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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.

Software 📦

New packages


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

The following package was recently submitted for review:

On the blog

main blog

The other week we announced our new cohort of four rOpenSci fellows: Introducing the 2018 rOpenSci Research Fellows!.

They are:

  • Sam Tyner
  • Zachary Foster
  • Kelly Hondula
  • Jon Zelner

rOpenSci has supported one fellow so far (see our most recent community call).

Our community manager Stefanie Butland wrote about rOpenSci Vancouver Community Meetup: Transforming science through open data and software. If you’ll be in Vancouver on March 12 join us.


We’ve had two posts by rOpenSci developers in the last few weeks.

The first Support for hOCR and Tesseract 4 in R by Jeroen Ooms discusses a new version of the rOpenSci package tesseract (R bindings to Google’s open source optical character recognition (OCR) engine Tesseract).

The second post webmockr: mock HTTP requests by Scott Chamberlains is an overview of the rOpenSci package webmockr, including lots of new features and fixes.

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 three works use/cite rOpenSci or rOpenSci software:

In the news

Suzan Baert used rOpenSci’s pdftools package to extract text from PDFs to make Galentine’s Day Cards in R:

In a blog post Katie Jolly used the rOpenSci package magick to manipulate images to create Valentine’s Day cards in R:

In a blog post Jesse Tweedle used the rOpenSci package ckanr to audit some open data:

Neil Gilbert was pretty happy to find out about one of our packages:

Our software engineer Maëlle Salmon wrote about on her blog how to use magick to combine your hex stickers:

In a post from almost exactly one year ago Manuela Gonzalez and Luis Verde wrote about cleaning taxonomic names using our package taxize.

Damiano Oldoni did a tutorial for a LifeWatch meeting on our package rgbif (among other things):

Keep up with rOpenSci


  1. Krotov, V., & Tennyson, M. (2018). Scraping Financial Data from the Web Using R Language. Journal of Emerging Technologies in Accounting. 

  2. Gogleva, A., Drost, H.-G., & Schornack, S. (2018). SecretSanta: flexible pipelines for functional secretome prediction. Bioinformatics. 

  3. Chen, L., Heikkinen, L., Wang, C., Yang, Y., Knott, K. E., & Wong, G. (2018). miRToolsGallery: a tag-based and rankable microRNA bioinformatics resources database portal. Database, 2018.