[R-sig-Geo] writeOGR with 2+ layers in 1 KML file

Alex Mandel tech_dev at wildintellect.com
Tue Apr 5 23:00:12 CEST 2011

On 04/05/2011 01:14 PM, David Holstius wrote:
> Hi, I would like to write two different Spatial* objects, as two different layers, to the same KML file using rgdal::writeOGR(). 
> If I do something like:
>   > writeOGR(bar, driver="KML", dsn="foo.kml", layer="bar")
> ... I get a KML Document with a Folder element inside named "bar". So far, so good. 
> But if I follow that with:
>   > writeOGR(baz, driver="KML", dsn="foo.kml", layer="baz")
> ... the contents of foo.kml are obliterated and replaced with new contents. I would prefer that another Folder, named "baz", be created in "foo.kml" without erasing any other Folder elements.
> Is this possible? Is there a flag I didn't find? Am I doing it wrong? Many thanks in advance,
> Very best,
> David
> --
> David Holstius
> PhD Student in Environmental Health Sciences
> UC Berkeley School of Public Health

Are you sure you don't mean 2 kml files in one kmz?
A kmz is a zip of multiple kml files and is the common format for Google

It sounds like you're describing the behavior that the OGR shapefile
writer has which creates a folder and writes the shp, shx, dbf, prj all
to that folder. I'm not sure that model works from kml, in particular
the dsn would need to be a folder path not a path to a specific file.

I think you need to write 2 different kml files and then zip them into a
kmz. I have no idea if there's an R package to create Zip files.


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