Author: Matthew Leonawicz
License: MIT

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The rtrek package provides datasets related to the Star Trek fictional universe and functions for working with those datasets. It interfaces with the Star Trek API (STAPI), Memory Alpha and Memory Beta to retrieve data, metadata and other information relating to Star Trek.

The package also contains several local datasets covering a variety of topics such as Star Trek timeline data, universe species data and geopolitical data. Some of these are more information rich, while others are toy examples useful for simple demonstrations. The bulk of Star Trek data is accessed from external sources by API. A future version of rtrek will also include summary datasets resulting from text mining analyses of Star Trek novels.

Image: Example Leaflet map using non-geographic Star Trek map tiles.


Install the CRAN release of rtrek with


Install the development version from GitHub with

# install.packages("remotes")


Time to be good detectives. Good thing Data has R installed.

These are just a few examples to help you jump right in. See the package articles for more.


Use the Star Trek API (STAPI) to obtain information on the infamous character, Q. Specifically, retrieve data on his appearances and the stardates when he shows up. The first API call does a lightweight, unobtrusive check to see how many pages of potential search results exist for characters in the database. There are a lot of characters. The second call grabs only page two results. The third call uses the universal/unique ID uid to retrieve data on Q. Think of these three successive uses of stapi as safe mode, search mode and extraction mode.

stapi("character", page_count = TRUE)
#> Total pages to retrieve all results: 66

stapi("character", page = 1) %>% select(uid, name)
#> # A tibble: 100 x 2
#>    uid            name            
#>    <chr>          <chr>           
#>  1 CHMA0000021696 Pechetti        
#>  2 CHMA0000028502 Pomet           
#>  3 CHMA0000134966 Eddie Newsom    
#>  4 CHMA0000101321 T. Virts        
#>  5 CHMA0000053158 Annabelle series
#>  6 CHMA0000008975 Torias Dax      
#>  7 CHMA0000232471 T. Peel         
#>  8 CHMA0000087568 Grathon Tolar   
#>  9 CHMA0000190805 C. Russell      
#> 10 CHMA0000069617 Mike Vejar      
#> # ... with 90 more rows

Q <- "CHMA0000025118" #unique ID
Q <- stapi("character", uid = Q)
Q$episodes %>% select(uid, title, stardateFrom, stardateTo)
#>              uid                 title stardateFrom stardateTo
#> 1 EPMA0000001458    All Good Things...      47988.0    47988.0
#> 2 EPMA0000000845                Q-Less      46531.2    46531.2
#> 3 EPMA0000001329                 Q Who      42761.3    42761.3
#> 4 EPMA0000000651              Tapestry           NA         NA
#> 5 EPMA0000001510    The Q and the Grey      50384.2    50392.7
#> 6 EPMA0000000483 Encounter at Farpoint      41153.7    41153.7
#> 7 EPMA0000162588            Death Wish           NA         NA
#> 8 EPMA0000001413                True Q      46192.3    46192.3
#> 9 EPMA0000001377                  Qpid      44741.9    44741.9

Memory Alpha

Obtain content and metadata from the article about Spock on Memory Alpha:

x <- ma_article("Spock")
#> # A tibble: 1 x 4
#>   title content    metadata          categories       
#>   <chr> <list>     <list>            <list>           
#> 1 Spock <xml_ndst> <tibble [1 x 18]> <tibble [14 x 2]>
#> [1] "January 6, 2230 (stardate 2230.06)|ShiKahr, Vulcan"

Memory Beta

Spock was born in 2230. Obtain a subset of the Star Trek universe historical timeline for that year:

#> 2230
#> $events
#> # A tibble: 5 x 4
#>   period id                date  notes                                                              
#>   <chr>  <chr>             <chr> <chr>                                                              
#> 1 2230   Events            <NA>  Argelius II  and Betelgeuse become members of the Federation.[1][2]
#> 2 2230   Births_and_Deaths <NA>  Spock is born deep within a cave in Vulcan's Forge on Vulcan.[3][4]
#> 3 2230   Births_and_Deaths <NA>  George Samuel Kirk, Jr. is born.[5]                                
#> 4 2230   Births_and_Deaths <NA>  David Rabin is born.[6]                                            
#> 5 2230   Births_and_Deaths <NA>  Roy John Moss is born.[7]                                          
#> $stories
#> # A tibble: 5 x 11
#>   title           title_url         colleciton   collection_url  section       context series      date     media     notes                                  image_url       
#>   <chr>           <chr>             <chr>        <chr>           <chr>         <chr>   <chr>       <chr>    <chr>     <chr>                                  <chr>           
#> 1 Burning Dreams  Burning_Dreams    <NA>         <NA>            Chapters 4 &~ <NA>    The Origin~ 2230     novel     <NA>                                   File:BurningDre~
#> 2 Star Trek V: T~ Star_Trek_V:_The~ <NA>         <NA>            Chapter 14    <NA>    The Origin~ 2230     movie no~ <NA>                                   File:TrekV.jpg  
#> 3 IDW Star Trek,~ IDW_Star_Trek,_I~ Star Trek (~ Star_Trek_(IDW) 2230 flashba~ <NA>    The Origin~ 2230     comic     Flashback to USS Kelvin and Keenser's~ File:IDW_TOS_14~
#> 4 Star Trek       Star_Trek_(2009)  <NA>         <NA>            Chapter 1 (s~ <NA>    The Origin~ 2230     movie no~ Depiction of Spock's birth, date take~ File:Star_Trek_~
#> 5 Sarek           Sarek_(novel)     <NA>         <NA>            Chapter 5     <NA>    The Origin~ 12 Nove~ novel     <NA>                                   File:Sarek_nove~

Live long and prosper.

Packages in the trekverse

rtrek: The core Star Trek package

Datasets related to Star Trek, API wrappers to external data sources, and more.

trekcolors: A color palette package

Predefined and customizable Star Trek themed color palettes and related functions.

trekfont: A fonts package

True (Trek) type fonts to style your Star Trek themed graphics text.

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Please note that the rtrek project is released with a Contributor Code of Conduct. By contributing to this project, you agree to abide by its terms.