taxize 0.9.99 2020-10-30

DEFUNCT

  • tnrs() and tnrs_sources() functions are defunct. The service has been unreliable for years now, and AFAICT is down for good. Associated changes have been made throughout the package, eg. resolve() no longer has an option for tnrs, etc. (#841) (#842)

MINOR IMPROVEMENTS

BUG FIXES

taxize 0.9.98 2020-09-18

MINOR IMPROVEMENTS

  • improve worms_downstream() docs: make it clear that users can use parameters passed down to worrms::wm_children() (#831)
  • improve get_pow_() docs: add section on rate limits, what are rate limits for KEW POW and a user facing resolution (#836)
  • add 8 new rank names (via NCBI) to the reference rank data.frame (rank_ref) in the package: biotype, forma specialis, isolate, pathogroup, series, serogroup, serotype, and strain - queries from downstream() and other functions that rely on relative rank information should not fail anymore when they contain these 8 rank names (#830)

BUG FIXES

  • new rank_ref_zoo reference data.frame specfically for zoological rank types - right now only used for WORMS. main difference is section/subsection in rank_ref_zoo are nested between the order and family, whereas in rank_ref (used for all other data sources) section/subsection are on the genus rank level (#833)
  • NCBI introduced a new rank “clade”, or at least are using it a lot more often - often used instead of “no rank”. This was causing some problems in class2tree(). Problem sorted out now (#835) (#838) (#839) (#840)

taxize 0.9.97 2020-06-09

NEW FEATURES

  • Many of the functions in taxize share similar types of inputs (e.g., scientific names, or common names), but many different parameter names are used to refer to the same thing. We’ve standardized parameter names to make user understanding easier as the user uses different functions. TLDR: sci will always only accept a scientific name; com accdepts only a common name; id accepts a taxonomic identifier; sci_com accepts or scientific or common name; sci_id accepts a scientific name or taxonomic identifier. In most cases we have retained the old parameter name and you can still use it but you get a warning with information. In a future package version the replaced parameters will be removed completely. See https://github.com/ropensci/taxize/issues/723 for tables covering the functions affected, their old and new parameter names (#723) (#829)

MINOR IMPROVEMENTS

  • upgraded APG datasets (apg_families and apg_order) to v14 (from July 2017) (#827)

BUG FIXES

  • fix to worrms_downstream(): three rank names were not accounted for in our internal set of ranks (suptertribe, subterclass, parvorder) (#824)
  • classification.gbifid was returning a duplicate last taxon, i.e., the last two rows in the output data.frame were the same. fixed. (#825)
  • fixed issue in lowest_common() due to problem in classification.uid() when a taxon UID was merged into another taxon (#828)

taxize 0.9.96 2020-05-19

NEW FEATURES

  • NatureServe has a new API version; the package natserv (https://docs.ropensci.org/natserv/) has a complete overhaul for the new API - taxize interfaces to NatureServe updated. Only user facing change should be that we’ve moved to using just the final numeric part of the NatureServe taxonomic identifiers as ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2. part is redundant for every identifier (#823)

MINOR IMPROVEMENTS

BUG FIXES

taxize 0.9.95 2020-04-27

NEW FEATURES

  • gains new functions: bold_children(), bold_downstream() and new S3 methods for boldid: children.boldid and downstream.boldid. Beware that these new methods are built on top of a function that scrapes BOLD’s website - their API doesn’t provide access to taxonomic children (only parents) - so we’ve taken the liberty of trying to liberate that data and make it easy to access (#817)

MINOR IMPROVEMENTS

  • fix to a failing tol_resolve() test - upstream package rotl had the bug; told maintainer about it and he’ll submit a new version soon; affected commented out for now (#814)

taxize 0.9.94 2020-04-01

NEW FEATURES

  • synonyms() gains a method for Plants of the World Online (synonyms.pow); and new associated helper function pow_synonyms() used within synonyms.pow (#812)

MINOR IMPROVEMENTS

  • change to iucn_summary() to allow get_iucn() failures and the function to still proceed - to make a better experience when passing in more than 1 name (#810)
  • fixed non-ASCII string in the species_plantarum_binomials dataset

BUG FIXES

  • classification() for data source GBIF wasn’t working when the queried taxon rank was below species (e.g., subspecies or variety); GBIF didn’t return the same fields for ranks below species, so we tack on that information with a bit of extra code (#809)
  • fix sorting of results in classification() with data source GBIF; at some point introduced bug in how results were sorted (#811)

taxize 0.9.93 2020-03-20

DEFUNCT

NEW FEATURES

MINOR IMPROVEMENTS

  • classification.uid() now does batch HTTP requests. NCBI Entrez web service allows requests with up to 50 identifiers; @zachary-foster did the work to make this method now use batch queries so its much faster (#678) (#798)
  • class2tree() improvement in taxonomy rank indexing (#805) work by @trvinh
  • fix to description of taxon_state_messages parameter in the taxize_options help file (#806)
  • taxize package datasets now loaded into a package environment (#792)

BUG FIXES

  • ncbi_children() now accepts numeric and character class ids (#800)
  • fix classification.gbifid(), was failing because GBIF changed the order of results (#802)
  • class2tree() fix: problem was due ultimately to a bug in classification.gbifid() (see line above) (#801)
  • tax_rank() fix - for db="ncbi" was not giving correct ranks for queried names - was due to a change in classification.uid (#804)
  • fix bug in get_eolid() when filtering by data source lead to no results (#808)
  • fix for ncbi_downstream (and thereby fix for downstream() with db="ncbi"): for some taxa a query to NCBI resulted in children as well the queried name itself, and the next query would give the same results, leading to an endless while loop - now we remove the taxon itself that was queried to prevent this (#807)

taxize 0.9.92 2020-02-12

DEFUNCT

COL introduced rate limiting recently in 2019 - which has made the API essentially unusable - CoL+ is coming soon and we’ll incorporate it here when it’s stable. see https://github.com/ropensci/colpluz for the in development R client (#796)

NEW FEATURES

MINOR IMPROVEMENTS

  • no longer running taxon state examples on check (#791)
  • vignettes have names now in the pkg docs site (#772)
  • update docs for new roxygen2 version that suppoprts R6 (#793)
  • gains dataset worrms_ranks to apply rank names in cases where WORMS fails to return rank names in their data
  • remove a get_tpsid() example that passes in names as factors; get_* functions no longer accept factors

BUG FIXES

  • fix to classification.tpsid(): change to an internal fxn changed its output; fix for that (#797)
  • fix get_boldid(): when filtering (e.g., w/ rank, division, parent) returned no match, get_boldid was failing on downstream parsing; return NA now
  • fix get_wormsid_(): was missing marine_only and fuzzy parameters
  • fix pow_search(): an if statement was leading to length > 1 booleans
  • fix synonyms(): an if statement in internal fxn process_syn_ids was leading to length > 1 booleans
  • fix classification.gbifid: select columns only if they exist instead of failing on plucking non-existtent columns

taxize 0.9.91 2019-11-15

NEW FEATURES

  • get_ids() gains a new parameter suppress (default:FALSE) to toggle pakage cli messages stating which database is being worked on (#719)

MINOR IMPROVEMENTS

  • the following datasets are now available when the package is not loaded, so functions that use these datasets can now be called with package namespace like taxize::downstream(): rank_ref, theplantlist, apg_families, apg_orders (#777) (#781)
  • add new documentation site url (https://docs.ropensci.org/taxize/) to DESCRITPION file (#774) (@jeroen)
  • fix links in README to issues label of new potential data sources (#782) (@katrinleinweber)
  • more or less all functions that take as input the output of get_* functions have S3 methods that dispatch on those get_* output classes. however, you can still pass in a db parameter, which is IGNORED when dispatching on the input class. the db parameter is used (not ignored) when passing in a taxon id as character/numeric/etc. now these functions (children, classification, comm2sci, sci2comm, downstream, id2name, synonyms, upstream) warn when the user passes a db value which will be ignored (#780)
  • The NCBI Entrez API often throws errors for users of this and other packages related to HTTP version used by the client; we now hard code the http version to HTTP/1.1 via the curl option http_version=2L across all Entrez requests (#783)

BUG FIXES

  • fixes to col_search(): COL now does rate limiting (if you make too many requests within a time period they will stop allowing requests from your IP address/your computer); documented rate limiting, what I know at least; changed checklist parameter behavior: years 2014 and back dont provide JSON, so we return xml_document objects now for those years that the user can parse themselves (#786)
  • tax_rank somehow (my bad) had two .default methods. previous behavior is the same as current behavior (this version) (#784)
  • fix ncbi_children(): fixed regex that was supposed to flag ambiguous taxa only, it was supposed to flag sp. and spp., but was including subsp., which we didn’t want included (#777) (#781)
  • another fix to ncbi_children(): when ID is passed rather than a name, we need to then set id=NULL after switching to the equivalent taxononmic name internally to avoid getting duplicate data back (#777) (#781)

taxize 0.9.9 2019-10-17

NEW FEATURES

  • update all EUBON functions to use their new API version; eubon_search() gains new params limit and page; other eubon functions have no pagination (#766)
  • change base url in ipni_search() from http to https, via (#773)

MINOR IMPROVEMENTS

  • change synonyms() to always return NA for name not found, and always return a zero row data.frame when name found BUT no synonyms found; updated docs to indicate better what’s returned (#763) (#765)
  • COL sometimes returns control characters in the XML payload; these can’t be parsed by the xml2 package, so we have to remove them using regex; we throw a message when we’re doing this so the user knows (#768)
  • docs typos fixes (#770)
  • update classification() docs with a new EOL section discussing that EOL does not have good failure behavior, and what to expect from them (#775)
  • the following datasets are now available when the package is not loaded, so functions that use these datasets can now be called with package namespace like taxize::downstream(): rank_ref, theplantlist, apg_families, apg_orders (#777)
  • sci2comm() and comm2sci() improvements: for db="ncbi" we no longer stop with error when when there’s no results for a query; instead we return character(0). In addition, now all data source options for both functions now return character(0) when there’s no results for a query (#778)
  • id2name.uid() now actually passes on ... internally for curl options

BUG FIXES

  • fix get_nbnid(): was returning non-taxon entities, have ot add idxtype:TAXON to the fq query (#761)
  • fixes for as.eolid() and as.colid() - don’t run through helper function that was raising error on HTTP 404/etc., dont want to fail (#762)
  • fix to class2tree(): set root node name to NA if it does not exist, ITIS does not set a root node (#767) (#769) work by @gpli
  • fix to ipni_search(): IPNI changed parameter names, fixes for that; and now returning tibble’s instead of data.frame’s (#773) thanks @joelnitta !
  • fix ncbi_children(): fixed regex that was supposed to flag ambiguous taxa only, it was supposed to flag sp. and spp., but was including subsp., which we didn’t want included (#777)
  • another fix to ncbi_children(): when ID is passed rather than a name, we need to then set id=NULL after switching to the equivalent taxononmic name internally to avoid getting duplicate data back (#777)

taxize 0.9.8 2019-06-28

NEW FEATURES

  • all get_* functions gain some new features (associated new fxns are taxon_last and taxon_clear): a) nicer messages printed to the console when iterating through taxa, and a summary at the end of what was done; and b) state is now saved when running get_* functions. That is, in an object external to the get_* function call we keep track of what happened, so that if an error is encountered, you can easily restart where you left off; this is especially useful when dealing with a large number of inputs to a get_* function. To utilize, pass the output of taxon_last() to a get_* function call. Associated with these changes are new package imports: R6, crayon and cli (#736) (#757)
  • gains a new function taxize_options() to set options when using taxize. the first reason for the function is to set two options for the above item for get_* functions: taxon_state_messages to allow taxon state tracking messages in get_* functions or not, and quiet=TRUE quiets output from the taxize_options() function itself

MINOR IMPROVEMENTS

BUG FIXES

  • fix to http request processing for COL - sometimes errors, and gives a message in the response body, but DOES NOT give the appropriate error HTTP status code - need to always do a check for COL responses (#755) (#756) thanks @dougwyu
  • fix to gbif_downstream() - GBIF in some cases returns a rank of “unranked”, which we hadn’t accounted for in internal rank processing code (#758) thanks @ocstringham

taxize 0.9.7 2019-05-09

MINOR IMPROVEMENTS

taxize 0.9.6 2019-02-24

NEW FEATURES

  • gains new functions for Kew’s Plants of the World: get_pow(), get_pow_(), as.pow(), classification.pow(), pow_search(), and pow_lookup() (#598) (#739)
  • we now pass a user agent string in all HTTP requests to the various data sources so they know its coming from taxize. the string will look something like r-curl/3.3 crul/0.7.0 rOpenSci(taxize/0.9.6), including the versions of the curl R pkg, the crul package, and the taxize package (#662)
  • change to get_colid functionality: we weren’t paginating for the user when there were more than 50 results for a query; we now paginate for the user using async HTTP requests; this means that some requests will take longer than they did before if they have more than 50 results; this is a good change given that you get all the results for your query now (#743)
  • change across most get_* functions: in some of the get_* functions we tried for a direct match (e.g., "Poa" == "Poa") and if one was found, then we were done and returned that record. however, we didn’t deploy the same logic across all get_* functions. Now all get_* functions check for a direct match. Of course if there is a direct match with more than 1 result, you still get the prompt asking you which name you want. (#631) (#734)

MINOR IMPROVEMENTS

  • Make separate taxize-authentication manual file covering authentication information across the package (#681)
  • new case study vignette added (#544) (#721) thanks @fozy81
  • add note to gnr_resolve() docs about age of datasets used in the Global Names Resolver, and how to access age of datasets (#737)
  • get_eolid() fixes: gains new attribute pageid; uri’s given are updated to EOL’s new URL format; rank and datasource parameters were not documented, now are; we no longer use short names for data sources within EOL, but instead use their full names (#702) (#742)
  • col_search() now returns attributes on the output data.frame’s with number of results found and returned, and other metadata about the search
  • gnr_datasources() loses the todf parameter; now always returns a data.frame and the data.frame has all the columns, whereas the default call returned a limited set of columns in previous versions

BUG FIXES

  • fix bug in get_wormsid(), was failing when there was a direct match found with more than 1 result (#740)
  • fix across all get_* functions: linting of the input to the rows parmeter was failing with a vector of values in some cases (#741)
  • fix to iucn_summary(); we weren’t passing on the API key internally correctly (#735) thanks @PrincessPi314 for the report

taxize 0.9.5 2019-01-30

DEFUNCT

NEW FEATURES

  • col_downstream() gains parameter extant_only (logical) to optionally keep extant taxa only (#714) thanks @ArielGreiner for the inquiry
  • downstream() gains another db options: Worms. You can now set db="worms" to use Worms to get taxa downstream from a target taxon. In addition, taxize gains new function worms_downstream(), which is used under the hood in downstream(..., db="worms") (#713) (#715)
  • gains new function id2name() with db options for tol, itis, ncbi, worms, gbif, col, and bold. the function converts taxonomid IDs to names. It’s sort of the inverse of the get_*() family of functions. (#712) (#716)
  • tax_rank() gains new parameter rows so that one can pass rows down to get_*() functions

MINOR IMPROVEMENTS

  • synonyms() warning from an internal cbind() call now fixed (#704) (#705) thanks @vijaybarve
  • namespace taxize function calls thrown when notifying users about API keys (e.g., taxize::use_tropicos()) to make it very clear where the functions live (to avoid confusion with usethis) (#724) (#725) thanks @maelle
  • changed iucn_summary() to output the same structure when no match is found as when a match is found so that when output is passed to iucn_status() behavior is the same (#708) thanks @Rekyt
  • skip tax_name() tests on CRAN (#728)
  • httr replaced by crul throughout (#590)
  • most unit tests that make HTTP requests now cached with vcr, making tests much faster and not prone to errors to remote services being down (#729)
  • EOL: The EOL API underwent major changes, and we’ve attempted to get things in working order. eol_dataobjects() gains new parameter language. eol_pages() loses iucn, images, videos, sounds, maps, and text parameters, and gains images_per_page, videos_per_page, sounds_per_page, maps_per_page, texts_per_page, and texts_page. Please do let us know if you find any problems with any EOL functions (#717) (#718)
  • As part of EOL changes, the default db value for comm2sci() and sci2comm() is now ncbi instead of eol
  • EUBON base URL now https instead of http
  • A number of get_*() functions changed parameter verbose to messages to not conflict with verbose passed down to crul::HttpClient
  • ping functions: ncbi_ping() reworked to allow use of your api key as a parameter or pulled from your environemnt; eol_ping() using https instead of http, and parsing JSON instead of XML.

BUG FIXES

  • get_eolid() was erroring when no results found for a query due to not assigning an internal variable (#701) (#709) thanks for the fix @taddallas
  • get_tolid() was erroring when values were NULL - now replacing all NULLL with NA_character_ to make data.table::rbindlist() happy (#710) (#711) thanks @gpli for the fix
  • add additional rows to the rank_ref data.frame of taxonomic ranks: species subgroup, forma, varietas, clade, megacohort, supercohort, cohort, subcohort, infracohort. when there’s no matched rank errors can result in many of the downstream functions. The data.frame now has 43 rows. (#720) (#727)
  • fix to downstream() and ncbi_get_taxon_summary(): change in ncbi_get_taxon_summary to break up queries into smaller chunks to avoid HTTP 414 errors (“URI too long”) (#727) (#730) thanks for reporting @fischhoff and @benjaminschwetz
  • a number of fixes internally (not user facing) to comply with upcoming R-devel changes for checking length greater than 1 in logical statements (#731)

taxize 0.9.4 2018-07-24

NEW FEATURES

MINOR IMPROVEMENTS

  • remove commented out code

BUG FIXES

taxize 0.9.3 2018-03-20

MINOR IMPROVEMENTS

  • package gains three new authors: Bastian Greshake Tzovaras, Philippe Marchand, and Vinh Tran
  • Don’t enforce rate limiting via Sys.sleep for NCBI requests if the user has an API key (#667)
  • Fix to all functions that do NCBI requests to work whether or not a user has an NCBI API key (#668)
  • Increased documentation on authentication, see ?taxize-authentication
  • Further conversion of verbose to messages across the package so that supressing calls to message() do not conflict with curl options passed in
  • Converted genbank2uid() and ncbi_get_taxon_summary() to use crul instead of httr for HTTP requests

BUG FIXES

taxize 0.9.2 2018-03-01

NEW FEATURES

  • class2tree() gets a major overhaul thanks to @gedankenstuecke and @trvinh (!!). The function now takes unnamed ranks into account when clustering, which fixes problem where trees were unresolved for many splits as the named taxonomy levels were shared between them. Now it makes full use of the NCBI Taxonomy string, including the unnamed ranks, leading to higher resolution trees that have less multifurcations (#611) (#634)
  • Added support throughout package for use of NCBI Entrez API keys - NCBI now strongly encourages their use and you get a higher rate limit when you use one. See ?taxize-authentication for help. Importantly, note that API key names (both R options and environment variables) have changed. They are now the same for R options and env vars: TROPICOS_KEY, EOL_KEY, PLANTMINER_KEY, ENTREZ_KEY. You no longer need an API key for Plantminer. (#640) (#646)
  • New author Zebulun Arendsee (@arendsee)
  • New package dependencies: crul and zoo

MINOR IMPROVEMENTS

  • In downstream() we now pass on limit and start parameters to gbif_downstream(); we weren’t doing that before; the two parameters control pagination (#638)
  • genbank2uid() now returns the correct ID when there are multiple possibilities and invalid IDs no longer make whole batches fail (#642) thanks @zachary-foster
  • children() outputs made more consistent for certain cases when no results found for searches (#648) (#649) thanks @arendsee
  • Improve downstream() by passing ... (additional parameters) down to ncbi_children() used internally. allows e.g., use of ambiguous parameter in ncbi_children() allows you to remove ambiguousl named nodes (#653) (#654) thanks @arendsee
  • swapped out use of httr for crul in EOL and Tropics functions - note that this won’t affect you unless you’re passing curl options. see package crul for help on curl options. Along with this change, the parameter verbose has changed to messages (for toggling printing of information messages)

DOCUMENTATION

  • Added additional text to the CONTRIBUTING.md file for how to contribute to the test suite (#635)

BUG FIXES

  • genbank2uid now returns the correct ID when there are multiple possibilities and invalid IDs no longer make whole batches fail.
  • Fix to downstream(): passing numeric taxon ids to the function while using db="ncbi" wasn’t working (#641) thanks @arendsee
  • Fix to children(): passing numeric taxon ids to the function while using db="worms" wasn’t working (#650) (#651) thanks @arendsee
  • synonyms_df() - that attemps to combine many outputs from the synonyms() function - now removes NA/NULL/empy outputs before attempting the combination (#636)
  • Fix to gnr_resolve(): before if preferred_data_sources was used, you would get the preferred data but only a few columns of the response. We now return all fields; however, we only return the preferred data part when that parameter is used (#656)
  • Fixes to children(). It was returning unexpected results for amgiguous taxonomic names (e.g., there’s some insects that are returned when searching within Bacteria). It was also failing when one tried to get the children of a root taxon (e.g., the children of the NCBI id 131567). (#639) (#647) fixed via PR (#659) thanks @arendsee and @zachary-foster

taxize 0.9.0 2017-09-27

Changes to get_*() functions

  • Added separate documentation file for all get* functions describing attributes and various exception behaviors
  • Some get*() functions had NaN as default rows parameter value. Those all changed to NA
  • Better failure behavior now when non-acceptable rows parameter value given
  • Added in all type checks for parameters across get_*() functions
  • Changed behavior across all get_*() functions to behave the same when ask = FALSE, rows = 1 and ask = TRUE, rows = 1 as these should result in the same outcome. (#627) thanks @zachary-foster !
  • Fixed direct match behavior so that when there’s multiple results from the data provider, but no direct match, that the functions don’t give back just NA with no inication that there were multiple matches.
  • Please let me know if any of these changes cause problems for your code or package.

NEW FEATURES

MINOR IMPROVEMENTS

  • Add required key parameter to fxn iucn_id() (#633)
  • imrove docs for sci2comm(): to indicate how to get non-simplified output (which includes what language the common name is from) vs.  getting simplified output (#623) thanks @glaroc !
  • Fix to sci2comm() to not be case sensitive when looking for matches (#625) thanks @glaroc !
  • Two additional columns now returned with eol_search(): link and content
  • Improve docs in eol_search() to describe returned data.frame
  • Fix bold_bing() to use new base URL for their API
  • Improved description of the dataset rank_ref, see ?rank_ref

BUG FIXES

taxize 0.8.9 2017-07-11

BUG FIXES

taxize 0.8.8 2017-07-01

NEW FEATURES

  • New function ncbi_downstream() and now NCBI is an option in the function downstream() (#583) thanks for the push @andzandz11
  • New data source: Wiki*, which includes Wikipedia, Wikispecies, and Wikidata - you can choose which you’d like to search. Uses new package wikitaxa, with contributions from @ezwelty (#317)
  • scrapenames() gains a parameter return_content, a boolean, to optionally return the OCR content as a text string with the results. (#614) thanks @fgabriel1891
  • New function get_iucn() - to get IUCN Red List ids for taxa. In addition, new S3 methods synonyms.iucn and sci2comm.iucn - no other methods could be made to work with IUCN Red List ids as they do no share their taxonomic classification data (#578) thanks @diogoprov

MINOR IMPROVEMENTS

  • bold now an option in classification() function (#588)
  • fix to NBN to use new base URL (#582) ($597)
  • genbank2uid() can give back more than 1 taxon matched to a given Genbank accession number. Now the function can return more than one match for each query, e.g., try genbank2uid(id = "AM420293") (#602) thanks @sariya
  • had to modify cbind() usage to incclude ... for method consistency (#612)
  • tax_rank() used to be able to do only ncbi and itis. Can now do a lot more data sources: ncbi, itis, eol, col, tropicos, gbif, nbn, worms, natserv, bold (#587)
  • Added to classification() docs in a section Lots of results a note about how to deal with results when there are A LOT of them. (#596) thanks @ahhurlbert for raising the issue
  • tnrs() now returns the resulting data.frame in the oder of the names passed in by the user (#613) thanks @wpetry
  • Changes to gnr_resolve() to now strip out taxonomic names submitted by user that are NA, or zero length strings, or are not of class character (#606)
  • Added description of the columns of the data.frame output in gnr_resolve() (#610) thanks @kamapu
  • Added noted in tnrs() docs that the service doesn’t provide any information about homonyms. (#610) thanks @kamapu
  • Added parvorder to the taxize rank_ref dataset - used by NCBI - if tax returned with that rank, some functions in taxize were failing due to that rank missing in our reference dataset rank_ref (#615)

BUG FIXES

  • Fix to get_colid() via problem in parsing within col_search() (#585)
  • Fix to gbif_downstream (and thus fix in downstream()): there was two rows with form in our rank_ref reference dataset of rank names, causing > 1 result in some cases, then causing vapply to fail as it’s expecting length 1 result (#599) thanks @andzandz11
  • Fix genbank2uid(): was failing when getting more than 1 result back, works now (#603) and fails better now, giving back warnings/error messages that are more informative (see also #602) thanks @sariya
  • Fix to synonyms.tsn(): in some cases a TSN has > 1 accepted name. We get accepted names first from the TSN, then look for synonyms, and hadn’t accounted for > 1 accepted name. Fixed now (#607) thanks @tdjames
  • Fixed bug in sci2comm() - was not dealing internally with passing the simplify parameter (#616)

taxize 0.8.4 2017-01-19

NEW FEATURES

BUG FIXES

  • EOL API keys were not passed on to internal functions. fixed now. thanks @dschlaep ! (#576)
  • Fix in rankagg() with respect to vegan package to work with older and new version of vegan - thank @jarioksa (#580) (#581)

taxize 0.8.0 2016-12-16

NEW FEATURES

  • New data source added: Open Tree of Life. New functions for the data source added: get_tolid(), get_tolid_(), and as.tolid() (#517)
  • related to above classification() gains new method for TOL data
  • related to above lowest_common() gains new method for TOL data
  • Now using ritis package, an external dependency for ITIS taxonomy data. Note that a large number of ITIS functions were removed, and are now available via the package ritis. However, there are still many high level functions for working with ITIS data (see functions prefixed with itis_), and get_tsn(), classification.tsn(), and similar high level functions remain unchanged. (#525)
  • EUBON has a new API (v1.2). We now interact with that new API version. In addition, eubon() fxn is now eubon_search(), although either still work - though eubon() will be made defunct in the next version of this package. Additional new functions were added: eubon_capabilities(), eubon_children(), and eubon_hierarchy() (#567)
  • lowest_common() function gains two new data source options: COL (Catalogue of Life) and TOL (Tree of Life) (#505)
  • Addded new function synonyms_df() as a slim wrapper around data.table::rbindlist() to make it easy to combine many outputs from synonyms() for a single data source - there is a lot of heterogeneity among data sources in how they report synonyms data, so we don’t attempt to combine data across sources (#533)

MINOR IMPROVEMENTS

  • Change NCBI URLs to https from http (#571)

BUG FIXES

  • Fixed bug in tax_name() in which when an invalid taxon was searched for then classification() returned no data and caused an error. Fixed now. (#560) thanks @ljvillanueva for reporting it!
  • Fixed bug in gnr_resolve() in which order of input names to the function was not retained. fixed now. (#561) thanks @bomeara for reporting it!
  • Fixed bug in gbif_parse() - data format changed coming back from GBIF - needed to replace NULL with NA (#568) thanks @ChrKoenig for reporting it!

taxize 0.7.9 2016-07-24

NEW FEATURES

  • New vignette: “Strategies for programmatic name cleaning” (#549)

MINOR IMPROVEMENTS

  • get_*() functions now have new attributes to further help the user: multiple_matches (logical) indicating whether there were multiple matches or not, and pattern_match (logical) indicating whether a pattern match was made, or not. (#550) from (#547) discussion, thanks @ahhurlbert ! see also (#551)
  • Change all xml2::xml_find_one() to xml2::xml_find_first() for new xml2 version (#546)
  • gnr_resolve() now retains user supplied taxa that had no matches - this could affect your code, make sure to check your existing code (#558)
  • gnr_resolve() - stop sorting output data.frame, so order of rows in output data.frame now same as user input vector/list (#559)

BUG FIXES

  • Fixed internal fxn sub_rows() inside of most get_*() functions to not fail when the data.frame rows were less than that requested by the user in rows parameter (#556)
  • Fixed get_gbifid(), as sometimes calls failed because we now return numberic IDs but used to return character IDs (#555)
  • Fix to all get_() functions to call the internal sub_rows() function later in the function flow so as not to interfere with taxonomic based filtering (e.g., user filtering by a taxonomic rank) (#555)
  • Fix to gnr_resolve(), to not fail on parsing when no data returned when a preferred data source specified (#557)

taxize 0.7.8 2016-06-17

MINOR IMPROVEMENTS

BUG FIXES

taxize 0.7.6 2016-05-11

MINOR IMPROVEMENTS

  • Changed defunct messages in eol_invasive() and gisd_invasive() to point to new location in the originr package. Also, cleaned out code in those functions as not avail. anymore (#494)
  • Access to IUCN taxonomy information is now provided through the newish rredlist package. (Two issues dealing with IUCN problems (#475) (#492))

BUG FIXES

  • Fix to get_gbifid() to use new internal code to provide two ways to search GBIF taxonomy API, either via /species/match or via /species/search, instead of /species/suggest, which we used previously. The suggest route was too coarse. get_gbifid() also gains a parameter method to toggle whether you search for names using /species/match or /species/search. (#528)
  • Fix for col_search() to handle when COL can return a value of missapplied name, which a switch() statement didn’t handle yet (#511) thanks @JoStaerk !
  • Fixes for get_colid() and col_search() (#523) thanks @zachary-foster !

taxize 0.7.5 2016-04-07

BUG FIXES

  • Fixed bug in the package dependency bold, which fixes taxize::bold_search(), so no actual changes in taxize for this, but take note (#521)
  • Fixed problem in gnr_resolve() where we indexed to data incorrectly. And added tests to account for this problem. Thanks @raredd ! (#519) (#520)
  • Fixed bug in iucn_summary() introduced in last version. iucn_summary() now uses the package rredlist, which requires an API key, and I didn’t document how to use the key. Function now allows user to pass the key in as a parameter, and documents how to get a key and save it in either .Renviron or in .Rprofile (#522)

taxize 0.7.4 2016-03-09

NEW FEATURES

  • New function lowest_common() for obtaining the lowest common taxon and rank for a given taxon name or ID. Methods so far for ITIS, NCBI, and GBIF (#505)
  • New contributor James O’Donnell (@jimmyodonnell) (via #505)
  • Now importing rredlist rredlist
  • New function iucn_summary_id() - same as iucn_summary(), except takes IUCN IDs as input instead of taxonomic names (#493)
  • All taxonomic rank columns in data.frame’s now given back as lower case. This provides consistency, which is important, and many functions use ranks to determine what to do next, so using a consistent case is good.

MINOR IMPROVEMENTS

  • iucn_summary() fixes, long story short: a number of bug fixes, and uses the new IUCN API via the newish package rredlist when IDs are given as input, but uses the old IUCN API when taxonomic names given. Also: gains new parameter distr_details (#174) (#472) (#487) (#488)
  • Replaced XML with xml2 for XML parsing (#499)
  • Fixes to internal use of httr::content to explicitly state encoding="UTF-8" (#498)
  • gnr_resolve() now outputs a column (user_supplied_name) for the exact input taxon name - facilitates merging data back to original data inputs (#486) thanks @Alectoria
  • eol_dataobjects() gains new parameter taxonomy to toggle whether to return any taxonomy details from different data providers (#497)
  • Catalogue of Life URLs changed - updated all appropriate COL functions to use the new URLs (#501)
  • classification() was giving back rank values in mixed case from different data providers (e.g., class vs. Class). All rank values are now all lowercase (#504)
  • Changed number of results returned from internal GBIF search in get_gbfid to 50 from 20. Gives back more results, so more likely to get the thing searched for (#513)
  • Fix to gni_search() to make all output columns character class
  • iucn_id(), tpl_families(), and tpl_get() all gain a new parameter ... to pass on curl options to httr::GET()

BUG FIXES

  • Fixes to get_eolid(): URI returned now always has the pageid, and goes to the right place; API key if passed in now actually used, woopsy (#484)
  • Fixes to get_uid(): when a taxon not found, the “match” attribute was saying found sometimes anyway - that is now fixed; additionally, fixed docs to correctly state that we give back 'NA due to ask=FALSE' when ask = FALSE (#489) Additionally, made this doc fix in other get_*() function docs
  • Fix to apgOrders() function (#490)
  • Fixes to tp_search() which fixes get_tpsid(): Tropicos doesn’t allow periods (.) in query strings, so those are URL encoded now; Tropicos doesn’t like sub-specific rank names in name query strings, so we warn when those are found, but don’t alter user inputs; and improved docs to be more clear about how the function fails (#491) thanks @scelmendorf !
  • Fix to classification(db = "itis") to fail better when no taxa found (#495) thanks @ashenkin !
  • eol_pages() fixes: the EOL API route for this method gained a new parameter taxonomy, this function gains that parameter. That change caused this fxn to fail. Now fixed. Also, parameter subject changed to subjects (#500)
  • Fix to col_search() due to when misapplied name come back as a data slot. There was previously no parser for that type. Now there is, and it works (#512)

taxize 0.7.0 2015-11-30

NEW FEATURES

  • Now requires R >= 3.2.1. Good idea to update your R installation anyway (#476)
  • New function ion() for obtaining data from Index of Organism Names (#345)
  • New function eubon() for obtaining data from EU (European Union) BON taxonomy (#466) Note that you may onloy get partial results for some requests as paging isn’t implemented yet in the EU BON API (#481)
  • New suite of functions, with prefix fg_*() for obtaining data from Index Fungorum. More work has to be done yet on this data source, but these initial functions allow some Index Fungorum data access (#471)
  • New function gbif_downstream() for obtaining downstream names from GBIF’s backbone taxonomy. Also available in downstream(), where you can request downstream names from GBIF, along with other data sources (#414)

MINOR IMPROVEMENTS

  • Note added in docs for all db parameters to warn users that if they provide the wrong db value for the given taxon ID, they can get data back, but it would be wrong. That is, all taxonomic data sources available in taxize use their own unique IDs, so a single ID value can be in multiple data sources, even though the ID refers to different taxa in each data source. There is no way we can think of to prevent this from happening, so be cautious. (#465)
  • A note added to all IUCN functions to warn users that sometimes incorrect data is returned. This is beyond our control, as sometimes IUCN itself gives back incorrect data, and sometimes EOL/Global Names (which we use in some of the IUCN functions) give back incorrect data. (#468) (#473) (#174) (472) (#475)

BUG FIXES

  • Fix to gnr_resolve() to by default capitalize first name of a name string passed to the function. GNR is case sensitive, so case matters (#469)

DEFUNCT

taxize 0.6.6 2015-10-01

MINOR IMPROVEMENTS

  • stripauthority argument in gnr_resolve() has been renamed to canonical to better match what it actually does (#451)
  • gnr_resolve() now returns a single data.frame in output, or NULL when no data found. The input taxa that have no match at all are returned in an attribute with name not_known (#448)
  • updated some functions to work with to R >3.2.x
  • In vascan_search() changed callopts parameter to ... to pass in curl options to the request.
  • In ipni_search() changed callopts parameter to ... to pass in curl options to the request. In addition, better http error handling, and added a test suite for this function. (#458)
  • stringsAsFactors=FALSE now used for gibf_parse() (https://github.com/ropensci/taxize/commit/c0c4175d3a0b24d403f18c057258b67d3fbf17f0)
  • Made nearly all column headers and list names lowercase to simplify indexing to elements, as well as combining outputs. (#462)
  • Plantminer API updated to use a new API. Option to search ThePlantList or the Brazilian Flora Checklist (#464)
  • Added more details to the documentation for get_uid() to make more clear how to use the varoious parameters to get the desired result, and how to avoid certain pitfalls (#436)
  • Removed the parameter asdf from the function eol_dataobjects() - now returning data.frame’s only.
  • Added some error catching to get_eolid() via tryCatch() to fail better when names not found.
  • Dropped openssl as a package dependency. Not needed anymore because uBio dropped.

BUG FIXES

  • gnr_resolve() failed when no canonical form was found.
  • Fixed gnr_resolve() when no results found when best_match_only=TRUE (#432)
  • Fixed bug in internal function itisdf() to give back an empty data.frame when no results found, often with subspecific taxa. Helps solve errors reported in use of downstream(), itis_downstream(), and gethierarchydownfromtsn() (#459)

NEW FEATURES

  • gnr_resolve() gains new parameter with_canonical_ranks (logical) to choose whether infraspecific ranks are returned or not.
  • New function iucn_id() to get the IUCN ID for a taxon from it’s name. (#431)

DEFUNCT

taxize 0.6.2 2015-08-07

MINOR IMPROVEMENTS

  • rankagg() doesn’t depend on data.table anymore (fixes issue with CRAN checks)
  • Replaced RCurl::base64Decode() with openssl::base64_decode(), needed for ubio_*() functions (#447)
  • Importing only functions (via importFrom) used across all imports now (#446). In addition, importFrom for all non-base R pkgs, including graphics, methods, stats and utils packages (#441)
  • Fixes to prevent problems with httr v1, where you can’t pass a zero length list to the query parameter in GET(), but can pass NULL (#445)
  • Fixes to all of the gni_*() functions, including code tidying, some DRYing out, and ability to pass in curl options (#444)

BUG FIXES

  • Fixed typo in taxize_cite()
  • Fixed a bug in classification() where numeric IDs as input got converted to itis ids just because they were numeric. Fixed now. (#434)
  • Catalogue of Life (COL) changed from using short numeric codes for taxa to long alphanumeric UUID type ids. This required fixing functions using COL web services (#435)

taxize 0.6.0 2015-06-13

NEW FEATURES

  • Added a method for Catalogue of Life for the synonyms function to get name synonyms. (#430)
  • Added datasets apgFamilies and apgOrders. (#418)
  • col_search() gains parameters response to get a terse or full response, and ... to pass in curl options.
  • eol_dataobjects() gains parameter ... to pass in curl options, and parameter returntype renamed to asdf (for “as data.frame”).
  • ncb_get_taxon_summary() gains parameter ... to pass in curl options.
  • The children() function gains the rows parameter passed on to get_*() functions, supported for data sources ITIS and Catalogue of Life, but not for NCBI.
  • The upstream() function gains the rows parameter passed on to get_*() functions, supported for both data sources ITIS and Catalogue of Life.
  • The classification() function gains the rows parameter passed on to get_*() functions, for all sources used in the function.
  • The downstream() function gains the rows parameter passed on to get_*() functions, for all sources used in the function.
  • Nearly all taxonomic ID retrieveal functions (i.e., get_*()) gain new parameters to help filter results (e.g., division, phylum, class, family, parent, rank, etc.). These parameters allow direct matching or regex filters (e.g., .a to match any character followed by an a). (#410) (#385)
  • Nearly all taxonomic ID retrieveal functions (i.e., get_*()) now give back more information (mostly higher taxonomic data) to help in the interactive decision process. (#327)
  • New data source added to synonyms() function: Catalogue of Life. (#430)

MINOR IMPROVEMENTS

BUG FIXES

DEPRECATED AND DEFUNCT

taxize 0.5.2 2014-12-19

NEW FEATURES

  • New set of functions to ping each of the APIs used in taxize. E.g., itis_ping() pings ITIS and returns a logical, indicating if the ITIS API is working or not. You can also do a very basic test to see whether content returned matches what’s expected. (#394)
  • New function status_codes() to get vector of HTTP status codes. (#394)

MINOR IMPROVEMENTS

  • Removed startup message.
  • Now can pass in curl options to itis_ping(), and all *_ping() functions.

BUG FIXES

  • Moved examples that were in \donttest into \dontrun.

taxize 0.5.0 Unreleased

NEW FEATURES

  • New function genbank2uid() to get a NCBI taxonomic id (i.e., a uid) from a either a GenBank accession number of GI number. (#375)
  • New function get_nbnid() to get a UK National Biodiversity Network taxonomic id (i.e., a nbnid). (#332)
  • New function nbn_classification() to get a taxonomic classification for a UK National Biodiversity Network taxonomic id. Using this new function, generic method classification() gains method for nbnid. (#332)
  • New function nbn_synonyms() to get taxonomic synonyms for a UK National Biodiversity Network taxonomic id. Using this new function, generic method synonyms() gains method for nbnid. (#332)
  • New function nbn_search() to search for taxa in the UK National Biodiversity Network. (#332)
  • New function ncbi_children() to get direct taxonomic children for a NCBI taxonomic id. Using this new function, generic method children() gains method for ncbi. (#348) (#351) (#354)
  • New function upstream() to get taxa upstream of a taxon. E.g., getting families upstream from a genus gets all families within the one level higher up taxonomic class than family. (#343)
  • New suite of functions as.*() to coerce numeric/alphanumeric codes to taxonomic identifiers for various databases. There are methods on this function for each of itis, ncbi, tropicos, gbif, nbn, bold, col, eol, and ubio. By default as.*() funtions make a quick check that the identifier is a real one by making a GET request against the identifier URI - this can be toggle off by setting check=FALSE. There are methods for returning itself, character, numeric, list, and data.frame. In addition, if the as.*.data.frame() function is used, a generic method exists to coerce the data.frame back to a identifier object. (#362)
  • New suite of functions named, for example, get_tsn_() (the underscore is the only different from the previous function name). These functions don’t do the normal interactive process of prompts that e.g., get_tsn() do, but instead returned a list of all ids, or a subset via the rows parameter. (#237)
  • New function ncbi_get_taxon_summary() to get taxonomic name and rank for 1 or more NCBI uid’s. (#348)

MINOR IMPROVEMENTS

  • assertthat removed from package imports, replaced with stopifnot(), to reduce dependency load. (#387)
  • eol_hierarchy() now defunct (no longer available) (#228) (#381)
  • tp_classifcation() now defunct (no longer available) (#228) (#381)
  • col_classification() now defunct (no longer available) (#228) (#381)
  • New manual page listing all the low level ITIS functions for which their manual pages are not shown in the package index, but are available if you to ?fxn-name.
  • All get_*() functions gain a new parameter rows to allow selection of particular rows. For example, rows=1 to select the first row, or rows=1:3 to select rows 1 through 3. (#347)
  • classification() now by default returns taxonomic identifiers for each of the names. This can be toggled off by the return_id=FALSE. (#359) (#360)
  • Simplification of many higher level functions to use switch() on the db parameter, which helps give better error message when a db value is not possible or spelled incorrectly. (#379)

BUG FIXES

  • Lots of reduction of redundancy in internal functions. (#378)

taxize 0.4.0 2014-09-09

NEW FEATURES

  • New data sources added to taxize: BOLD (Biodiversity of Life Database). Three more data sources were added (World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS), Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure (PESI), and Mycobank), but are not available on CRAN. Those three data sources provide data via SOAP web services protocol, which is hard to support in R. Thus, those sources are available on Github. See https://github.com/ropensci/taxize#version-with-soap-data-sources
  • New function children(), which is a single interface to various data sources to get immediate children from a given taxonomic name. (#304)
  • New functions added to search BOLD data" bold_search() that searches for taxa in the BOLD database of barcode data; get_boldid() to search for a BOLD taxon identifier. (#301)
  • New function get_ubioid() to get a uBio taxon identifier. (#318)
  • New function started (not complete yet) to get suggested citations for the various data sources available in taxize: taxize_cite(). (#270)

MINOR IMPROVEMENTS

BUG FIXES

  • Added error catching for when URI is too long, i.e., when too many names provided (#329) (#330)
  • Various fixes to tnrs() function, including more meaningful error messages on failures (#323) (#331)
  • Fixed bug in getpublicationsfromtsn() that caused function to fail on data.frame’s with no data on name assignment (#297)
  • Fixed bug in sci2comm() that caused fxn to fail when using db=itis sometimes (#293)
  • Fixes to scrapenames(). Sending a text blob via the text parameter now works.
  • Fixes to resolve() so that function now works for all 3 data sources. (#337)

taxize 0.3.0 2014-05-20

NEW FEATURES

  • New function iplant_resolve() to do name resolution using the iPlant name resolution service. Note, this is different from http://taxosaurus.org/ that is wrapped in the tnrs() function.
  • New function ipni_search() to search for names in the International Plant Names Index (IPNI).
  • New function resolve() that unifies name resolution services from iPlant’s name resolution service (via iplant_resolve()), Taxosaurus’ TNRS (via tnrs()), and GNR’s name resolution service (via gnr_resolve()).
  • All get_*() functions how returning a new uri attribute that is a link to the taxon on on the web. If NA is given back (e.g. nothing found), the uri attribute is blank. You can go directly to the uri in your default browser by doing, for example: browseURL(attr(result, "uri")).
  • get_eolid() now returns an attribute provider because EOL collates taxonomic data form a lot of sources, then gives back IDs that are internal EOL ids, not those matching the id of the source they pull from. This should help with provenance, and should help if there is confusion about why the id givenb back by this function does not match that from the original source.
  • Within the get_tsn() function, now using the function itis_terms(), which gives back the accepted status of the taxa. This allows a new parameter in the function (accepted, logical) that allows user to say give back only accepted status names (accepted=TRUE), or to give back all names (accepted=FALSE).
  • gnr_resolve() gains two new parameters best_match_only (logical, to return best match only) and preferred_data_sources (to return preferred data sources) and callopts to pass in curl options.
  • tnrs(), tp_accnames(), tp_refs(), tp_summary(), and tp_synonyms() gain new parameter callopts to pass in curl options.

MINOR IMPROVEMENTS

  • class2tree() can now handle NA in classification objects.
  • classification.eolid() and classification.colid() now return the submitted name along with the classification.
  • Changed from CC0 to MIT license.
  • Updated citation to have both the taxize paper in F1000 Research and the package citation.
  • Sped up some functions by removing internal use of plyr functions, see #275.
  • Removed dependency on rgbif - copied into this package a few functions needed internally. This avoids users having to install GDAL binary.
  • Added in verbose parameter to many more functions to allow suppression of help messages.
  • In most functions when using httr, now manually parsing JSON to a list then to another data format instead of allowing internal httr parsing - in addition added checks on content type and encoding in many functions.
  • Added match.arg iternally to get_ids() for the db parameter so that a) unique short abbreviations of possible values are possible, and b) gives a meaningful warning if unsupported values are given.
  • Most long-named ITIS functions (e.g., getexpertsfromtsn, getgeographicdivisionsfromtsn) gain parameter curlopts to pass in curl options.
  • Added stringsAsFactors=FALSE to all data.frame creations to eliminate factor variables.

BUG FIXES

taxize 0.2.2 2014-03-02

NEW FEATURES

MINOR IMPROVEMENTS

BUG FIXES

taxize 0.2.0 2014-02-17

MINOR IMPROVEMENTS

  • New dataset: Lookup-table for family, genus, and species names for ThePlantList under dataset name “theplantlist”.
  • get_ids() now accepts “gbif” as an option via use of get_gbifid().
  • Changed function itis_phymat_format() to phylomatic_format() - this function gets the typical Phylomatic format name string “family/genus/genus_epithet”

BUG FIXES

NEW FEATURES

  • New function class2tree() to convert list of classifications to a tree. For example, go from a list of classifications from the function classification() to this function to get a taxonomy tree in ape phylo format.
  • New function get_gbfid() to get a Global Biodiversity Information Facility identifier. This is the ID GBIF uses in their backbone taxonomy.
  • classification() outputs gain rbind() and cbind() generic methods that act on the various outputs of classification() to bind data width-wise, or column-wise, respectively.

taxize 0.1.9 Unreleased

MINOR IMPROVEMENTS

  • Updated ncbi_search() to retrieve more than a max of 500, slightly changed column headers in output data files, and if didn’t before, now accepts a vector/list of taxonomic names instead of just one name.

taxize 0.1.8 2013-12-27

NEW FEATURES

  • We attempted to make all ouput column names lowercase, and to increase consistency across column names in outputs from similar functions.
  • New function scrapenames() uses the Global Names Recognition and Discovery service to extract taxonomic names from a web page, pdf, or other document.
  • New function vascan_search() to search the CANADENSYS Vascan names database.

BUG FIXES

  • Fixed bugs in get_tpsid(), get_eolid() and eol_pages().
  • phylomatic_tree() bugs fixed.

MINOR IMPROVEMENTS

  • classification() methods were simplified. Now classification() is the workhorse for every data-source. col_classification(), eol_hierarchy(), and tp_classification() are now deprecated and will be removed in the next taxize version.
  • classification() gains four new arguments: start, checklist, key, and callopts.
  • comm2sci() gains argument simplify to optionally simplify output to a vector of names (TRUE by default).
  • get_eolid() and get_tpsid() both gain new arguments key to specify an API key, and … to pass on arguments to eol_search().
  • Added ncbi as a data source (db=“ncbi”) in sci2comm().
  • tax_agg() now accepts a matrix in addition to a data.frame. Thanks to @tpoi
  • tnrs() changes: Using httr instead of RCurl; now forcing splitting up name vector when long. Still issues when using POST requests (getpost=“POST”) wherein a request sent with 100 names only returns 30 for example. Investigating this now.

NOTES

  • Function name change: tp_acceptednames() now tp_accnames().
  • Function name change: tp_namedistributions() now tp_dist().
  • Function name change: tp_namereferences() now tp_refs().
  • Internal ldfast() function changed name to taxize_ldfast() to avoid namespace conflicts with similar function in another package.
  • Three functions now with ncbi_* prefix: get_seqs() is now ncbi_getbyname(); get_genes() is now ncbi_getbyid(); and get_genes_avail() is now ncbi_search().

taxize 0.1.5 2013-11-19

NEW FEATURES

  • classification() gains extension method classification.ids() to accept output from get_ids() - which attempts to get a taxonomic hierarchy from each of the taxon identifiers with the output from get_ids().
  • synonyms() gains extension method synonyms.ids() to accept output from get_ids() - which attempts to get synonyms from each of the taxon identifiers with the output from get_ids().

taxize 0.1.4 Unreleased

NEW FEATURES

  • Reworked functions that interact with the ITIS API so that lower level functions were grouped together into higher level functions. All the approximately 50 lower level functions are still exported but are not included in the index help file (due to @keywords internal for each fxn) - but can still be used normally, and man files are avaialable at ?functionName.
  • New function itis_ping() to check if the ITIS API service is up, similar to eol_ping() for the EOL API.
  • New function itis_getrecord() to get a partial or full record, using a TSN or lsid.
  • New function itis_refs() to get references associated with a TSN.
  • New function itis_kingdomnames() to get all kingdom names, or kingdom name for a TSN.
  • New function itis_lsid() to get a TSN from an lsid, get a partial or full record from an lsid.
  • New function itis_native() to get status as native, exotic, etc. in various geographic regions.
  • New function itis_hierarchy() to get full hierarchy, or immediate up or downstream hierarchy.
  • New function itis_terms() to get tsn’s, authors, common names, and scientific names from a given query.
  • New function sci2comm() to get common (vernacular) names from input scientific names from various data sources.
  • New function comm2sci() to get scientific names from input common (vernacular) names from various data sources.
  • New function get_ids() to get taxonomic identifiers across all sources.

MINOR IMPROVEMENTS

  • itis_taxrank() now outputs a character, not a factor; loses parameter verbose, and gains …, which passes on further arguments to gettaxonomicranknamefromtsn.
  • tp_synonyms(), tp_summary(), plantminer(), itis_downstream(), gisd_isinvasive(), get_genes_avail(), get_genes(), eol_invasive(), eol_dataobjects(), andn tnrs() gain parameter verbose to optionally suppress messages.
  • phylomatic_tree() format changed so that names are passed in normall (e.g., Poa annua) instead of the slashpath format (family/genus/genus_species). Also, taxaformat parameter dropped.
  • itis_acceptname() gains … to pass in further arguments to getacceptednamesfromtsn()
  • tp_namedistributions() loses parameter format.
  • get_tsn() and get_uid() return infomation about match as attribute.
  • clarified iucn-documentation

BUG FIXES

  • Fixed bug in synonyms() so that further arguments can be passed on to get_tsn() to suppress messages.
  • Removed test for ubio_classification_search(), a function that isn’t operational yet.

taxize 0.1.1 Unreleased

NEW FEATURES

  • New functions added just like get_uid()/get_tsn() but for EOL, Catalogue of Life, and Tropicos, see get_eolid(), get_colid(), and get_tpsid(), respectively.
  • classification() methods added for EOL, Catalogue of Life, and Tropicos, see functions classification.eolid(), classification.colid(), and classification.tpsid() respectively.
  • New function col_search() to search for names in the Catalogue of Life.
  • User can turn off interactive mode in get_* functions. All get_* functions gain an ask argument, if TRUE (default) a user prompt is used for user to select which row they want, if FALSE, NA is returned when many results available; and added tests for the new argument. Affects downstream functions too.
  • New function eol_invasive() to search EOL collections of invasive species lists.
  • New function tp_search() to search for a taxonomic IDs from Tropicos.
  • New function tp_classification() to get a taxonomic hierarchy from Tropicos.
  • New function gbif_parse() to parse scientific names into their components, using the GBIF name parser API.
  • New function itis_searchcommon() to search for common names across both searchbycommonnamebeginswith, and searchbycommonnameendswith.

BUG FIXES

  • tax_name() and other function broke, because get_tsn() and get_uid() returned wrong value when a taxon was not found. Fixed.

MINOR IMPROVEMENTS

  • Added tests for new classification() methods for EOL, COL, and Tropicos.
  • Added tests for new functions tp_search() and tp_classification().

NOTES

  • Moved tests from inst/tests to tests/testthat according to new preferred location of tests.
  • Updated CITATION in inst/ with our F1000Research paper info.
  • Package repo name on Github changed from taxize_ to taxize - remember to use “taxize” in install_github() calls now instead of “taxize_”

taxize 0.1.0 2013-10-27

NEW FEATURES

  • New function tpl_families() to get data.frame of families from The Plantlist.org site.
  • New function names_list() to get a random vector of species names using the
  • Added two new data sets, plantGenusNames.RData and plantNames.RData, to be used in names_list().
  • New function ldfast(), a replacement function for plyr::ldply that should be faster in all cases.
  • Changed API key names to be more consistent, now tropicosApiKey, eolApiKey, ubioApiKey, and pmApiKey - do change these in your .Rprofile if you store them there.
  • Added a startup message.

MINOR IMPROVEMENTS

  • Across most functions, removed dependencies on plyr, using ldfast() instead, for increased speed.
  • Across most functions, changed from using RCurl to using httr.
  • Across most functions, stop_for_status() now used directly after Curl call to check the http status code, stoping the function if appropriate code found.
  • Many functions changed parameter … to callopts, which passes on additional Curl options, with default an empty list (list()), which makes function testing easier.
  • eol_search() gains parameters page, exact, filter_tid, filter_heid, filter_by_string, matching, cache_ttl, and callopts.
  • eol_hierarchy() gains parameter callopts, and loses parameter usekey (always using API key now).
  • eol_pages() gains parameters images, videos, sounds, maps, text, subject, licenses, details, common_names, synonyms, references, vetted, cache_ttl, and callopts.
  • gni_search(): parameter url lost, is defined inside the function now, and .Rd file gains url references.
  • phylomatic_tree() now checks to make sure family names were found for input taxa. If not, the function stops with message informing this.
  • tpl_get() updated with fixes/improvements by John Baumgartner - now gets taxa from all groups, whereas only retrieved from Angiosperms before. In addition, csv files from The Plantlist.org are downloaded directly rather than read into R and written out again.
  • tpl_search() now checks for missing data or errors, and stops function with error message.

BUG FIXES

  • capwords() fxn changed to taxize_capwords() to avoid namespace conflicts with other packages with a similar function.
  • ubio_namebank() was giving back base64 encoded data, now decoded appropriately.

NOTES

  • Added John Baumgartner as an author.

taxize 0.0.6 2013-08-01

NEW FEATURES

  • tax_name() accepts multiple ranks to query.
  • tax_name() accepts vectors as input.
  • tax_name() has an option to query both, NCBI and ITIS, in one call and return the union of both.
  • new extractor function for iucn_summary(): iucn_status(), to extract status from iucn-objects.
  • tax_agg(): A function to aggregate species data to given taxonomic rank.
  • tax_rank(): Get taxonomic rank for a given taxon name.
  • classification() accepts taxon names as input and returns a named list.
  • new function apg_lookup() looks up APGIII taxonomy and replaces family names
  • new function gni_parse() parses scientific names using EOl’s name parser API
  • new function iucn_getname() is a utility to find IUCN names using the EOL API
  • new function rank_agg() aggregates data by a given taxonomic rank
  • new data table apg_families
  • new data table apg_orders
  • gnr_resolve() gains new arguments gnr_resolvee_once, with_context, stripauthority, highestscore, and http, and loses returndf (that is, a data.frame is returned by default)
  • gni_search() gains parameter parse_names

MINOR IMPROVEMENTS

  • tnrs() parameter getpost changed from default of ‘GET’ to ‘POST’
  • Across all functions, the url parameter specifying an API endpoint was moved inside of functions (i.e., not available as a parameter in the function call)
  • gnr_datasources() parameter todf=TRUE by default now, returning a data.frame
  • col_classification() minor formatting improvements

BUG FIXES

  • iucn_summary() returns no information about population estimates.
  • get_tsn() raised a warning in specific situations.
  • tax_name() did not work for multiple ranks with ITIS.
  • fixed errors in getfullhierarchyfromtsn()
  • fixed errors in gethierarchydownfromtsn()
  • fixed errors in getsynonymnamesfromtsn()
  • fixed errors in searchforanymatch()
  • fixed errors in searchforanymatchedpage()

NOTES

  • Removed dependency to NCBI2R
  • Improvements of documentation
  • Citation added

taxize 0.0.5 2013-02-19

BUG FIXES

  • removed tests for now until longer term fix is made so that web APIs that are temporarily down don’t cause tests to fail.

taxize 0.0.4 2013-01-31

BUG FIXES

  • added R (>= 2.15.0) so that package tests don’t fail on some systems due to paste0()
  • remove test for ubio_namebank() function as it sometimes fails

taxize 0.0.3 2013-01-30

BUG FIXES

  • iucn_summary() does not break when API returns no information.
  • tax_name() returns NA when taxon is not found on API.
  • get_uid() asks for user input when more then one UID is found for a taxon.
  • changed base URL for phylomatic_tree(), and associated parameter changes

NEW FEATURES

  • added check for invasive species status for a set of species from GISD database via gisd_isinvasive().
  • Further development with the EOL-API: eol_dataobjects().
  • added Catalogue of Life: col_classification(), col_children(), and col_downstream().
  • new fxn get_genes(), retrieve gene sequences from NCBI by accession number.
  • new functions to interact with the Phylotastic name resolution service: tnrs_sources() and tnrs()
  • Added unit tests

DEPRECATED AND DEFUNCT

  • itis_name() fxn deprecated - use tax_name() instead

taxize 0.0.2 2012-12-07

BUG FIXES

  • changed paste0 to paste to avoid problems on certain platforms.
  • removed all tests until the next version so that tests will not fail on any platforms.
  • plyr was missing as import for iucn_summary fxn.

NEW FEATURES

  • added NEWS file.

taxize 0.0.1 2012-12-04

NEW FEATURES

  • released to CRAN