Skip to main content

Link2GI - consistent linking of Open Source GIS with R

The mature open source Geographic Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) software like QGIS, GRASS GIS and SAGA GIS provide comprehensive and continually growing collections of highly sophisticated algorithms that are mostly fast, stable and usually well proofed by the community. Although a number of R wrappers aim to bridge this gap (eg rgrass7, RSAGA, RQGIS), they are not that easy to setup for a smooth workflow if one has to work with restricted rights, parallel installations of the same GIS software or cross platform working environments.

The package link2GI provides a small framework for easy linking of R to major GIS software. Here, linking simply means to provide all necessary environment settings as well as full access to the command line APIs of these software tools.