rOpenSci HQ

The rOpenSci team will be at a number of upcoming events.

  • Jul 25-27, New York, NY, Stefanie Butland, Handbook hackathon - Open Source Alliance for Open Scholarship
  • Jul 28 - Aug 2, Vancouver, CA, Scott Chamberlain & Jenny Bryan, Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM)

Software 📦

CRAN: GitHub:

New packages

  • A new version (v0.2.7) of weathercan is on CRAN - . Check out the docs to get started. It just completed our software review process and is now in the rOpenSci family - welcome Steffi!

New versions

  • A new version (v1.0.1) of available is on CRAN - check if the title of a package is available, appropriate and interesting. Check out the available README to get started.

    remove self from results :)

  • A new version (v0.22.1) of git2r is on CRAN - an interface to the libgit2 library, a pure C implementation of the Git core methods. See the release notes for changes. Check out the git2r README to get started.

    changed from S4 to S3 classes; a number of new functions; update libgit2 lib

  • A new version (v0.6.0) of crul is on CRAN - an R6 based HTTP client for R made for developers. See the release notes for changes. Check out the crul docs to get started.

    simple auth now in async requests; new fxn ok(); progress bar support; new vign; global curl options

  • A new version (v2.2) of tesseract is on CRAN - bindings to Tesseract, an OCR engine See the release notes for changes. Check out the tesseract vignette to get started.

    fixes for breaking changes

  • A new version (v0.5.0) of rebird is on CRAN - a client for the eBird database of bird observations. See the release notes for changes. Check out the rebird vignette to get started.

    all requests use https instead of http

  • A new version (v1.2) of spelling is on CRAN - tools for spell checking. See the NEWS for changes. Check out the spelling README to get started.

    internally normalize all case of lang strings to lower_UPPER e.g en_US

  • A new version (v0.3.5) of rdefra is on CRAN - get data from DEFRA’s UK-AIR website See the NEWS for changes. Check out the rdefra vignette to get started.

    minor changes; changes in pkg for API changes

  • A new version (v1.1.0) of hydroscoper is on CRAN - interface to the Greek National Data Bank for Hydrological and Meteorological Information See the release notes for changes. Check out the hydroscoper vignettes to get started.

    new fxn find_stations() gets nearest hydroscope’s stations

  • A new version (v0.8.0) of spocc is on CRAN - an interface to many species occurrence data sources. See the release notes for changes. Check out the spocc docs to get started.

    occ() gains new param date for date range searches across data sources

  • A new version (v2.5.4) of FedData is on CRAN - fxns to automate downloading geospatial data available from several federated data sources (mainly US fed gov’t). See the NEWS for changes. Check out the FedData docs to get started.

    fixed issue in downloading NED tiles

  • A new version (v0.1.8) of fingertipsR is on CRAN - Fingertips data for public health See the release notes for changes. Check out the fingertipsR vignettes to get started.

    fingertips_data function adapted for “New data” field in API

  • A new version (v0.2.0/v0.2.2) of charlatan is on CRAN - a comprehensive approach to making fake data, supporting many languages. See the release notes for v0.2.0 and v0.2.2 for changes. Check out the charlatan vignette to get started.

    new package author! new data types: Elements, Internet, User-agent, Files, LoremIpsum

  • A new version (0.5.1) of visdat is on CRAN - create preliminary exploratory data visualisations of an entire dataset to identify problems or unexpected features using ggplot2. See the release notes for changes. Check out the visdat docs to get started.

    new fxns: vis_compare, vis_expect, vis_cor, vis_guess, and more!

  • A new version (v1.0.0/v1.0.2) of rgbif is on CRAN - interface to the Global Biodiversity Information Facility API. See the release notes for v1.0.0 and v1.0.2 for changes. Check out the rgbif vignettes to get started.

    v1! new download queue fxns: occ_download_prep, occ_download_queue; new map fxn: map_fetch; internal paging in name_* functions, and more

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 3 packages recently went through our onboarding process and have been approved!

On the blog

rOpenSci Unconference

In another in a series of posts from teams at our recent rOpenSci Unconference, this time we’ve got the mchtoolbox team.

The mchtoolbox team (Monica Gerber, Jennifer Thompson, Jenny Draper, Kyle Hamilton, Charles Gray) wrote about their mchtoolbox project: Exploring ways to address gaps in maternal-child health research

Use cases

The following 12 works use/cite rOpenSci software:

In the news

useR 2018 happened last week in Brisbane, Australia.

The hex wall was very cool. See if you can pick out the rOpenSci related stickers (bigger image here)

No rOpenSci team members were there, but there were a fair amount of rOpenSci mentions in talks (these are a subset).

Julia Silge wrote a blog post about Punctuation In Literature using our gutenbergr package

Jakub Nowosad wrote a blog post Life (expectancy), animated using our rnaturalearth package

Shirin Glander wrote a blog post using our googleLanguageR package: Addendum: Text-to-Speech with the googleLanguageR package

Danielle Navarro wrote a fun blog post on skimboarding data using our packages skimr and pdftools: Day 63-66: Learning to skim

Eric Scott wrote a blog post about a new function he contributed to our package webchem: Retrieve chemical retention indices from NIST with {webchem}!

Francisco Rodriguez-Sanchez was scratching his own itch to create a new package biblioformat that uses our package rcrossref

Hal Snyder wrote a blog post on using Hurricane tracking data in R using our rrricanes package

Keep up with rOpenSci


  1. Zhu, G., Matthews, C., Wei, P., Lorch, M., & Chakravarty, S. (2018). En Route Flight Time Prediction Under Convective Weather Events. 2018 Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations Conference. 

  2. Wiltshire, K., Tanner, J. E., Althaus, F., Sorokin, S., & Williams, A. (2018). Predicting environmental suitability for key benthic species in an ecologically and economically important deep-sea environment. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography. 

  3. De Oliveira, H., Oprea, M., & Dias, R. (2018). Distributional Patterns and Ecological Determinants of Bat Occurrence Inside Caves: A Broad Scale Meta-Analysis. Diversity, 10(3), 49. 

  4. Robert J. Allaway, Sara J. Gosline, Marco Nievo, Salvatore La Rosa, Annette Bakker and Justin Guinney 2018. Abstract 4643: Drug-Target Explorer: An interactive tool for examining chemical-biological interactions. Cancer Res July 1 2018 (78) (13 Supplement) 4643, doi:10.1158/1538-7445.AM2018-4643, 

  5. Sánchez-Tapia, A., Mário L Garbin, Marinez F Siqueira, Karlo G Guidoni-Martins, Fabio R Scarano, Tatiana T Carrijo. Environmental and geographical space partitioning between core and peripheral Myrsine species (Primulaceae) of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest, Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 

  6. Gastauer, M., Caldeira, C. F., Trotter, I., Ramos, S. J., & Neto, J. A. A. M. (2018). Optimizing community trees using the open tree of life increases the reliability of phylogenetic diversity and dispersion indices. Ecological Informatics. 

  7. Nuijten, M. B. (2018, April 30). Research on Research: A Meta-Scientific Study of Problems and Solutions in Psychological Science. 

  8. Chapman, C. A., Omeja, P. A., Kalbitzer, U., Fan, P., & Lawes, M. J. (2018). Restoration Provides Hope for Faunal Recovery: Changes in Primate Abundance Over 45 Years in Kibale National Park, Uganda. Tropical Conservation Science, 11, 194008291878737. 

  9. Kovesdi, C., Le Blanc, K., Spielman, Z., Hill, R., & Oxstrand, J. (2018, July). Quantifying the Contribution of Individual Display Features on Fixation Duration to Support Human-System Interface Design in Nuclear Power Plants. In International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (pp. 453-464). Springer, Cham. 

  10. Becker, L. 2018. Articles in the world’s languages. Dissertation thesis. 

  11. Garmendia, A., Merle, H., Ruiz, P., & Ferriol, M. (2018). Distribution and ecological segregation on regional and microgeographic scales of the diploid Centaurea aspera L., the tetraploid C. seridis L., and their triploid hybrids (Compositae). PeerJ, 6, e5209. 

  12. Sethuraman, J., & Vaishnavi, J. 2018. An innovative integrated methodology for predicting and mitigating global warming in major Indian cities.