Next Level Web Scraping

November 5, 2011

(This article was first published on theBioBucket*, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

The outcome presented above will not be very useful to most of you – still, this could be a good example for what possibly can be done via web scraping in R.

Background: TIRIS is the federal geo-statistical service of North-Tyrol, Austria. One of many great things it provides are historical and recent aerial photographs. These photographs can be addressed via URL’s. This is the basis of the script: the URL’s are retrieved, some parameters are adjusted, using the customized addresses images are downloaded and animated by saveHTML from the Animation-Package. The outcome (HTML-Animation) enables you to view and skip through aerial photographs of any location in North-Tyrol, from the year 1940 to 2010, and see how the landscape, buildings, etc. have changed…

View the script HERE.

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