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New packages

  • A new package nomisr (v0.2.0) is on CRAN. nomisr gives you access to UK official statistics from the Nomis database. Nomis includes data from the Census, the Labour Force Survey, DWP benefit statistics and other economic and demographic data from the Office for National Statistics, based around statistical geographies. This package recently went through rOpenSci review. Check out the nomisr docs to get started.
  • A new package rbraries (v0.1.0) is on CRAN. rbraries is an R client for - a . Check out the rbraries README to get started.


  • A new version (v0.3) of europepmc is on CRAN. See the europepmc NEWS for details. Check out the europepmc docs to get started.

    Implement version 6 of the Europe PMC in the package

  • A new version (v1.1.0) of ijtiff is on CRAN. See the ijtiff NEWS for details. Check out the ijtiff vignette to get started.

    new functions count_imgs() and read_tags() 🎉

  • A new version (v0.7.0) of rvertnet is on CRAN. See the rvertnet release notes for details. Check out the rvertnet vignette to get started.

    added month and day params to searchbyterm() mostly to allow date based searching in spocc

  • A new version (v0.2.0) of monkeylearn is on CRAN. See the monkeylearn NEWS for details. Check out the monkeylearn docs to get started.

    new pkgdown docs website, and new functions monkey_classify() and monkey_extract() 🐵 (also: now w/ cowsay 🐄)

  • A new version (v0.6.0) of rbison is on CRAN. See the rbison release notes for details. Check out the rbison vignettes to get started.

    bison_solr() now supports range queries for certain parameters - like for rvertnet, helps facilitate date based searching in spocc

  • A new version (v5.1.2) of drake is on CRAN. See the drake release notes for details. Check out the drake docs to get started.

Software Review ✔

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Use cases

The following five works use/cite rOpenSci software:

In the news

Ross Mounce and Najko Jahn wrote up a nice script to answer the question How many publishers have opened-up their references? using our rcrossref package.

James Eddy is using our package plotly in his Shiny web app CRI iAtlas for “studying interactions between tumors and the immune microenvironment”.

Luis Verde wrote a blog post a few months back (updated recently) about pulling tables with data from PDFs using our tabulizer package.

Jorge Cimentada wrote a blog post about his package essurvey recently onboarded with rOpenSci.

Peer Christensen wrote a tutorial on using our package lingtypology: Interactive language maps in R with lingtypology

Sam Firke shared a neat use case for our package visdat to look at respondent drop-off throughout a survey.

Stephanie Hazlitt wrote a great post about using our rebird package.

Pablo Baberá is teaching a course this summer called Automated Collection of Web and Social Data, which includes teaching students how to do web scraping, including our package RSelenium.

Keep up with rOpenSci


  1. Barnett, A. (2018). Missing the point: are journals using the ideal number of decimal places? F1000Research, 7, 450. 

  2. Holmes, I., & Davis Rabosky, A. R. (2018). Natural history bycatch: a pipeline for identifying metagenomic sequences in RADseq data. PeerJ, 6, e4662. 

  3. Pajo, J. (2018). Quantitative Falsification for Qualitative Findings. Social Science Computer Review, 089443931876795. 

  4. Rastrojo, A., García-Hernández, R., Vargas, P., Camacho, E., Corvo, L., Imamura, H., … Requena, J. M. (2018). Genomic and transcriptomic alterations in Leishmania donovani lines experimentally resistant to antileishmanial drugs. International Journal for Parasitology: Drugs and Drug Resistance. 

  5. Schwamborn, R. (2018). How reliable are the Powell-Wetherall plot method and the maximum-length approach? Implications for length-based studies of growth and mortality. arXiv 1804.05162