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New Packages

  • The first version (v0.0.3) of medrxivr is on CRAN - access and search MedRxiv and BioRxiv preprint data. Checkout the docs to get started. This package recently went through rOpenSci software review. medrxivr medrxivr

New Versions

  • A new version (v0.7.1) of bomrang is on CRAN - Australian government Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) data. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the docs to get started. bomrang bomrang
  • A new version (v0.5.1) of emld is on CRAN - ecological metadata as linked data. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the docs to get started. emld emld
  • A new version (v0.2.0) of opencv is on CRAN - bindings to the OpenCV computer vision library. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the docs to get started. opencv opencv
  • A new version (v2.0.0) of nasapower is on CRAN - NASA POWER API Client. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the docs to get started. nasapower nasapower
  • A new version (v0.2.0) of gutenbergr is on CRAN - Download and process public domain works from Project Gutenberg. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the vignette to get started. gutenbergr gutenbergr
  • A new version (v2.1.2) of GSODR is on CRAN - Global Surface Summary of the Day (GSOD) Weather Data from R. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the docs to get started. GSODR GSODR
  • A new version (v2.0.3) of MODIStsp is on CRAN - Automate Download and Preprocessing of MODIS Land Products Data. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the docs to get started. MODIStsp MODIStsp
  • A new version (v0.0.6) of arkdb is on CRAN - archive and unarchive databases as flat text files. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the docs to get started. arkdb arkdb
  • A new version (v1.0.1) of rppo is on CRAN - access the Global Plant Phenology Data portal. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the docs to get started. rppo rppo
  • A new version (v0.9.98) 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 (v1.1) of tradestatistics is on CRAN - open trade statistics api wrapper and utility program. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the docs to get started. tradestatistics tradestatistics
  • A new version (v3.0.0) of rdataretriever is on CRAN - R interface to the Data Retriever. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the docs to get started. rdataretriever rdataretriever

Software Review ✔

We accept community contributed packages via our software review 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 two packages were recently approved:

On the blog

Software Review:

April Wright, Christian Román-Palacios, and Josef Uyeda wrote about their recently rOpenSci reviewed package treedata.table: The treedata.table Package. They discuss how the package came about, why you should use the packag and a bit of high level talk on what can be done with the package.


The following 18 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.

Four new use cases were shared in the forum over the past two weeks since our last newsletter:

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. Check out our guidance for taking over maintenance of a package.

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

We’ve got one package in need of a new maintainer:

Get involved with rOpenSci

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