- We have started to dive into neuroscience. We recently chatted with three neuroinformaticians about open data and R in their field. They directed us towards lots of interesting sources of open data. Our first shot at this field is the rif package - an R client to search and get data from the Neuroscience Information Framework web services. We’d love to work with people in neuroscience/neuroinformatics on R clients.
- Our R client for Orcid.org got a reboot and some new functionality. Give it a try and let us know what you think. Get started. In addition, Simon Goring wrote a blog post recently about creating a co-author network using
- We started work on an R client for the key-value store etcd by Coreos, written in Go. Try it - let us know what you think.
- rentrez, our client for the NCBI’s entrez API got a new release on CRAN. New features include richer records from
entrez_summaryand a set functions to help users learn about what data is available from NCBI and how to get it. We’ve started planning for a 1.0 release of rentrez, so add any requests you have for the package.
- Jeff Hollister is the new maintainer of the maptools task view. The
maptoolstask view focuses on tools for mapping and visualizing spatial data in R. Thanks Jeff!
- Attendees of our upcoming unconference/hackathon in March have started to generate ideas for the event. Check them out at https://github.com/ropensci/unconf/issues, and check out the event site. If you want to join remotely, instructions are in the README.
In the news
- We were listed in the UPenn guide for R. w00t!
- Our R client for Solr,
solr, has been added to the list of Solr clients on the Apache Solr website. Sweet :)
- Karthik Ram participated in a workshop at Imperial College’s school of Medicine on tools for graphical resources for modeling infectious diseases in R. Details on our events page.