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Geocomputation and Data Analysis with R

CDRC Training
Thursday 25 - Friday 26 April, 2019, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Leeds Institute for Data Analytics, Level 11, Worsley Building, University of Leeds, Clarendon Way, Leeds, LS2 9NL

Please be aware that this course is now fully subscribed and we expect to run it again in Spring 2020. Please contact Kylie Norman if you would like to add your name to the waiting list.

Run in conjunction with Leeds Digital Festival 2019, Geocomputation and Data Analysis with R aims to get you up-to-speed with high performance geographic processing, analysis, visualisation and modelling capabilities from the command-line. The course will be delivered in R, a statistical programming language popular in academia, industry and, increasingly, the public sector. It will teach a range of techniques using recent developments in the package sf and the ‘metapackage’ tidyverse, based on the open source book Geocomputation with R (Lovelace, Nowosad, and Meunchow 2019).


Learning Objectives

By the end of the course participants should:

  • Be able to use R and RStudio as a powerful Geographic Information System (GIS)
  • Know how R’s spatial capabilities fit within the landscape of open source GIS software
  • Be confident with using R’s command-line interface (CLI) and scripting capabilities for geographic data processing
  • Understand how to import a range of data sources into R
  • Be able to perform a range of attribute operations such as subsetting and joining
  • Understand how to implement a range of spatial data operations including spatial subsetting and spatial aggregation
  • Have the confidence to output the results of geographic research in the form of static and interactive maps.


Course Tutor

Robin Lovelace is a researcher at the Leeds Institute for Transport Studies (ITS) and the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics. Robin has many years of experience of using R for academic research and has taught numerous R courses at all levels. He has developed popular R resources including the recently published book Efficient R Programming (Gillespie and Lovelace 2016), Introduction to Visualising Spatial Data in R and Spatial Microsimulation with R (Lovelace and Dumont 2016). These skills have been applied on a number of projects with real-world applications, including the Propensity to Cycle Tool, a nationally scalable interactive online mapping application, and the stplanr package.

Prior reading/ experience

If you are new to R, ensure you have completed a basic introductory course such as DataCamp’s introduction to R free course or equivalent.
If you’re interested in R for ‘data science’ and installing/updating/choosing R packages, these additional resources are recommended (these optional resources are all freely available online):

  • The introductory chapter of R for Data Science
  • Chapter 2 on setting-up R and section 4.4 on package selection in the book Efficient R Programming


Fees and Further Information

The course is open to students, academic staff and external delegates.

Early Bird rate (until 18th March 2019)
£400 – Students
£600 – Academics, charitable and public sector
£800 – Other
Rates 18th March-18th April 2019
£500 – Students
£700 – Academics, charitable and public sector
£900 – Other
The fee includes learning materials, lunch and refreshments during the course, but not overnight accommodation. The course is also available as bespoke or in-company training.


For all enquiries please contact Kylie Norman.