[R-pkg-devel] new maintainer sought for maps packages
jonathan at mazamascience.com
Fri Jul 31 20:31:30 CEST 2015
Thank you for addressing the #1 issue with the 'maps' package. I have
several clients and colleagues that I have pushed to use R for mapping but
it's always embarrassing to say they have to either 1: accept Soviet Union
era borders or 2: embrace the complexity of the 'sp' package.
Updating the world borders and (Oh please!) allowing countries to be
identified by ISO-3166-1-alpha2 country codes would hugely improve the
utility of the 'maps' package.
Our efforts with the MazamaSpatialUtils
originated with the outdated world map in the 'maps' package.
On Fri, Jul 31, 2015 at 10:48 AM, Alex Deckmyn <alex.deckmyn at meteo.be>
> First of all, I would like to thank Ray for his many years of taking care
> of maps, mapdata and mapproj, and for his confidence in my taking over. I
> hope to keep the packages running smoothly.
> I think R-sig-Geo is the best place to discuss future developments and
> will be posting there soon. As Ray mentioned, I (with his help & feedback)
> have been preparing an updated world map. I am going to be very cautious,
> but the many changes in country names (post-1990 Europe!) mean that any
> package or code that uses maps by calling map('world',region=...) to create
> a map using country names, could be affected. Maintainers of packages
> calling "maps" may want to contact me to make sure I don't break anything.
> In any case, I am currently testing a beta version that includes the old
> data set as a fall back.
> Dr. Alex Deckmyn e-mail: alex.deckmyn at meteo.be
> Royal Meteorological Institute http://www.meteo.be
> Ringlaan 3, 1180 Ukkel, Belgium tel. (32)(2)3730646
> I have been somewhat surprised by the number of positive responses to my
> message. I have found a candidate for the position of maintainer of the
> maps, mapdata and mapproj packages. I have confidence that Alex Deckmyn
> <alex.deckmyn at meteo.be> will do at least as good a job as I have done in
> this regard.
> The current (recent) releases of the packages still have my name as
> maintainer, but the address specified points to my (now) old work
> address which will autorespond to say I have now retired. However in
> practise, I will still be able to read and respond to such emails for
> the foreseeable future.
> Among other improvements, Alex is working on setting up a more accurate
> "world" database for maps and will submit this once it has been fully
> Thanks everyone for your support.
> Ray Brownrigg
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