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New Packages

  • The first version (v0.1) of lightr is on CRAN - read spectrometric data and metadata. Checkout the docs to get started.
  • The first version (v2.0.3) of mauricer is on CRAN - install BEAST2 packages. Checkout the docs to get started.

New Versions

  • A new version (v0.3.0) of phylocomr is on CRAN - Interface to Phylocom for analysis of phylogenetic community structure and character evolution. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the vignette to get started.

    now always use temp files even when users pass files to avoid altering user files; new manual file describing inputs; check taxon name case in all inputs

  • A new version (v1.2.9) 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.
  • A new version (v0.4.12) of iheatmapr is on CRAN - Interactive and complex heatmaps. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the docs to get started.

    adjust tests to be compatible with newer version of scales package

  • A new version (v0.4.1) of stplanr is on CRAN - sustainable transport planning. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the docs to get started.

    better error messages if od2line() fails due to non-matching ids; improved documentation of od2line() in the vignette

  • A new version (v1.0.15) of lingtypology is on CRAN - linguistic typology and mapping. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the docs to get started.

    remove NA apearence from popup window when “fake” language argument is used; fast fix of colors tests

  • A new version (v0.2.3) of tiler is on CRAN - generate geographic and non-geographic map tiles from R. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the docs to get started.

    precompile vignette that depends on external data

  • A new version (v2.0) of skimr is on CRAN - compact and flexible summaries of data. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the vignettes to get started.

    a complete re-write! check out the release notes for all the details 🎉

  • A new version (v0.9.5) of rnoaa is on CRAN - NOAA Weather Data from R. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the vignettes to get started.

    lcd() base url fixed (please upgrade if you use lcd data); all gefs functions temporarily defunct

  • A new version (v0.2.0) of git2rdata is on CRAN - store and retrieve data.frames in a Git repository. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the docs to get started.

    a number of breaking changes, and some new features

  • A new version (v1.1.3) of nasapower is on CRAN - NASA POWER API Client. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the docs to get started.

    new vignette “Using nasapower with large geographic areas”

  • A new version (v0.9.91) of taxize is on CRAN - taxonomic toolbelt for R. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the taxize book to get started.

    get_ids can now suppress package cli messages; many improvements and bug fixes; force HTTP/1.1 for NCBI; warn when taxon identifiers of class X don’t match db param value; beware: COL now rate limits

  • A new version (v0.4.0) of nodbi is on CRAN - the NoSQL database connector. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the README to get started.

    in docdb_query() and docdb_get() for sqlite use a connection instead of file path; fix to docdb_query() and docdb_create() for sqlite when handling mixed value types

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 package recently went through our software review process and has been approved:

On the blog

Nicholas Potter wrote about his recently approved package rnassqs for accessing USDA agricultural data: rnassqs: accessing USDA agricultural data via API

Vikram Baliga wrote about his recently approved package workloopR - Analysis of work loops and other data from muscle physiology experiments in R

Use Cases

The following 12 works use/cite rOpenSci software:

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 six recent examples of maintainer transitions within rOpenSci:

We don’t have any packages looking for new maintainers - if you are a maintainer and want to hand over that role to someone else get in touch with us.

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  1. Fecchio, A., Bell, J. A., Bosholn, M., Vaughan, J. A., Tkach, V. V., Lutz, H. L., … Clark, N. J. (2019). An inverse latitudinal gradient in infection probability and phylogenetic diversity for Leucocytozoon blood parasites in New World birds. Journal of Animal Ecology. 

  2. Scheffers, B. R., Oliveira, B. F., Lamb, I., & Edwards, D. P. (2019). Global wildlife trade across the tree of life. Science, 366(6461), 71–76. 

  3. Enkybayar, A., Haustein, S., Barata, G., & Alperin, J. P. Comparing public and private Facebook activity linking to PLOS ONE papers. Altmetrics 2019 Conference Proceedings 

  4. Lewinski, D., & Hasan, M. R. Russian Troll Account Classification with Twitter and Facebook Data. 

  5. Dumitrescu, A., Cheval, S., & Guijarro, J. A. (2019). Homogenization of a combined hourly air temperature dataset over Romania. International Journal of Climatology. 

  6. Yoo, B. H., Kim, K. S., & Lee, J. (2019). The use of MODIS atmospheric products to estimate cooling degree days at weather stations in South and North Korea. Korean Journal of Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 21(2), 97-109. 

  7. Kaaronen, R. O., & Strelkovskii, N. (2019). Cultural Evolution of Sustainable Behaviours: Pro-Environmental Tipping Points in an Agent-Based Model. 

  8. Sydenham, M. A. K., Moe, S. R., & Eldegard, K. (2020). When context matters: Spatial prediction models of environmental conditions can identify target areas for wild bee habitat management interventions. Landscape and Urban Planning, 193, 103673. 

  9. Bottin, M., Peyre, G., Vargas, C., Raz, L., Richardson, J. E., & Sanchez, A. (2019). Phytosociological data and herbarium collections show congruent large scale patterns but differ in their local descriptions of community composition. Journal of Vegetation Science. 

  10. Piatscheck, F. (2019). Past, present and future: Geographic and temporal variation in a Fig–fig wasp mutualism (Order No. 22588967). ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (2302689695). 

  11. Reyes, A. L. P., Silva, T. C., Coetzee, S. G., Plummer, J. T., Davis, B. D., Chen, S., … Jones, M. R. (2019). GENAVi: a shiny web application for gene expression normalization, analysis and visualization. BMC Genomics, 20(1). 

  12. Fetter, K.C. 2019. Natural Selection For Disease Resistance In Hybrid Poplars Targets Stomatal Patterning Traits And Regulatory Genes. Graduate College Dissertations and Theses. 1162.