What is the bdverse?
A collection of packages that form a general framework for facilitating biodiversity science in R.
To develop a sustainable and agile infrastructure that enhances the value of biodiversity data by allowing users to conveniently employ R, for data exploration, quality assessment, data cleaning, and standardization.
- To advance user level data exploration and cleaning of biodiversity data in R.
- To support users with- and without programming capabilities.
- To promote implementation of biodiversity standards, methodology and tools being developed by the Biodiversity Informatics community.
- To enrich both the biodiversity research community and the R users community.
*GSoC stands for Google Summer of Code
Building and maintaining the
bdverse is like building a ‘house of cards’, due to the massive dependencies between dozens of R packages. We bare this in mind going into any development task.
Our plans for the next few months, before officially launching the
- Our focal point for the near future is QA+CI+GUI. Our efforts will be focused on developing a robust quality assurance (QA) framework; implementing continuous integration (CI) across the
bdverse, and enhancing the GUI as much as possible.
- We will construct the
bdversepackage, that will install all
bdversefeatures using a single code line:
- We are working on submitting the released bdverse packages to rOpenSci software review as soon as the packages meet core requirements.
- We also hope to implement Shiny modules (trials will start soon).
- We will upgrade the
bdversewebsite, to better showcase the different
bdversefeatures to users, and to give it a more sleek look.
Our plans for the second development phase are:
- To identify key missing features, and address them using three GSoC projects.
- To establish one or two more GSoC project, that will be devoted to purely experimental challenges.