The way of google - new tools for mapping in R

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Hi everyone,

We've got a "made in Melbourne" CRAN package that will be showcased by Dave Cooley from Symbolix ( If you enjoy maps, spatial data and R, you won't want to miss this. See details below.


This month's talk is all about new techniques for mapping and spatial data in R.

The world of spatial data (in R) is changing with many new options for manipulating and viewing spatial objects (even if you have massive datasets). This month's speaker started to investigate the google developer API with a couple of simple wrappers. Now googleway is over 3000 downloads and version 2 is being released on CRAN. This talk will start with an introduction to the options for spatial data analysis in R. Then we will present some examples of googleway and (a new development package for big spatial data). We'll talk a bit about how to get started, what you can make the packages do and why we are really excited about spatial features.


Dave Cooley is the developer of googleway and works as Lead Developer at the data-science company, Symbolix. If you have interacted with Symbolix on Stackoverflow or github, you’ve probably already met him.

He spends his time wrangling data visualisations, mapping tools, android apps and mongo databases.

Rough Schedule:

5:45 - Arrive

6:00 - Networking, pizzas & drinks

6:15 - Presentation

7:30 onwards - More networking