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New Versions

  • A new version (v0.1.9) of codemetar is on CRAN - Generate codemeta metadata for R packages. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the docs to get started.
  • A new version (v1.3.2) 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 (v0.1.2) of chirps is on CRAN - client for the Climate Hazards Group InfraRed Precipitation with Station Data. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the docs to get started.
  • A new version (v0.5.0) of emld is on CRAN - ecological metadata as linked data. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the docs to get started.
  • A new version (v1.1.0) of rnoaa is on CRAN - NOAA Weather Data from R. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the docs to get started.
  • A new version (v0.6.2) of stplanr is on CRAN - sustainable transport planning. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the docs to get started.
  • A new version (v0.4.2) of worrms is on CRAN - client for World Register of Marine Species. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the docs to get started.
  • A new version (v0.5.0) of iheatmapr is on CRAN - Interactive and complex heatmaps. See the release notes for changes. Checkout the docs to get started.
  • A new version (v0.4.0) of rcoreoa is on CRAN - client for CORE See the release notes for changes. Checkout the docs to get started.

Software Review ✔

Software review is now accepting submissions again.

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 submitted:

Use Cases

The following 30 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. Check out our guidance for taking over maintenance of a package.

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

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