is an Australian organisation for students in computational biology,
bioinformatics, and related fields. COMBINE is the student subcommittee of
the Australian Bioinformatics And Computational Biology Society (ABACBS) as
well as the official International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB)
Regional Student Group (RSG) for Australia. We aim to bring together
students and early-career researchers from the computational and life
sciences for networking, collaboration, and professional development.
This workshop teaches the basics of developing an R package. By the end of
the workshop you should have built your own personal R package to hold
functions you commonly use. More details about the workshop content are
provided in the Syllabus section below.
We have tried to keep the cost of the workshop as low as possible with the
help of our generous sponsors. The registration fee helps us to cover the cost
of morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea which will be provided on the day.
Discounted registration is available for students and ABACBS members. An
ABACBS student membership is only $20 and comes with other benefits including
discounted registration for the annual COMBINE symposium. More information
about ABACBS membership can be found on the
This workshop is aimed at researchers who are comfortable with R but want to
learn how to develop their own packages.
It assumes you are familiar with using R and RStudio.
Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop with a
Mac, Linux, or Windows operating system (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.) that they have administrative privileges on. They should have a few specific software packages installed (listed below).
Accessibility: We are committed to making this workshop
accessible to everybody.
The workshop organizers have checked that:
The room is wheelchair / scooter accessible.
Accessible restrooms are available.
Materials will be provided in advance of the workshop. If you have any other
needs please get in touch (using contact details below) and we will attempt to
Install R by downloading and running
this .exe file
Also, please install the
Note that if you have separate user and admin accounts, you should run the
installers as administrator (right-click on .exe file and select "Run as
administrator" instead of double-clicking). Otherwise problems may occur later,
for example when installing R packages.
You can download the binary files for your distribution
from CRAN. Or
you can use your package manager (e.g. for Debian/Ubuntu
run sudo apt-get install r-base and for Fedora run
sudo dnf install R). Also, please install the
Git and GitHub
Git is a version control system that lets you track who made changes
to what when and has options for easily updating a shared or public
version of your code
on github.com. You will need a
We will not be teaching Git in this workshop but we will show you how to
upload your package to GitHub using R. To participate in this part of the
workshop. You will need an account at
github.com. Basic GitHub accounts are
free. We encourage you to create a GitHub account if you don't have one
already. Please consider what personal information you'd like to reveal. For
example, you may want to review these
for keeping your email address private provided at GitHub.
For OS X 10.9 and higher, install Git for Mac
by downloading and running the most recent "mavericks" installer from
Because this installer is not signed by the developer, you may have to
right click (control click) on the .pkg file, click Open, and click
Open on the pop up window.
After installing Git, there will not be anything in your /Applications folder,
as Git is a command line program.
For older versions of OS X (10.5-10.8) use the
most recent available installer labelled "snow-leopard"
If Git is not already available on your machine you can try to
install it via your distro's package manager. For Debian/Ubuntu run
sudo apt-get install git and for Fedora run
sudo dnf install git.