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rOpenSci News Digest, September 2023

Author The rOpenSci Team

Dear rOpenSci friends, it’s time for our monthly news roundup! You can read this post on our blog.Now let’s dive into the activity at and around rOpenSci!rOpenSci HQWIP: WebAssembly support in R-universe! Thanks to some help from George Stagg, we added experimental support for building WebAssembly binary packages. This makes it possible to install packages in webr, directly from the R-universe.

Attract Contributors with 'help wanted' Issues


Maintaining a package can be a lonesome activity, which sometimes poses a problem if you prefer team work or if you encounter a very thorny-for-you problem.Beside belonging to a supportive community of maintainers (like rOpenSci 😉), for collaborative help and commiseration you can try to build a community of contributors around your package!In this post, we’ll explore one tool helping you towards that goal: “help wanted” issues, with which your

Meeting the Stars of the R-Universe: The R-Universe Against Diseases.

Authors Yanina Bellini Saibene, Alejandra Bellini, Lucio Casalla, Steffi LaZerte

A new post of our interview series “Meeting the stars of the R-universe”. We aim to introduce the teams and people behind the development of software and packages many of us use and which are available through the R-Universe. We want to highlight and explore different teams and projects around the world, the work they do, their processes and users.

rOpenSci Champions Pilot Year: Training Wrap-Up

Authors Yanina Bellini Saibene, Camille Santistevan, Maya Sanghvi, Lou Woodley, Maëlle Salmon, Mauro Lepore, Heather Turner, Pao Corrales

Our first cohort of the rOpenSci Champions Program has now completed the first phase of their training.One of the goals of this program was to ensure that all participants gained new skills and understanding.We wanted to support Champions and Mentors, but also those who applied to the program but were not selected.Therefore we ensured that all groups had access to different training opportunities.

My Life with the R-universe


Summary Installing a package that has just been released to CRAN is painful for many users on Mac and Windows because often the difference between a ‘binary’ and a ‘source’ version is not immediately clear and they end up trying to install the source version, which leads to errors and heartbreak.When I was designing The Carpentries Workbench, I needed to make sure that people could reliably install R packages at any

New shortlinks to package information and documentation

Author Jeroen Ooms

Introducing shortlinks! On r-universe you can find package repositories from many different organizations and maintainers. But sometimes you just want to lookup a particular CRAN package, without knowing the developer.The new shortlink service lets you navigate or link directly to the r-universe homepage and docs of any established CRAN package.

Teaching targets with Penguins

Authors Athanasia Mo Mowinckel, Joel Nitta

Many researchers are becoming more aware of the importance of reproducibility.Although reproducibility involves a diverse array of topics and tools, one rOpenSci package has gained considerable attention for enabling reproducible analysis pipelines in R: targets, by Will Landau.Why a targets workshop? Despite its popularity, targets can be challenging to learn because it requires code to be organized in a way that is different f