Loading Multiple Shapefiles to the R-Console Simultaneously

September 10, 2013
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A quick tip on how to load multiple shapefiles (point shapefiles, i.e.) to the R console in one go:

library(sp)

# get all files with the .shp extension from working directory
setwd("D:/GIS_DataBase/GIS_Tirol/Tirol_Verbreitungskarten/Verbreitungs_Daten")

shps <- dir(getwd(), "*.shp")

# the assign function will take the string representing shp and turn it into a variable
# which holds the spatial points data
for (shp in shps) assign(shp, readShapePoints(shp))
# ...done

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