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Geospatial Data Carpentry Capstone: Setup


This page will guide you through the setup for the Geospatial Data Carpentry workshop capstone project.


Software and packages used in this capstone are installed for the main workshop. Visit the Setup Page of the full workshop website to install the necessary software before continuing.

Set up a new project to store capstone code and data

The main workshop has you create a project called GeospatialCarp. For the capstone, you will create a second project called GeospatialCapstone.

Open RStudio. Click File and then New Project.

Next click New Directory and then New Project.

Name the directory GeospatialCapstone and save it to your desktop or another convenient location.

Move the data folder you downloaded as part of the setup into the Geospatial Capstone direcotry.

Create a second directory within the Geospatial Capstone directory called reports. This is where you will store rmd files.


Capstone data includes climate data to complement the environmental data used in the main workshop. If you would prefer to use your own data for the capstone, see the next section.

You can download the capstone data by clicking this download link. The file approximately 2MB.

The data will download as a single compressed .zip file. Expand/unzip this file so that the data folder is within your capstone directory.

For a full description of the data used in this workshop see the data page.

Other data used in the capstone project will be downloaded using R scripts. This data includes the BIOCLIM dataset.

You can read more about the BIOCLIM dataset here.

Using your own data

Advanced participants can replace some or all of the capstone data with their own data. Below are some tips for success:

Places to find data?