R is one of the fastest growing languages for data analysis and is increasingly important in business, government and academia. Less well-known is that R has a diverse suite of geospatial tools and can function as a fully integrated Geographical Information System (GIS). Time-series maps, geographically weighted regression, animations and even online maps become possible when you understand R’s unique language and approach to spatial objects.
However, as with any language, it is important to gain a strong understanding of the underlying syntax and structure before moving on to complex uses. This course therefore focuses on the foundations: how R can be used to load, manipulate, process, transform and visualise spatial data.
Prior experience with R is highly recommended; participants will also benefit from experience with GIS.
In the first day we will cover general concepts in efficient R programming and the basics of spatial data classes in R. Building on this strong foundation the second day will cover advanced topics including raster data and the creation of interactive web-based maps using R.
By the end of the course participants will:
Cost: £60 for UK registered postgraduate students; £100 for academics/staff at Institutes of Higher Education, public sector staff and staff at registered charity organisations. £200 others.
Fee includes lunch and refreshments.
Working knowledge of R and RStudio is assumed.
Background reading “A (very) short introduction to R”, Paul Torfs & Claudia Brauerhttp://cran.r-project.org/doc/contrib/Torfs+Brauer-Short-R-Intro.pdf
For more information on the course, please see here:https://github.com/Robinlovelace/Creating-maps-in-R