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rOpenSci Unconference is happening this week! From 25-26 May, we’re having our fourth annual rOpenSci Unconference in Los Angeles, CA. You can follow the event with the hashtag #runconf17.


New packages

  • A new package webmockr (v0.1.0) is on CRAN. webmockr is an R library for stubbing and setting expectations on HTTP requests. It integrates with crul right now, but will integrate with other HTTP libraries in the future (e.g., curl). In addition, this package will be used to make vcr possible - a package for mocking HTTP requests, mainly for use in test suites (also going to CRAN soon). Check out the webmockr README to get started. Repository on GitHub



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 packages 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!

If you want to be a reviewer we have a new form you can fill out, and we’ll ping you when there’s a submission that fits in your area of expertise.

The following package was recently submitted to our onboarding process:

On the blog

Onboarding series

We’re doing a series of guest blog posts for packages that have gone through our software review process at ropensci/onboarding.

The 8th post came out last week, by George Moroz on his package lingtypology - Easy linguistic mapping with lingtypology.

7th: Thomas Leeper on his package tabulizer - Release ‘open’ data from their PDF prisons using tabulizer.

6th: Tony Fischetti on his package assertr - Data validation with the assertr package.

5th: Adam Sparks on his package GSODR - Everybody talks about the weather.

4th: Lukas Lundstrom on his package camsRad - camsRad, satellite-based time series of solar irradiation.

3rd: Claudia Vitolo on her package hddtools - Discover hydrological data using the hddtools R package.

2nd: Maëlle Salmon on her package ropenaq - ropenaq, a breath of fresh air/R.

1st: Sean Hughes on his package plater - From a million nested ifelses to the plater package.

We’ll have more posts in this series coming out soon - keep an eye out.

Use Cases

The following seven papers use/cite rOpenSci or rOpenSci software:

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  1. O’Hara, C. C., Afflerbach, J. C., Scarborough, C., Kaschner, K., & Halpern, B. S. (2017). Aligning marine species range data to better serve science and conservation. PLOS ONE, 12(5), e0175739. 

  2. Vanderhoeven, S., Adriaens, T., Desmet, P., Strubbe, D., Backeljau, T., Barbier, Y., … Groom, Q. (2017). Tracking Invasive Alien Species (TrIAS): Building a data-driven framework to inform policy. Research Ideas and Outcomes, 3, e13414. 

  3. Katz, D. S., Niemeyer, K. E., Gesing, S., Hwang, L., Bangerth, W., Hettrick, S., … & Allen, A. (2017). Report on the Fourth Workshop on Sustainable Software for Science: Practice and Experiences (WSSSPE4). arXiv preprint arXiv:1705.02607. 

  4. Pereira, A. G., Sterli, J., Moreira, F. R. R., & Schrago, C. G. (2017). Multilocus phylogeny and statistical biogeography clarify the evolutionary history of major lineages of turtles. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 

  5. Bayser, M. de, & Cerqueira, R. (2017). Integrating MPI with Docker for HPC. 2017 IEEE International Conference on Cloud Engineering (IC2E). 

  6. Bearman, N. PopChange-An open source, reproducible research project. Chicago. 

  7. McCurry, M. R., Fitzgerald, E. M. G., Evans, A. R., Adams, J. W., & Mchenry, C. R. (2017). Skull shape reflects prey size niche in toothed whales. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society.