Software

  • A new package ropenaq (v0.1.1) is on CRAN. ropenaq provides access to air quality data from the API of the OpenAQ platform https://docs.openaq.org/, with the different services the API offers (getting measurements for a given query, getting latest measurements, getting lists of available countries/cities/locations). For an introduction to the package see the vignette. Repository on GitHub.
  • A new package rgeospatialquality (v0.3.2) is on CRAN. rgeospatialquality provides native wrappers for the functions available via the spatial quality REST API described at http://bit.ly/bioinformatics_btw057. For an introduction to the package see the vignette. Repository on GitHub.
  • A new version (0.5.0) of ritis is on CRAN. See release notes for more, and see the vignette for an introduction to the package. This is a re-boot of ritis, overhauled to use the new JSON API, instead of XML, and functions reworked internally, reduced complexity. Repository on GitHub.
  • A new version (0.1.2) of gutenbergr is on CRAN. gutenbergr is an R package to help you download and process public domain works from Project Gutenberg. See the NEWS for changes. For an introduction to the package see the vignette. Repository on GitHub.
  • A new version (2.0.7) of RNeXML is on CRAN. RNeXML is an R package to provide access to phyloinformatic data in ‘NeXML’ format. See the NEWS for changes. For an introduction to the package see the vignettes linked on the CRAN landing page. Repository on GitHub.
  • A new version (0.9.4) of rgbif is on CRAN. rgbif is an R interface to the Global Biodiversity Information Facility API. See release notes for changes. This version adds a new vignette, switches to using tibble for data.frame’s, ands includes some minor improvements and bug fixes. For an introduction to the package see the vignette. Repository on GitHub.
  • A new version (0.2.3) of osmplotr is on CRAN. osmplotr provides customisable images of OpenStreetMap (OSM) data and data visualisation using OSM objects. See the NEWS for changes. Repository on GitHub.
  • A new version (1.4.2) of hunspell is on CRAN. hunspell is a spell checker and morphological analyzer library designed for languages with rich morphology and complex word compounding or character encoding. See release notes for changes. Repository on GitHub.
  • A new version (0.2.0) of geojsonio is on CRAN. geojsonio does I/O for GeoJSON. This version brings a major performance improvement for geojsonio::geojson_json() by moving to reading in json with readr::read_file(). See release notes for changes. Repository on GitHub.



Onboarding

We accept community contributed packages via our onboarding system - a software review system, sorta like scholarly paper review, but way better. We’ll highlight new pacakages here that have come through this system. 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!

The following package recently made it through our onboarding process:



Use cases

Four recent papers cite and/or use rOpenSci software (or reference rOpenSci):






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Footnotes

  1. Weber, M. G., Porturas, L. D., & Taylor, S. A. (2016). Foliar nectar enhances plant–mite mutualisms: the effect of leaf sugar on the control of powdery mildew by domatia-inhabiting mites. Annals of Botany, mcw118. https://doi.org/10.1093/aob/mcw118 

  2. Madden, K., Evaniew, N., Scott, T., Domazetoska, E., Dosanjh, P., Li, C. S., … Sprague, S. (2016). Knowledge Dissemination of Intimate Partner Violence Intervention Studies Measured Using Alternative Metrics: Results From a Scoping Review. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260516657914 

  3. Michonneau, F., Brown, J. W., & Winter, D. J. (2016). rotl: an R package to interact with the Open Tree of Life data. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. https://doi.org/10.1111/2041-210x.12593 

  4. Wagner, V. (2016). A review of software tools for spell-checking taxon names in vegetation databases. Journal of Vegetation Science. https://doi.org/10.1111/jvs.12432