rOpenSci creates packages that allow access to data repositories through the R statistical programming environment, which is already a familiar part of the workflow of many scientists. We hope that our tools will not only facilitate drawing data into an environment where it can readily be manipulated, but also one in which those analyses and methods can be easily shared, replicated, and extended by other researchers. While all the pieces for connecting researchers with these data sources exist as disparate entities, our efforts will provide a unified framework that will be quickly connect researchers to open data. Find out more about rOpenSci at their website.
The Ecoinformatics Engine and rOpenSci are colloboration to build an suite of tools for users to extract the wealth of data from the Engine via R and interact with it on their own desktop.