Help us build capacity of open software users and developers with Hacktoberfest

Stefanie Butland OCTOBER 2, 2017

One of rOpenSci’s aims is to build capacity of software users and developers and foster a sense of pride in their work. What better way to do that than to encourage you to participate in Hacktoberfest, a month-long celebration of open source software! It doesn’t take much to get involved Beginners to experts. Contributors and package maintainers welcome. You can get involved by applying the label Hacktoberfest to issues in your rOpenSci repo (or any project) that are ready for contributors to work on.

rrricanes to Access Tropical Cyclone Data

Tim Trice SEPTEMBER 27, 2017

What is rrricanes Why Write rrricanes? There is a tremendous amount of weather data available on the internet. Much of it is in raw format and not very easy to obtain. Hurricane data is no different. When one thinks of this data they may be inclined to think it is a bunch of map coordinates with some wind values and not much else. A deeper look will reveal structural and forecast data.

Accessing patent data with the patentsview package

Chris Baker SEPTEMBER 19, 2017

Why care about patents? 1. Patents play a critical role in incentivizing innovation, without which we wouldn’t have much of the technology we rely on everyday What does your iPhone, Google’s PageRank algorithm, and a butter substitute called Smart Balance all have in common? …They all probably wouldn’t be here if not for patents. A patent provides its owner with the ability to make money off of something that they invented, without having to worry about someone else copying their technology.

rOpenSci Software Review: Always Improving

Scott Chamberlain Maëlle Salmon Noam Ross Karthik Ram SEPTEMBER 11, 2017

The R package ecosystem now contains more than 10K packages, and several flagship packages belong under the rOpenSci suite. Some of these are: magick for image manipulation, plotly for interactive plots, and git2r for interacting with git. rOpenSci is a community of people making software to facilitate open and reproducible science/research. While the rOpenSci team continues to develop and maintain core infrastructure packages, an increasing number of packages in our suite are contributed by members of the extended R community.

Experiences as a first time rOpenSci package reviewer

Verena Haunschmid SEPTEMBER 8, 2017

It all started January 26th this year when I signed up to volunteer as a reviewer for R packages submitted to rOpenSci. My main motivation for wanting to volunteer was to learn something new and to contribute to the R open source community. If you are wondering why the people behind rOpenSci are doing this, you can read How rOpenSci uses Code Review to Promote Reproducible Science. Three months later I was contacted by Maelle Salmon asking whether I was interested in reviewing the R package patentsview for rOpenSci.

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