CoordinateCleaner: Automated Cleaning of Occurrence Records from Biological Collections

Automated flagging of common spatial and temporal errors in biological and paleontological collection data, for the use in conservation, ecology and paleontology. Includes automated tests to easily flag (and exclude) records assigned to country or province centroid, the open ocean, the headquarters of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, urban areas or the location of biodiversity institutions (museums, zoos, botanical gardens, universities). Furthermore identifies per species outlier coordinates, zero coordinates, identical latitude/longitude and invalid coordinates. Also implements an algorithm to identify data sets with a significant proportion of rounded coordinates. Especially suited for large data sets. The reference for the methodology is: Zizka et al. (2019) <doi:10.1111/2041-210X.13152>.

Version: 3.0.1
Depends: R (≥ 3.5.0)
Imports: dplyr, geosphere, ggplot2, graphics, grDevices, methods, rgbif, rnaturalearth (≥ 0.3.2), stats, terra, tidyselect, utils
Suggests: countrycode, covr, knitr, magrittr, maps, rmarkdown, rnaturalearthdata, sf, testthat, viridis
Published: 2023-10-24
DOI: 10.32614/CRAN.package.CoordinateCleaner
Author: Alexander Zizka [aut, cre], Daniele Silvestro [ctb], Tobias Andermann [ctb], Josue Azevedo [ctb], Camila Duarte Ritter [ctb], Daniel Edler [ctb], Harith Farooq [ctb], Andrei Herdean [ctb], Maria Ariza [ctb], Ruud Scharn [ctb], Sten Svanteson [ctb], Niklas Wengstrom [ctb], Vera Zizka [ctb], Alexandre Antonelli [ctb], Bruno Vilela [ctb] (Bruno updated the package to remove dependencies on sp, raster, rgdal, maptools, and rgeos packages), Irene Steves [rev] (Irene reviewed the package for ropensci, see <>), Francisco Rodriguez-Sanchez [rev] (Francisco reviewed the package for ropensci, see <>)
Maintainer: Alexander Zizka <zizka.alexander at>
License: GPL-3
NeedsCompilation: no
SystemRequirements: GDAL (>= 2.0.1)
Language: en-gb
Citation: CoordinateCleaner citation info
Materials: README NEWS
CRAN checks: CoordinateCleaner results


Reference manual: CoordinateCleaner.pdf
Vignettes: Cleaning GBIF data for the use in biogeography
Cleaning fossil data for the use in biogeography and palaeontology
Comparison of CoordinateCleaner to other tools
Using customized gazetteers


Package source: CoordinateCleaner_3.0.1.tar.gz
Windows binaries: r-devel:, r-release:, r-oldrel:
macOS binaries: r-release (arm64): CoordinateCleaner_3.0.1.tgz, r-oldrel (arm64): CoordinateCleaner_3.0.1.tgz, r-release (x86_64): CoordinateCleaner_3.0.1.tgz, r-oldrel (x86_64): CoordinateCleaner_3.0.1.tgz
Old sources: CoordinateCleaner archive

Reverse dependencies:

Reverse imports: bdc, BeeBDC, gatoRs
Reverse suggests: dynamicSDM


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