[R-sig-Geo] Rpy with ArcMap or Spatial Data

Roger Bivand Roger.Bivand at nhh.no
Thu Feb 18 08:01:17 CET 2010

On Wed, 17 Feb 2010, Alexander Brenning wrote:

> Hi,
> there is an ArcGIS toolbox written by Mark Janikas from ESRI that links 
> ArcGIS/ArcMap/ArcCatalog with R through Python. This is more like a 
> proof-of-principle, it allows to access a point clustering method from R from 
> within ArcGIS. Don't ask me for the details, but at least one of the two 
> alternative approaches used is based on RPy.
> http://resources.esri.com/geoprocessing/index.cfm?fa=codeGalleryDetails&
> scriptId=16444
> On the other hand, the RPyGeo package for R uses Python (but not RPy!) to 
> call ArcGIS tools from within R. Sort of a basic ArcGIS front-end in R, but 
> it suffers from the long latency time of ArcGIS.

I have posted references to MGET before:


but for me http://code.env.duke.edu/projects/mget/ is not responding now. 
There was plenty of code there, but I think using DCOM through Python 
rather than Rpy (or better Rpy2). Carson Farmer's Qgis plugin manageR does 
run through Rpy2, and so is a cross-platform interface. Using DCOM for 
ArcGIS does make some sense, as ArcGIS is most frequently found on 
platforms running DCOM.


> Cheers
> Alex
> On 16/02/2010 10:50 AM, A. Chapkowski wrote:
>> Are there any examples of RPy being used with ArcMap or any other
>> spatial software?
>> Thanks
>> A
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