We are pleased to announce the introduction of the gooJSON package for R by Lab member Chris Marcum, a new software tool developed as part of the Lab’s NSF funded research on social networks and geography (NSF BCS-0827027). gooJSON is a suite of helper functions for obtaining data from the Google Maps API JSON objects. There are currently various packages for providing an R interface to the Google Maps API. However, this is the first package that returns data from geocode queries (place names, accuracy codes, coordinates, et cetera) passed as JSON objects. Both native calls to the API (R internet access required) and JSON files saved onto the users hard-drive are supported. Users may supply a Google Maps API key to directly query the API from R. Depends on the rjson package. An updated version that also parses XML and KML will be available soon.