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Including Link to Gapminder data in Setup or Extras #329

cmaimone opened this Issue Dec 5, 2017 · 6 comments


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cmaimone commented Dec 5, 2017

It would be very useful to have a link to the gapminder data for download included on the Setup section of the course site, or, if you don't want people downloading it beforehand, in at least the Extras section. Currently, this data is first downloaded during a Challenge in Episode 2, which an instructor may or may not actually do.

Everytime I go through this material, I have to search to find the link to the data, which sometimes I send to people to download ahead of time if there may be internet connection issues.

I'm happy to submit a PR adding the link the Extras section if this change is OK to make.


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naupaka commented Jan 8, 2018

Definitely would be great to add this to the Extras section. PR for that would be most welcome.


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cengel commented Mar 8, 2018

This issue is still open, but I see that links to gapminder data seem to be in the Extras section under "Pulling in Data". One has to scroll down, so perhaps not that easy to find.


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naupaka commented Mar 9, 2018

Thanks for pointing that out @cengel. I think it's probably fine to have it in the Extras, but I also think it's time to remove the bit about

git remote add data
git pull data master

which is from the antecedent material that became these lessons. Would be better to have the materials be pulled directly from a carpentries repo.


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jcoliver commented Mar 9, 2018

Would it be possible to also have a good old fashioned URL, too? Even if it was shortened (like a tinyurl, oh, hey, look, there's one here:, in case folks don't want to go the Git route...


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raynamharris commented Jul 7, 2018

@jcoliver How would you instruct the user to get the data from into R? Copy, paste, save, read? Or with something like:

gapminder <- fread('')

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jcoliver commented Jul 7, 2018

@raynamharris I'll usually have folks download the file by entering the URL into a browser window (and doing "Save as..." if not automatically prompted to save the file), but

download.file(url = "", destfile = "data/gapminder-FiveYearData.csv")
gapminder <- read.csv(file = "data/gapminder-FiveYearData.csv")

should work, too.

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