[R-sig-Geo] sos4R: A new package for retrieving spatio-temporal data from web services

Daniel Nüst daniel.nuest at gmail.com
Thu Apr 7 23:28:50 CEST 2011

Dear sig-geoers,

I'd like to inform you about a new package on CRAN for downloading
spatio-temporal data in near real-time from standardized web services.
It is called "sos4R" and the package description reads as follows:

sos4R is a client for Sensor Observation Services (SOS) as specified
by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). It allows users to retrieve
metadata from SOS web services and to interactively create requests
for observation data based on the available sensors, phenomena,
observations et cetera using thematic, temporal and spatial filtering.

If abbreviations like SOS, SWE, OGC, GML, O&M, ... are new to you,
don't worry - the package's goal is to provide users with a simple
interface to the growing amount of data available via Sensor
Observation Services, without you having to dig into the details. And
the quite extensive vignette gives a short introduction into the area
as well.

If you're interested, please also check out the development blog [2],
which also contains a list of some interesting SOS [3] - maybe there
is some data of interest for you already available! I look forward to
comments, questions, bug reports, and feature requests.

Best regards,

[1] http://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/sos4R/index.html
[2] http://www.nordholmen.net/sos4r
[3] http://www.nordholmen.net/sos4r/data/

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