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AP R Cookiecutter

This is a project template powered by Cookiecutter for use with datakit-project.


├── .Rprofile
├── .gitignore
├── analysis
│   └── archive
│   └── markdown
├── data
│   ├── documentation
│   ├── handmade
│   ├── html_reports
│   ├── processed
│   ├── public
│   └── source
├── etl
├── publish
├── scratch
├── viz
└── {{cookiecutter.project_slug}}.Rproj
  • .Rprofile
    • Stores environment variables for local R projects.
  • .gitignore
    • Ignores packrat and R user profile temporary files.
    • Project-specific readme with boilerplate for data projects.
    • Includes sourcing details and places to explain how to replicate/remake the project.
  • analysis
    • R code that involves analysis on already-cleaned data. Code for cleaning data should go in etl.
      • Multiple analysis files are numbered sequentially.
      • If we are sharing the data, last analysis script is called make_dw_files.R to write_csv to public folder.
    • analysis/archive
      • Any analyses for story threads that are no longer being investigated are placed here for reference.
    • analysis/markdown
  • data
    • This is the directory used with our datakit-data plugin.
    • data/documentation
      • Documentation on data files should go here - data dictionaries, manuals, interview notes.
    • data/handmade
      • Manually created data sets by reporters go here.
    • data/html_reports
      • Any HTML reports or pages generated by code should go here. These are usually RMarkdown reports for sharing with reporters.
    • data/processed
      • Data that has been processed by scripts in this project and is clean and ready for analysis goes here.
    • data/public
      • Public-facing data files (i.e., final datasets we share with reporters/make accessible) go here - data files which are 'live'.
    • data/source
      • Original data from sources goes here.
  • etl
    • ETL (extract, transform, load) scripts for reading in source data and cleaning and standardizing it to prepare for analysis go here.
      • Multiple etl files are numbered.
      • Joins are included in etl process.
      • Last step of ETL process is to output an RDS file to data/processed.
        • naming convention: etl_WHATEVERNAME.rds
  • publish
    • This directory holds all documents in the project that will be public facing (e.g. RMarkdown files).
  • scratch
    • This directory contains scratch materials that will not be used in the project at the end.
    • Common cases are filtered tables or quick visualizations for reporters.
    • This directory is not tracked in git.
  • viz
    • Graphics and visualization development specific work such as web interactive code should go here.
  • {{cookiecutter.project_slug}}.Rproj
    • This is the .Rproj file that can be used with RStudio to work within the project.


You will need to clone this repository to ~/.cookiecutters/ (make the directory if it doesn't exist):

cd path/to/.cookiecutters
git clone

Then, use datakit project:

datakit project create --template cookiecutter-r-project

If you'd like to avoid specifying the template each time, you can edit ~/.datakit/plugins/datakit-project/config.json to use this template by default:

{"default_template": "/Users/lfenn/.cookiecutters/cookiecutter-r-project"}


You can set the default name, email, etc. for a project in the cookiecutter.json file.


Basic cookiecutter template for R projects








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