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rOpenSci Unconference 2018

We’ve announced our 2018 unconference in a recent blog post Apply to attend rOpenSci unconf 2018!. You’ll find all the details in the post.

rOpenSci Community Calls

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Software 📦

New packages

  • A new package codemetar (v0.1.4) is on CRAN. The Codemeta Project defines a JSON-LD format for describing software metadata, as detailed at codemetar provides utilities to generate, parse, and modify codemeta.json files automatically for R packages, as well as tools and examples for working with codemeta.json JSON-LD more generally. Check out the codemetar vignettes to get started. Repository on GitHub
  • A new package fingertipsR (v0.1.5) is on CRAN - this isn’t the first version of the package on CRAN, but is the first version on CRAN under rOpenSci. Fingertips ( contains data for many indicators of public health in England. The underlying data is now more easily accessible by making use of the API. Check out the fingertipsR vignettes to get started. Repository on GitHub


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 six packages recently went through our onboarding process and has been approved!

The following four packages were recently submitted for review:

On the blog

.rprofile series

Our fifth post is out in our .rprofile series: .rprofile: Julia Stewart Lowndes by Kelly O’Briant. Julia on Twitter ->

Keep an eye out for more posts in this series.

main blog

We have a nice blog post up from a recently onboarded package called drake: The prequel to the drake R package.

Use cases

If you’ve used rOpenSci software in a blog post or a paper, tell us on the discussion forum and we’ll share it with our community here.

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

In the news

Callum Taylor used rOpenSci’s RSelenium package and Rocker to extract information from the WHO Snake Antivenom database:

Emma Vestesson tweeted about using the rOpenSci osmdata package to generate a map to help decide where to eat:

Mara Averick tweeted about a blog post by Timothée Giraud that used the rOpenSci package osmdata to make maps exploring Paris:

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