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New Packages

  • A new package parzer (v0.1.4) is on CRAN - parse messy geographic coordinates. Checkout the docs to get started. parzer parzer

New Versions

  • A new version (v0.1.13) of spatsoc is on CRAN - detecting spatial and temporal groups in GPS relocations. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the docs to get started. spatsoc spatsoc
  • A new version (v0.2.9) of ropenaq is on CRAN - Air quality data from the open data platform OpenAQ. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the docs to get started. ropenaq ropenaq
  • A new version (v7.12.0) of drake is on CRAN - a pipeline toolkit for reproducible computation at scale. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the docs to get started. drake drake
  • A new version (v1.0.2) of plater is on CRAN - read, tidy, and display data from microtiter plates. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the docs to get started. plater plater
  • A new version (v0.6.2) of webmockr is on CRAN - stubbing and setting expectations on HTTP requests. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the HTTP testing book to get started. webmockr webmockr
  • A new version (v0.0.7) of plotdap is on CRAN - easily visualize data from ERDDAP servers via the rerddap package. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the vignette to get started. plotdap plotdap
  • A new version (v0.9.93) of taxize is on CRAN - taxonomic toolbelt for R. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the taxize book to get started. taxize taxize
  • A new version (v1.0.0) of rcrossref is on CRAN - R client for the Crossref API. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the docs to get started. rcrossref rcrossref
  • A new version (v0.2.0) of rbraries is on CRAN - interface to the API. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the docs to get started. rbraries rbraries
  • A new version (v1.3.1) of UCSCXenaTools is on CRAN - download and explore datasets from UCSC Xena data hubs. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the docs to get started. UCSCXenaTools UCSCXenaTools

Software Review ✔

In the interest of reducing load on reviewers and editors as we manage the COVID-19 crisis, rOpenSci is temporarily pausing new submissions for software peer review. Please check back at our software review repository after 17 April for updates. In this period new submissions will not be handled, nor new reviewers assigned. Reviews and responses to reviews will be handled on a ‘best effort’ basis, but no follow-up reminders will be sent. Other rOpenSci community activities continue. We express our continued great appreciation for the work of our authors and reviewers.

On the blog

Tech notes

Scott Chamberlain wrote a post on the new parzer package: parzer: Parse Messy Geographic Coordinates.

Use Cases

The following 23 works use/cite rOpenSci software:

From the Forum

We have a discussion forum (using Discourse) for the rOpenSci community. It’s a really nice way to have conversations on the internet. From time to time we’ll highlight recent discussions of interest.

The R-Journal is seeking reviewers - checkout the forum thread for more.

A new use case was reported in the forum recently:

In The News

  • python: Python 101: Learning About Lists
    • A good introduction to lists in Python; they’re kind of like R lists. It’s an important data structure to know if you’re going to be learning Python
  • testing: Necessary & Sufficient
    • A good read on how to think about testing in general

Call For Maintainers

Part of the mission of rOpenSci is making sustainable software that users can rely on. Some software maintainers need to give up maintenance due to a variety of circumstances. When that happens we try to find new maintainers. Checkout our Contributing Guide for why and how to contribute to rOpenSci.

We’ve had eight recent examples of maintainer transitions within rOpenSci:

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  7. Milà, C., Curto, A., Dimitrova, A., Sreekanth, V., Kinra, S., Marshall, J. D., & Tonne, C. (2020). Identifying predictors of personal exposure to air temperature in peri-urban India. Science of The Total Environment, 707, 136114. 

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  9. Torregroza-Espinosa, A. C., Restrepo, J. C., Correa-Metrio, A., Hoyos, N., Escobar, J., Pierini, J., & Martínez, J.-M. (2020). Fluvial and oceanographic influences on suspended sediment dispersal in the Magdalena River Estuary. Journal of Marine Systems, 204, 103282. 

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  14. Czernecki, B., Głogowski, A., & Nowosad, J. (2020). Climate: An R Package to Access Free In-Situ Meteorological and Hydrological Datasets For Environmental Assessment. Sustainability, 12(1), 394. 

  15. Shi, L., Tian, H., Wang, P., Li, L., Zhang, Z., Zhang, J., & Zhao, Y. (2020). Spaceflight and simulated microgravity suppresses macrophage development via altered RAS/ERK/NFκB and metabolic pathways. Cellular & Molecular Immunology. 

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  17. Quintero, E., Pizo, M. A., & Jordano, P. (2020). Fruit resource provisioning for avian frugivores: The overlooked side of effectiveness in seed dispersal mutualisms. Journal of Ecology. 

  18. Blowes, S. A., Chase, J. M., Di Franco, A., Frid, O., Gotelli, N. J., Guidetti, P., … Belmaker, J. (2020). Mediterranean marine protected areas have higher biodiversity via increased evenness, not abundance. Journal of Applied Ecology, 57(3), 578–589. 

  19. Wunderlich, F., & Memmert, D. (2020). Innovative Approaches in Sports Science—Lexicon-Based Sentiment Analysis as a Tool to Analyze Sports-Related Twitter Communication. Applied Sciences, 10(2), 431. 

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