21 Apr 2013

Programmatically Download CORINE Land Cover Seamless Vector Data with R

Thanks to a helpful SO-Answer I was able to download all CLC vector data (43 zip-files) programmatically:








require(XML)

path_to_files <- "D:/GIS_DataBase/CorineLC/Seamless"
dir.create(path_to_files)
setwd(path_to_files)

doc <- htmlParse("http://www.eea.europa.eu/data-and-maps/data/clc-2006-vector-data-version-2")
urls <- xpathSApply(doc,'//*/a[contains(@href,".zip/at_download/file")]/@href')

# function to get zip file names
get_zip_name <- function(x) unlist(strsplit(x, "/"))[grep(".zip", unlist(strsplit(x, "/")))]

# function to plug into sapply
dl_urls <- function(x) try(download.file(x, get_zip_name(x), mode = "wb"))

# download all zip-files
sapply(urls, dl_urls)

# function for unzipping
try_unzip <- function(x) try(unzip(x))

# unzip all files in dir and delete them afterwards
sapply(list.files(pattern = "*.zip"), try_unzip)

# unlink(list.files(pattern = "*.zip"))

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