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R+OSGeo in higher education (Belgrade, RS)

18 Sep 2011 18:00
24 Sep 2011 14:00

Course/workshop organizer:

Objectives: Introduce participants to open source tools R+OSGeo, give some hands-on training and provide enough resources (literature, examples, datasets) so that participants can continue developing his/her skills independently. At the end of the workshop each participant will be familiar with how to install packages, load spatio-temporal data in R, reformat and analyze it, visualize it using Open Source GIS and Google Earth and write results in various formats. The leitmotiv of this course is introduction of "R+OSGeo" into higher-education systems (MSc and PhD level courses).

Target group: This is a regional edition of the GEOSTAT summer school that is held 1-2 times a year at various locations. We aim at junior researchers, university assistants and lecturers interested in using R+OSGeo for education and projects (from civil engineering to environmental protection, ecology, species distribution modelling, general computing and web-applications).

Daily programme:

DAY0 18.09.2011 Informal meeting

  • 19:00 Meeting in front of the University buidling (see picture)

DAY1 19.09.2011 Introduction to the course and first steps

  • 9:00-10:30 Introduction and course overview (T. Hengl)
  • 10:30-11:00 Coffee break
  • 11:00-12:30 News and updates (V. Olaya, D. Nüst - slides)
  • 12:30-14:00 Lunch break
  • 14:00-15:30 Software installation (T. Hengl)
  • 15:30-16:00 Coffee break
  • 16:00-17:30 First steps in R (T. Hengl)

DAY2 20.09.2011 The Open GIS day

  • 9:00-10:30 Overview of OSGeo (V. Olaya)
  • 10:30-11:00 Coffee break
  • 11:00-12:30 Demo: Sextante library for geo-processing (V. Olaya)
  • 12:30-14:00 Lunch break
  • 14:00-15:30 Software installation Sextante / SAGA GIS (V. Olaya)
  • 15:30-16:00 Coffee break
  • 16:00-17:30 Exercises (V. Olaya)

DAY3 21.09.2011 Analysis and visualization of space-time data

  • 9:00-10:30 Data formats (spatial and spacetime classes) in R (T. Hengl)
  • 10:30-11:00 Coffee break
  • 11:00-12:30 Sensor Web and sos4R - examples with live time series data (D. Nüst) - slides
  • 12:30-14:00 Lunch break
  • 14:00-15:30 plotKML - visualization of data from R to Google Earth (T. Hengl)
  • 15:30-16:00 Coffee break
  • 16:00-17:30 Exercises (T. Hengl, V. Olaya)

DAY4 22.09.2011 Programming in R - slides

  • 9:00-10:30 Programming using Eclipse - SVN and Sweave (D. Nüst)
  • 10:30-11:00 Coffee break
  • 11:00-12:30 Writing packages in R: Deconstructing packages (spacetime and sp) (D. Nüst)
  • 12:30-14:00 Lunch break
  • 14:00-15:30 Writing packages in R (cont.) (D. Nüst)
  • 15:30-16:00 Coffee break
  • 16:00-17:30 Optional: More demos, or introduction to S4 classes (D. Nüst)

DAY5 23.09.2011 Open day

  • The programme will be announced during the summer school
  • 19:30 Meeting in the front of the University building
  • 20:00 Organized dinner ("Kao kod kuce")

DAY6 24.09.2011 Excursion day

  • 9:30 Meeting in the front of the University building
  • (Kalemegdan, Avala, TV tower, Ada ciganlija)
  • 18:00 Return with a mini-bus

Location and accommodation:

 All course participants will be offered a subsidized accommodation in the vicinity of the main building (200 m).


  1. Tomislav Hengl (Tom), Senior research, ISRIC - World Soil Information, Wageningen University
  2. Victor Olaya F. (Victor), Software developer, University of Extremadura 
  3. Daniel Nüst (Daniel), University of Münster


  • Open Source GIS software (an overview)
  • Introduction to spatial analysis in R
  • Data preparation, import and reformating in R (spatial classes, space-time classes and objects)
  • Reading and writing maps (points, space-time points, lines, polygons, grids and time-series) from and to KML (Google Earth)
  • Linking R and OSGeo
  • Scripting in R using Eclipse / writing R packages
  • Sextante library and its functionality
  • Web-applications (sensor networks, sos4R)

 If you sign-up for this event it means that you are interested in attending (which gives us a good idea about the general interest). Registrations are now closed.


Faculty of Civil Engineering Belgrade
44° 48' 8.6976" N, 20° 27' 56.1636" E
GEOSTAT_Belgrade_Sept_2011.pdf3.31 MB
Day 1: Introduction to R + OSGeo4.43 MB
Registrations (ODBC)78.3 KB
r-osgeo-dn.pdf2.83 MB
r-osgeo_belgrade_2011_day03_sos4R.pdf1.48 MB
r-osgeo_begrade_2011_day04_programming.pdf971.39 KB
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