[R-sig-Geo] loading GML files into R

Roger Bivand Roger.Bivand at nhh.no
Thu Sep 28 11:28:30 CEST 2006

On Thu, 28 Sep 2006, Paul Hiemstra wrote:

> Dear All,
> I am using sp and gstat to interpolate radiation data from the Dutch 
> Radiation Monitoring Network. One of the goals of this project is to use 
> inter operable data formats, in this case probably GML (Geography Markup 
> Language). I have not found a package to parse GML files directly into R. 
> Is anyone aware of a way to read GML files into R?

(Assuming GML vector data)

Which platform are you on? If Linux/Unix/OSX, install GDAL with support in
OGR for GML vector files, and use the rgdal package; this should work, but
needs care in installing Xerces and other libraries. If Windows, use the
binary rgdal package on CRAN to read a file converted from GML to one of
the small range of drivers available - for example using the FWTools suite
of Windows binaries - see ogrinfo and ogr2ogr in that suite.


> regards,
> Paul Hiemstra
> University of Utrecht
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Roger Bivand
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Economics and Business Administration, Helleveien 30, N-5045 Bergen,
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