Today I am happy to announce the R Shapefile Contest. The goal of the contest is to encourage and promote high quality work at the intersection of R and GIS (Geographic Information Systems). The winner of the contest will:
In many ways this contest is a follow up to the R Election Analysis Contest (1, 2), which I ran in March, and was the first contest that I ran. That contest was so successful that I decided to run another one!
Over the last few years I’ve written several R packages, and published several analyses, that use R and shapefiles to make choropleth maps. While I’m happy with this work, I also feel that making choropleth maps is only a sliver of what R can do with shapefiles. I’m creating this contest specifically to promote analyses in R that use shapefiles to do something other than create choropleth maps.
For reference, here is a sample of choropleth maps that I’ve created in the last year:
If you’d like to learn more about this area, and get a feel for the kind of analyses that are possible, then I recommend these two books:
Entering the contest is easy. Just:
Regarding publishing your entry: If you don’t have a blog of your own, you can use rPubs, which is free.
Your entry must contain code that works and use data that other people can load. Think of yourself as both writing an analysis and teaching other people how you did it.
I will announce the winner on my blog on Monday, August 1 2016.
Besides submitting an entry, the best way to support the contest is to raise awareness of it. Some easy ways to do that are:
A few people have asked if they can submit entries that use the GeoPackage format rather than the Shapefile format. The answer is yes: any file format is fine. The intent of the contest is simply to raise awareness of using R for a broad array of geospatial analysis tasks. The reason why I named the contest the “R Shapefile Contest” is that, at the time of writing, I was only aware of the Shapefile format.