• A package in development for a while now, for making interactive visualizations, plotly (version 2.0.2), is on CRAN. It is maintained by the team, and Carson Sievert. plotly is an R client for easily translating ggplot2 graphs to an interactive web-based version and/or create other plot types not available in ggplot2. Once uploaded to a plotly account, plotly graphs (and the data behind them) can be viewed and modified in a web browser. See An overview of plotly’s R API for an introduction to the package. Repository on GitHub.
  • A new version (2.1.0) of rfishbase is on CRAN. Repository on GitHub.
  • A new version (0.0.7) of prism is on CRAN. See the NEWS for changes.
  • A new version (0.2.1) of ecoretriever is on CRAN. This version adds a new function get_updates() to update the retriever scripts; a big improvement as it avoids automatically updating the scripts every time the package is imported. See the release notes for changes.
  • A new version (1.0.6) of rusda is on CRAN. Repository on GitHub.
  • A new package (version 0.1.0) brranching is on CRAN. This aims to be an R client for many sources of phylogenies. However, only one source of data is available now: Phylomatic. Other data sources will be added. Some sources of phylogenies already have nice R clients so won’t be included in this one, e.g., Open Tree of Life - rotl. See the README for an introduction to the package. Repository on GitHub.

rOpenSci HQ

Use cases

A few recent papers cite rOpenSci software:


  1. Boettiger C, Chamberlain S, Hart E, Ram K. Building Software, Building Community: Lessons from the rOpenSci Project. Journal of Open Research Software. 2015;3(1):e8. 

  2. Baden, H. M., Särkinen, T., Conde, D. A., Matthews, A. C., Vandrot, H., Chicas, S., … (2015). A BOTANICAL INVENTORY OF FOREST ON KARSTIC LIMESTONE AND METAMORPHIC SUBSTRATE IN THE CHIQUIBUL FOREST, BELIZE, WITH FOCUS ON WOODY TAXA. Edinburgh Journal of Botany, 1–43. 

  3. Price, S. A., Friedman, S. T., & Wainwright, P. C. (2015). How predation shaped fish: the impact of fin spines on body form evolution across teleosts. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 282(1819), 20151428–20151428. 

  4. Mindel, B. L., Webb, T. J., Neat, F. C., & Blanchard, J. L. (Accepted). A trait-based metric sheds new light on the nature of the body size-depth relationship in the deep sea. J Anim Ecol. 

  5. Muench, D., & Galizia, C. G. (2015). DoOR 2.0 - Comprehensive Mapping of Drosophila melanogaster Odorant Responses.