I most certainly should use a different system to save this link, but anyway, here is a recommendation (and reminder for myself) of a good video tutorial of how to develop packages for R using the command line, Eclipse & StatET and source code management:

Los Angeles useR meetup (Oct 25, 2011): R packages, development & productivity tools

Turn on HD to see the code better!

Many thanks to Szilard Pafka and Jeroen Ooms who provide this presentation.

I came across a very interesting white paper (to be published by the OGC in the current EarthCube development) by Ben Domenico today that does not use the term reproducible research, but pretty much talks about it in the realm of using the web for interactive scientific publications. It has some good arguments and many links to other resources – one of them the SOS, but also ERDDAP or Dryad, to name just two.

I think there are some great opportunities here to use sos4R in a web environment that I’d really like to explore, i.e. integration with RServe and/or WPS. More on that in the future!

Read the full paper: https://sites.google.com/site/datainteractivepublications/earthcube-whitepaper-on-data-interactive-publications

Abstract: Imagine a scientific environment in which authors create online publications that allow readers to access, analyze, and display the data and processes discussed in the publication.  Rudimentary examples of such documents can already be cobbled together using existing technological tools in conjunction with the appropriate interface standards. Working together, the science, technology and publishing communities can build on these foundations to develop sophisticated cyber- and organizational infrastructure that will revolutionize how scientists and science educators interact with one another and with the general public.   The idea is simple: the reader of a publication will have access not only to the datasets under discussion but also to the processes used by the author to carry out the analysis and display of those datasets. The reader will be able to repeat the experiment as it is published, or perform related experiments by using different datasets or different processes.

Today I gave my presentation at useR! 2011. I am not satisfied with how it went – I ran over the time by 2 minutes (which is a lot considering it was supposed to be 17 minutes) and forgot to make a main point, which is showing the XML that goes in and out of the packages! So if you’re interested, be sure to run lines 72 to 75 of the code below.

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I am currently at useR! 2011 at the University of Warwick. It is really exciting to meet so many users of R – especially to see the people you know by name from mailing list, books, and help documents of core classes like Anthony Unwin, Brian Ripley, Paul Murrel, Rainer M. Krug, Barry Rowlingson…

I won’t write about the sessions that I visit, but let me say the variety of topics is impressive.  440 participnts – around 340 from Europe, 60 from the US, and even people from Oceania and Africa  – of any imaginable field. This is my largest conference ever, squeezing knowledge and experiences into five parallel tracks of very specific topics.

I also looking forward to the new “ligthning talks”, 5 minutes in pecha kucha style about a certain topic. Tomorrow I will give my presentation about sos4R, naturally. I really look forward to getting feedback from heavy R users and non-SWE specialists in particular. There is an eager and interested audience in every session so far, so it is hard not to have high expectations :-). We’ll see, more on that soon.

A new issue of The R Journal was recently published. It contains interesting articles for geostatisticians, for example about the package rworldmap. But it also provides a very useful Help Desk section with the two articles Presenting Your Work and Giving a useR! Talk, which come just in time for me to re-think my presentation of sos4R that I will give at useR! 2011 in Warwick. The draft version of the conference booklet was also published (take a look at page 14!).

But my personal highlight of this R Journal is on page 99 of the complete issue:

sos4R in The R Journal - Screenshot

Today I presented a new publication title “Connecting R to the Sensor Web” at the AGILE conference 2011.

Nüst, D.; Stasch, C. & Pebesma, E. J. Connecting R to the Sensor Web in Geertman, S.; Reinhardt, W. & Toppen, F. (Eds.) Advancing Geoinformation Science for a Changing World, Springer Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography, 2011, 227 – 246

I look forward to any questions and comments about the paper! There is also a reproducible research page for this publication available here.

You can watch the presentation at Slideshare and download a PDF of the presentation including the talk notes: Connecting R to the Sensor Web - Presentation with Notes (1034).