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README.md

caRtociudad

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R package to query Cartociudad API. The API is documented here.

The Cartociudad API provides geograhical services not unlike Google Maps (geocoding, reverse geocoding, routes, maps, etc.). The major differences are:

  • Cartociudad only covers Spain.
  • As opposed to other services, such as Google Maps, the service is unlimited and free. There are no quota limits or API registration procedures.

The package has been designed to be as compatible as possible with well known R libraries, such as ggmap.

Installation

library(devtools)
install_github("rOpenSpain/caRtociudad")

Geocoding

# using full address
my.address <- cartociudad_geocode("plaza de cascorro 11, 28005 madrid")
print(my.address)

Reverse geocoding

Function cartociudad_reverse_geocode returns the address details of a location.

cartociudad_reverse_geocode(40.45332, -3.69442)

Mapping

Function get_cartociudadmap downloads static maps from Cartociudad servers and tries to imitate the behaviour of ggmap::get_googlemap. The query below returns a map that can be then plotted using ggmap after possibly adding other features (points, segments, paths, etc.). The second parameter in the call to get_cartociudadmap indicates that the map will cover an area of an approximate radius of 1 km.

soria <- cartociudad_geocode("ayuntamiento soria")
soria_map <- cartociudad_get_map(c(soria$lat, soria$lng), 1)
ggmap::ggmap(soria_map)

Cartociudad maps can include different kinds of layers, such as postal codes or cadastral references. The full list of available layers can be consulted in the API reference manual.

Area

Function get_cartociudad_area calculates the area given a point and a radius in meters. E.g.,

library(ggplot2)
library(ggmap)

vallecas.lat <- 40.3930144
vallecas.lon <- -3.6596683
map <- cartociudad_get_map(c(vallecas.lat, vallecas.lon), 1)
polygon <- cartociudad_get_area(vallecas.lat, vallecas.lon, 500)
ggmap(map) +
  geom_polygon(data = polygon, aes(x = longitude, y = latitude), colour = "red", fill = NA)

draws a polygon around the given center in a map.

Location info

Function get_cartociudad_location_info provides administrative information on a point indicated by its coordinates. E.g.,

get_cartociudad_location_info(40.473219, -3.7227241)

indicates the reverse geocoding details, censal section, censal district, cadastral information and the url to the spanish cadastre website associated to the point.

Data usage license

The data returned by this package is provided by IGN web services and implies the user's acceptance of a CC-BY 4.0 license. More info available here.

TODO

Add extra API functionalities to the package.

Help wanted!

If you want to help extend the package, do write to the maintainer and submit your code. It will be reviewed you will be added to the list of authors.

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