[R-sig-Geo] Opening non-spatial layer/feature class in gdb

Worrall, James -FS jworrall at fs.fed.us
Mon Feb 8 19:17:00 CET 2016

I've been playing with getting info on and opening geodatabases.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that rgdal could examine and open layers from them.  But I wonder if it can open non-spatial objects in them?  Or if there is any other R way to do that?

I have a geodatabase that looks like this:

> ogrListLayers( "D:USvegNRIS.gdb" )
[1] "NRIS_VegCharacterizations" "NRIS_VegDisturbances"      "NRIS_VegGisCalcs"          "NRIS_VegPolyLinks"
[5] "NRIS_VegSubpopulations"    "NRIS_VegPointLinks"        "NRIS_VegLocations"         "NRIS_VegPoint"
[9] "NRIS_VegPoly"
[1] "OpenFileGDB"
[1] 9

I can open NRIS_VegPoly as a SpatialPolygonsDataFrame with readOGR() (at least I can in another gdb with a similar layer, but this one is too enormous and R crashes).

But I am also interested in NRIS_VegSubpopulation.  This is simply a table, with multiple rows per polygon, with IDs linking them to polygons, but no spatial data.  Trying to open it doesn't work:

Error in readOGR(dsn = "USVEGNRIS.gdb", layer = "NRIS_VegSubpopulations") :
  no features found
In addition: Warning message:
  In ogrInfo(dsn = dsn, layer = layer, encoding = encoding, use_iconv = use_iconv,  :
               ogrInfo: all features NULL

Can you think of a way to get at such data within R?

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