[R-pkg-devel] [R] a question of etiquette

Adelchi Azzalini @zz@||n| @end|ng |rom @t@t@un|pd@|t
Tue Jun 2 09:08:03 CEST 2020

The point in question does not refer to copying code, but to code translation.
Does this make any difference? 
This was the question which I raised.

The phrase "As the code is part of the package now," does not seem to apply in this case,
since the code is actually not there.

Also, if the authors of the original code (in Matlab) must be included in the Authors using R 
block of the DESCRIPTION file, should they be labelled as "aut", "cbt", or what?

Apart from the specific instance  which my earlier question was referring to,
the view "As the code is part of the package now, therese are of course now also copyright 
holders and authors of your package" opens another question, closely related but different,
as it refers to code which is included, not translated. 
The above-quoted sentence appears to say that anyone who has written any
portion of code is an author of the package. In this view, who must be labelled "cbt" then?

Best regards


> On 2 Jun 2020, at 01:25, Uwe Ligges <ligges using statistik.tu-dortmund.de> wrote:
> If you copy code, you have to make sure that you can use it under the currrent license of your package, and you have to make sure to declare copright holders and authors. As the code is part of the package now, therese are of course now also copyright holders and authors of your package.
> Best,
> Uwe Ligges
> On 01.06.2020 23:37, R. Mark Sharp wrote:
>> Adelchi,
>> I have a similar situation where I had made all of the typical academic references within the code and documentation for a small but important function my package uses. I was asked by the CRAN reviewers to add the author of that function to the DESCRIPTION Authors using R section. I added the following:
>> person("Terry", "Therneau", role = c("aut”))
>> Mark
>> R. Mark Sharp, Ph.D.
>> Data Scientist and Biomedical Statistical Consultant
>> 7526 Meadow Green St.
>> San Antonio, TX 78251
>> mobile: 210-218-2868
>> rmsharp using me.com
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>>> From: Adelchi Azzalini <azzalini using stat.unipd.it>
>>> Subject: [R] a question of etiquette
>>> Date: June 1, 2020 at 11:34:00 AM CDT
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>>> The new version of a package which I maintain will include a new function which I have ported to R from Matlab.
>>> The documentation of this R function indicates the authors of the original Matlab code, reference to their paper, URL of the source code.
>>> Question: is this adequate, or should I include them as co-authors of the package, or as contributors, or what else?
>>> Is there a general policy about this matter?
>>> Adelchi Azzalini
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