Six R packages which contain the 2000 US Census spatial data at four different geographies (Block, Block Group, Tract, and Census Designated Places), includes selected demographics, and a series of functions dedicated to managing and manipulating the data. These data sets and helper functions can be found on this website on CRAN.
We are pleased to announce the release of scrapeR, a new software package for the R computing platform created by NCASD lab member Ryan Acton. The scrapeR package contains tools that assist with the extraction of information embedded in web pages. With this new tool, users can automate the retrieval of information from web-based sources and diagnose potential problems. Researchers familiar with R will likely find this tool helpful, as it allows for the collection of data entirely within the R environment. This, combined with the powerful data analytic capabilities available to R users, makes this an attractive piece of software. The scrapeR package is available for download here.