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Maëlle Salmon, an editor with our rOpenSci onboarding software review team, represented rOpenSci at a hackathon event in Ghent, Belgium recently. The event (hashtag #EAB2017) was a event centered around doing software things in R with an ecology focus. Find out more about the event at Maëlle gave a talk on tips for developing R packages, of which she’s made many. She wrote up a blog post on her talk: How to develop good #rstats packages (for open science)

Carl Boettiger and Scott Chamberlain participated in a codefest/hackathon last week centered around Phenoscape - a knowledebase of computable phenotypes for studies of evolution and genetics. Check out the repo at, the project ideas, and the teams. There’s a small but informative set of tweets on the event at the hashtag #phenohack. Carl and Scott worked on NeXML/JSON-LD interoperability with a great team including Mark Holder, Gaurav Vaidya, Matt Yoder, and Rutger Vos. There’s a in progress implementation for going between NeXML and JSON-LD at cboettig/nexld.

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Software Review ✔

We accept community contributed packages via our onboarding 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 package recently went through our onboarding process and has been approved!

The following two packages were recently submitted for review:

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.rprofile series

Our third post is out in our .rprofile series: .rprofile: Jenny Bryan by Kelly O’Briant. Jenny on Twitter ->

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David Ranzolin wrote about his package rpersues and his experience with rOpenSci software review in a blog post: Exploratory Data Analysis of Ancient Texts with rperseus. Check out the review and shout out to the reviewers Ildikó Czeller and François Michonneau.

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In the news

There was a nice tweet about our rfishbase package:

Najko Jahn, maintainer of the rOpenSci packages europepmc and roadoi presented a nice use case with europepmc in a vignette in said package

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