[R] status of CRAN

Robin Hankin r.hankin at auckland.ac.nz
Tue Oct 8 05:18:33 CEST 2002

Dear List

the other day, I had my yearly staff interview with my Head of

Under my list of publications, I included a document which I wrote
(R-and-octave.txt) that ended up in the "contributed docs" section of

Unfortunately, neither my HoD nor the personnel person were terribly
impressed with it, even though its preparation time was commensurate
with many of my (co authored) dead-tree publications.

They cited lack of peer-review, and fact that it was disseminated
solely over the 'net as reasons.  They were very nice about it, but
the bottom line was that it just didn't count for very much.  I tried
to point out that CRAN was highly regarded, but was unable to come up
with much in the way of objective evidence.

How would members of the List respond to this criticism?  Does anyone
have anything I could use to bolster my position?  Although specific
feedback about R-and-octave.txt would be very welcome, I'd also like
the List to suggest objective (and convincing!) facts which I could
use next week at the follow-up meeting.

Thanks in advance


Robin Hankin, Lecturer,
School of Geography and Environmental Science
Tamaki Campus
Private Bag 92019 Auckland
New Zealand

r.hankin at auckland.ac.nz
tel 0064-9-373-7599 x6820; FAX 0064-9-373-7042

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