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Just noticed the Queen is listed as an author in this (and probably other) R packages https://t.co/ehCb3uHjpx #rstats pic.twitter.com/KRKKQvlGX4 — David Smith (@revodavid) September 7, 2017 A number of people have been surprised to learn that Her Majesty the Queen is listed as an author on a number of our packages. For example, in the SpaDES package: Author: Alex M Chubaty [aut, cre], Eliot J B McIntire [aut], Yong Luo [ctb], Steve Cumming [ctb], Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, as represented by the Minister of Natural Resources Canada [cph] Note, however, that Her Majesty’s role not as a package author (aut) but as the copyright holder (cph).

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I wanted to play around with the new sf package, which requires the latest GDAL (>= 2.0.0), GEOS (>= 3.3.0), and PROJ.4 (>= 4.8.0). However, the version of GDAL installed via brew is 1.11.4, so I needed to update to the latest version and reinstall a few R packages in order to get sf to work on macOS. Update GDAL ## unlink the previous GDAL version brew unlink gdal ## update GDAL to the latest version (2.

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In preparing a presentation on developing R packages using RStudio for the Victoria R Users Meetup Group this month, organizer Kiri Whan and I put together a very simple demo R package. UPDATE 2015/02/09: I didn’t notice the conflict with the package name; thanks Scott Chamberlain for pointing it out. I’ve renamed the package to meow and updated the links below. From the README at https://github.com/achubaty/meow: meow: Get random pictures of cats.

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This is actually really easy to do, but most of the google hits I came across were old (from 2010) or horribly complex (building gdal and proj4 from source then building rgdal itself). First, this assumes you already have homebrew installed 1. If not, see http://brew.sh/ for the one-liner terminal install. Next, install gdal: brew install gdal Then open RStudio (for some reason it didn’t work using R in the terminal…) and install the package from source:

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Whenever I used to sit down in front of the computer to write anything other than an email, I would immediately open Microsoft Word and start clacking away on the keyboard. When I switched operating systems (away from Windows) I began using Open Office Writer and even now I still use Libre Office Writer for some of my writing needs. Each of these word processors offer similar sets of tools and can effectively be used for a wide range of writing tasks, from letters to essays, yet I feel most people use Word not because it’s always the best tool for the job, but because it’s ubiquitous and familiar.

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Always. Back up. Your data. Simple, yet for various reasons many people simply don’t. Backing up data and documents is critical in the event of random computer (or, more likely, user) failure. Losing your data sucks. I have seen too many frantic colleagues try to get at data on a failed hard drive: many had some (but not all) of their most important data backed up, but others were left with few options and resorted to spending hundreds of dollars on data recovery assistance.

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When I started grad school, I had no idea at the time just how much I’d learn doing a PhD. I’m not just talking about the “big picture” stuff: how to do research, design and conduct experiments, analyze data, and synthesize information. I mean all of the day-to-day skills associated with academic writing, data entry, and organization. Over the next few weeks, I’ll explain a bit about the workflows I use and the various pieces of software that make my life quite a bit easier.

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Wow, my other posts on the topic are getting a lot of hits! Some exciting info for anyone still struggling with getting abbreviated journal names working with Mendeley: this feature is coming soon! This is currently on our roadmap for Mendeley Desktop 1.10. Expected release date is the start of August. From the mockups and descriptions the good folks at Mendeley have provided it looks like they’re doing a great job of addressing this shortcoming of their current product.

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I just transferred my hosting away from GoDaddy (good riddance!) and am now self-hosting this site on a Raspberry Pi.

There may be some DNS and 404 hiccups for the next 48 hours or so while all the new settings “take”. Please update your bookmarks accordingly, and thank you for you patience.

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I upgraded to using Mendeley v 1.5 (because previous versions don’t work on Ubuntu 12.04 Precise) and I had problems installing the OpenOffice plugin. Normally this is easy: in Mendeley you select the Tools menu and go to Install OpenOffice Plugin. However, for whatever reason the software can’t find the plugin, and I get this error: Mendeley couldn't locate unopkg in the default location. It should be in the 'program' subdirectory of the path where OpenOffice is installed.

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