Installing rgdal on Mac OS X

******Roger Bivand has kindly just emailed me to say: “Your 2 November blog about rgdal on OSX is very misleading. The CRAN rgdal page: http://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/rgdal/index.html says all you need to know unless you need extra dr...


Maps with ggplot2

The ggplot2 package offers powerful tools to plot data in R. The plots are designed to comply with the “grammar of graphics” philosophy and can be produced to a publishable level relatively easily. For users wishing to create a good map without t...


Clipping a Surface By a Polygon

Background: A common function in standard GIS software enables users to create a raster surface and extract values or clip it based on a set of polygons. This may be used in cases where you want analysis to be constrained to within a town’s bou...


R Maps

This is an updated version of my Making Maps with R tutorial. I think the code is lot simpler and it also includes some data for you to play around with. Background: Spatial data are becoming increasingly common, as are the tools available in R to pr...


Free GIS Resources

Over the last couple of days I have utilised some excellent free GIS resources. I have listed these and some others below. Geospatial Analysis: This is the free online version of de Smith, Longley and Goodchild’s excellent book by the same titl...


Applied Spatial Data Analysis with R

I have just reviewed the book Applied Spatial Data Analysis with R which has been published in the September2009  issue of the Royal Statistical Society’s Significance magazine. Applied Spatial Data Analysis with R is an accessible text that d...



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