + a new maintainer! Zachary Foster

  • A new version (v2.1) of tesseract is on CRAN. tesseract provides bindings to the Tesseract OCR engine. See the tesseract NEWS for details. Check out the tesseract docs to get started. tesseract tesseract
  • A new version (v2.0) of jsonld is on CRAN. See the jsonld release notes for details. Check out the jsonld README to get started. jsonld jsonld

    Update bundled jsonld.js library …

  • A new version (v0.5) of roadoi is on CRAN. roadoi interfaces with the Unpaywall API See the roadoi release notes for details. Check out the roadoi docs to get started. roadoi roadoi

    re-branding oaDOI to Unpaywall, an minor fixes

  • A new version (v0.3.4) of tidyhydat is on CRAN. This package provides functions to access historical and real-time national hydrometric data from Water Survey of Canada data sources. See the tidyhydat release notes for details. Check out the tidyhydat docs to get started. tidyhydat tidyhydat

    Speed improvements! and other stuff

  • A new version (v0.2.0) of getlandsat (download Landsat 8 data) is on CRAN. See the getlandsat release notes for details. Check out the getlandsat docs to get started. getlandsat getlandsat


  • A new version (v0.3.0) of originr is on CRAN. See the originr release notes for details. Check out the originr README to get started. originr originr


  • A new version (v0.2.0) of bikedata (download/aggregate data from public hire bicycle systems) is on CRAN. See the bikedata release notes for details. Check out the bikedata docs to get started. bikedata bikedata

    New cities! San Francisco, Minneapolis/St Paul, Montreal Canada, & Guadalajara Mexico; and easier to add new cities

  • A new version (v1.2.0) of RefManageR (tools for importing and working with bibliographic references) is on CRAN. See the RefManageR release notes for details. Check out the RefManageR docs to get started. RefManageR RefManageR


  • RSelenium has been most likely temporarily archived on CRAN - should be back up there soon. In the meantime, you can install it from GitHub.
  • We’ve decided not to revive Reol - it’s archived on CRAN and no longer supported.

Software Review ✔

We accept community contributed packages via our onboarding system - an open software review system, sorta like scholarly paper review, but way better. We’ll highlight newly onboarded packages here. A huge thanks to our reviewers, who do a lot of work reviewing (see the blog post on our review system), and the authors of the packages!

If you want to be a reviewer fill out this short form, and we’ll ping you when there’s a submission that fits in your area of expertise.

The following package recently went through our onboarding process and has been approved!

The following three packages were recently submitted:

On the blog

main blog

Maëlle Salmon, from the rOpenSci team, is writing a 3 post series about a data-driven overview of rOpenSci onboarding. She introduces the series in a post Our package reviews in review: Introducing a 3-post series about software onboarding data

Use cases

The following six works use/cite rOpenSci software:

In the news

Krystian Igras of Appsilon Data Science gave a talk on Data Validation with assertr using our assertr package (maintained by Tony Fischetti) - there’s also a video of the talk available

Oliver Pescott wrote a nice blog post about Creating country checklists using GBIF and rgbif using our rgbif package.

Emily Jane McTavish wrote a nice blog post on How to combine data from Open Tree of Life and GBIF using our [rgif][] and rotl packages.

Desi Quintans started an R package (taxizehelper) with some convenience functions around our package taxize

Guangchuang YU wrote a blog post on how to rename phylogeny tip labels in treeio, using the rOpenSci package treeio, which he also maintains

Keep up with rOpenSci


  1. Schweiger, A. H., & Svenning, J.-C. (2018). Down-sizing of dung beetle assemblages over the last 53 000 years is consistent with a dominant effect of megafauna losses. Oikos. 

  2. Portugal, S. J., & White, C. R. (2018). Miniaturisation of biologgers is not alleviating the 5% rule. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 

  3. Spalink, D., Stoffel, K., Walden, G. K., Hulse-Kemp, A. M., Hill, T. A., Van Deynze, A., & Bohs, L. (2018). Comparative transcriptomics and genomic patterns of discordance in Capsiceae (Solanaceae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 126, 293–302. 

  4. Zizka, A. (2018). Big data insights into the distribution and evolution of tropical diversity. 

  5. Esarey, Justin, and Kristin Bryant. 2018. “Are Papers Written by Women Authors Cited Less Frequently?” Forthcoming at Political Analysis. 

  6. Saad, N. J., Lynch, V. D., Antillón, M., Yang, C., Crump, J. A., & Pitzer, V. E. (2018). Seasonal dynamics of typhoid and paratyphoid fever. Scientific Reports, 8(1).