An R package 📦 for searching & retrieving data from the B.C. Data Catalogue.
bcdc_browse()- Open the catalogue in your default browser
bcdc_search()- Search records in the catalogue
bcdc_search_facets()- List catalogue facet search options
bcdc_get_record()- Print a catalogue record
bcdc_tidy_resources()- Get a data frame of resources for a record
bcdc_get_data()- Get catalogue data
bcdc_query_geodata()- Get & query catalogue geospatial data available through a Web Feature Service
bcdata package supports downloading most file types, including zip archives. It will do its best to identify and read data from zip files, however if there are multiple data files in the zip, or data files that
bcdata doesn’t know how to import, it will fail. If you encounter a file type in the B.C. Data Catalogue not currently supported by
bcdata please file an issue.
You can install
bcdata directly from CRAN:
To install the development version from GitHub, use the remotes package:
If you are an authorized editor of the B.C. Data Catalogue you may want to access records that are not publicly available (e.g., in DRAFT, waiting to be published). This can be done by authenticating with the catalogue with an API key.
Important Note: Your API key is like a password and you must take care to keep it private. Do not share it, and be careful to not include it in any scripts or accidentally commit it to GitHub.
You can log in to the catalogue to obtain your API key, then store it as an environment variable in your
.Renviron file. The environment variable must be called
BCDC_KEY, set like this:
This way, the relevant bcdata functions will read that key and use it to authorize your calls to the catalogue, allowing you to access additional records that you are authorized to see if you were logged into the catalogue web interface. Functions that benefit from this are:
To report bugs/issues/feature requests, please file an issue.
If you would like to contribute to the package, please see our CONTRIBUTING guidelines.
Please note that this project is released with a Contributor Code of Conduct. By participating in this project you agree to abide by its terms.
Copyright 2018 Province of British Columbia
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This project was created using the bcgovr package.