Use of some ropensci packages on GitHub


#1

Hi all, Was browsing a bit on GitHub, and thought I’d check for use of some of our packages on GitHub :

taxize

rgbif

rplos

rentrez

rebird

rnoaa

git2r

gender

gistr

rwbclimate

rfigshare

spocc

rfishbase

paleobioDB

elastic

solr

traits

rcrossref

rbison

ckanr

aRxiv

fulltext

geojsonlint

geojsonio

geonames

bold


#2

Hi Sckott,

I like the status page; I hadn’t noticed it before.
A couple questions, and a plug for a related tool:

  • Did you get these project listings in your message by searching for the name of each package on Github and copying down the interesting ones, or is it some automated search?
  • I realize I’m looking at this a month after you posted it, but as of today the status page shows zero r-studio downloads for anything. Do you think rOpenSci package users just get their packages elsewhere, or is something broken?

I have a similar search in place, but not in quite as succinct a format, at http://scisoft-net-map.isri.cmu.edu, where among other things we’re analyzing references to all R packages by all Github projects**. For example we show 48 packages using taxize, shown here: http://scisoft-net-map.isri.cmu.edu/application/taxize/gitprojects. There’s also analyses of what the package is most used with, when github projects were updated, and counts of publications that cite the package.

We’re really interested in making our own software mapping tool more useful***, so it would be awesome if anyone out there is willing to poke around on our site, see what it shows for package(s) they’re familiar with or curious about, and then comment on what we could do to make it more practically useful to you. (either here, via email, or best of all, though the survey link that appears in the sidebar after visiting a few pages on the site (a red label that says “what do you think?”) ).

Thanks!
Chris Bogart

** I look for references to an R package either with a .R file containing “import()”, “requires()”, or a well-formatted DESCRIPTION file that Imports or Depends on a package.

*** My research group is interested in how scientists know the impact of the software they create, qualitatively and quantitatively. So, beyond plugging our own tool, I’m interested in any discussion here about how you all know how your packages get used, and what you do with that information.


#3

Just used advanced search of the package name, removing a bunch of users like ropensci, cran, etc, and language:R, etc. to narrow down

Sorry about that, it’s sometimes not working. paging @karthik

Awesome! That’s a better solution than what I was doing (manual searching). I’ll definitely look around more on your site.


#4

Yeah, thanks for the reminder on the status page. Metacran is having issues
that I’ll resolve after I finish with a current project.