This vignette demonstrates how to use DataPackageR to build a data package.
DataPackageR aims to simplify data package construction.
It provides mechanisms for reproducibly preprocessing and tidying raw data into into documented, versioned, and packaged analysis-ready data sets.
Long-running or computationally intensive data processing can be decoupled from the usual
R CMD build process while maintinaing data lineage.
In this vignette we will subset and package the
mtcars data set.
library(DataPackageR) # Let's reproducibly package up # the cars in the mtcars dataset # with speed > 20. # Our dataset will be called cars_over_20. # Get the code file that turns the raw data # to our packaged and processed analysis-ready dataset. processing_code <- system.file("extdata", "tests", "subsetCars.Rmd", package = "DataPackageR") # Create the package framework. DataPackageR::datapackage_skeleton(name = "mtcars20", force = TRUE, code_files = processing_code, r_object_names = "cars_over_20", path = tempdir() #dependencies argument is empty #raw_data_dir argument is empty. ) ✔ Creating '/tmp/RtmpNGp8DC/mtcars20/' ✔ Setting active project to '/tmp/RtmpNGp8DC/mtcars20' ✔ Creating 'R/' ✔ Writing 'DESCRIPTION' ✔ Writing 'NAMESPACE' ✔ Setting active project to '<no active project>' ✔ Setting active project to '/tmp/RtmpNGp8DC/mtcars20' ✔ Creating 'data-raw/' ✔ Creating 'data/' ✔ Creating 'inst/extdata/'
This has created a datapackage source tree named “mtcars20” (in a temporary directory). For a real use case you would pick a
path on your filesystem where you could then initialize a new github repository for the package.
The contents of
levelName 1 mtcars20 2 ¦--data 3 ¦--data-raw 4 ¦ °--subsetCars.Rmd 5 ¦--datapackager.yml 6 ¦--DESCRIPTION 7 ¦--inst 8 ¦ °--extdata 9 ¦--R 10 °--Read-and-delete-me
You should fill out the
DESCRIPTION file to describe your data package. It contains a new
DataVersion string that will be automatically incremented when the data package is built if the packaged data has changed.
The user-provided code files reside in
data-raw. They are executed during the data package build process.
datapackager.yml file is used to configure and control the build process.
The contents are:
configuration: files: subsetCars.Rmd: enabled: yes objects: cars_over_20 render_root: tmp: '8072'
The two main pieces of information in the configuration are a list of the files to be processed and the data sets the package will store.
This example packages an R data set named
cars_over_20 (the name was passed in to
datapackage_skeleton()). It is created by the
The objects must be listed in the yaml configuration file.
datapackage_skeleton() ensures this is done for you automatically.
DataPackageR provides an API for modifying this file, so it does not need to be done by hand.
Further information on the contents of the YAML configuration file, and the API are in the YAML Configuration Details
Raw data (provided the size is not prohibitive) can be placed in
datapackage_skeleton() API has the
raw_data_dir argument, which will copy the contents of
raw_data_dir (and its subdirectories) into
In this example we are reading the
mtcars data set that is already in memory, rather than from the file system.
As stated in the README, in order for your processing scripts to be portable, you should not use absolute paths to files. DataPackageR provides an API to point to the data package root directory and the
data subdirectories. These are useful for constructing portable paths in your code to read files from these locations.
For example: to construct a path to a file named “mydata.csv” located in
inst/extdata in your data package source tree:
Rmdfile. This would return: e.g., /tmp/RtmpNGp8DC/mtcars20/inst/extdata/mydata.csv
DataPackageR::project_path()constructs a path to the data package root directory. (e.g., /tmp/RtmpNGp8DC/mtcars20)
DataPackageR::project_data_path()constructs a path to the data package
datasubdirectory. (e.g., /tmp/RtmpNGp8DC/mtcars20/data)
Raw data sets that are stored externally (outside the data package source tree) can be constructed relative to the
If your processing scripts are Rmd files, the usual yaml header for rmarkdown documents should be present.
If you have Rmd files, you can still include a yaml header, but it should be commented with
#' and it should be at the top of your R file. For example, a test R file in the DataPackageR package looks as follows:
#'--- #'title: Sample report from R script #'author: Greg Finak #'date: August 1, 2018 #'--- data <- runif(100)
This will be converted to an Rmd file with a proper yaml header, which will then be turned into a vignette and indexed in the built package.
Once the skeleton framework is set up,
# Run the preprocessing code to build cars_over_20 # and reproducibly enclose it in a package. dir.create(file.path(tempdir(),"lib")) DataPackageR:::package_build(file.path(tempdir(),"mtcars20"), install = TRUE, lib = file.path(tempdir(),"lib")) ✔ 1 data set(s) created by subsetCars.Rmd • cars_over_20 ☘ Built all datasets! Non-interactive NEWS.md file update. ✔ Creating 'vignettes/' ✔ Creating 'inst/doc/' First time using roxygen2. Upgrading automatically... Loading mtcars20 Writing NAMESPACE Writing mtcars20.Rd Writing cars_over_20.Rd checking for file ‘/tmp/RtmpNGp8DC/mtcars20/DESCRIPTION’ ... ✔ checking for file ‘/tmp/RtmpNGp8DC/mtcars20/DESCRIPTION’ (344ms) ─ preparing ‘mtcars20’: checking DESCRIPTION meta-information ... ✔ checking DESCRIPTION meta-information ─ checking for LF line-endings in source and make files and shell scripts ─ checking for empty or unneeded directories NB: this package now depends on R (>= 3.5.0) WARNING: Added dependency on R >= 3.5.0 because serialized objects in serialize/load version 3 cannot be read in older versions of R. File(s) containing such objects: ‘mtcars20/data/cars_over_20.rda’ ─ building ‘mtcars20_1.0.tar.gz’ Reloading attached mtcars20 Warning in library(package, lib.loc = lib.loc, character.only = TRUE, logical.return = TRUE, : there is no package called 'mtcars20' Next Steps 1. Update your package documentation. - Edit the documentation.R file in the package source data-raw subdirectory and update the roxygen markup. - Rebuild the package documentation with document() . 2. Add your package to source control. - Call git init . in the package source root directory. - git add the package files. - git commit your new package. - Set up a github repository for your pacakge. - Add the github repository as a remote of your local package repository. - git push your local repository to gitub.  "/tmp/RtmpNGp8DC/mtcars20_1.0.tar.gz"
When you build a package in interactive mode, you will be prompted to input text describing the changes to your data package (one line).
These will appear in the NEWS.md file in the following format:
DataVersion: xx.yy.zz ======== A description of your changes to the package [The rest of the file]
If the processing script is time consuming or the data set is particularly large, then
R CMD build would run the code each time the package is installed. In such cases, raw data may not be available, or the environment to do the data processing may not be set up for each user of the data. DataPackageR decouples data processing from package building/installation for data consumers.
DataPackageR uses the
futile.logger package to log progress.
If there are errors in the processing, the script will notify you via logging to console and to
/private/tmp/Test/inst/extdata/Logfiles/processing.log. Errors should be corrected and the build repeated.
If everything goes smoothly, you will have a new package built in the parent directory.
In this case we have a new package
The pacakge source directory changes after the first build.
levelName 1 mtcars20 2 ¦--data 3 ¦ °--cars_over_20.rda 4 ¦--data-raw 5 ¦ ¦--documentation.R 6 ¦ °--subsetCars.Rmd 7 ¦--DATADIGEST 8 ¦--datapackager.yml 9 ¦--DESCRIPTION 10 ¦--inst 11 ¦ ¦--doc 12 ¦ ¦ ¦--subsetCars.html 13 ¦ ¦ °--subsetCars.Rmd 14 ¦ °--extdata 15 ¦ °--Logfiles 16 ¦ ¦--processing.log 17 ¦ °--subsetCars.html 18 ¦--man 19 ¦ ¦--cars_over_20.Rd 20 ¦ °--mtcars20.Rd 21 ¦--NAMESPACE 22 ¦--NEWS.md 23 ¦--R 24 ¦ °--mtcars20.R 25 ¦--Read-and-delete-me 26 °--vignettes 27 °--subsetCars.Rmd
After the first build, the
R directory contains
mtcars.R that has autogenerated
roxygen2 markup documentation for the data package and for the packaged data
Rd files can be found in
The autogenerated documentation source is in the
documentation.R file in
You should update this file to properly document your objects. Then rebuild the documentation:
dir.create(file.path(tempdir(),"lib")) # a temporary library directory Warning in dir.create(file.path(tempdir(), "lib")): '/tmp/RtmpNGp8DC/lib' already exists document(file.path(tempdir(),"mtcars20"), lib = file.path(tempdir(),"lib")) Updating mtcars20 documentation Loading mtcars20 Warning in library(package, lib.loc = lib.loc, character.only = TRUE, logical.return = TRUE, : there is no package called 'mtcars20'  TRUE
This is done without reprocessing the data.
You should update the documentation in
R/mtcars.R, then call
The package source also contains files in the
inst/doc directories that provide a log of the data processing.
When the package is installed, these will be accessible via the
The vignette will detail the processing performed by the
subsetCars.Rmd processing script.
The data set documentation will be accessible via
?cars_over_20, and the data sets via
# create a temporary library to install into. dir.create(file.path(tempdir(),"lib")) Warning in dir.create(file.path(tempdir(), "lib")): '/tmp/RtmpNGp8DC/lib' already exists # Let's use the package we just created. install.packages(file.path(tempdir(),"mtcars20_1.0.tar.gz"), type = "source", repos = NULL, lib = file.path(tempdir(),"lib")) lns <- loadNamespace if (!"package:mtcars20"%in%search()) attachNamespace(lns('mtcars20',lib.loc = file.path(tempdir(),"lib"))) #use library() in your code data("cars_over_20") # load the data cars_over_20 # now we can use it. speed dist 44 22 66 45 23 54 46 24 70 47 24 92 48 24 93 49 24 120 50 25 85 ?cars_over_20 # See the documentation you wrote in data-raw/documentation.R. vignettes <- vignette(package = "mtcars20", lib.loc = file.path(tempdir(),"lib")) vignettes$results Package LibPath Item Topic "mtcars20" "/tmp/RtmpNGp8DC/lib" "subsetCars" Title Topic "A Test Document for DataPackageR (source, html)"
Your downstream data analysis can depend on a specific version of the data in your data package by testing the DataVersion string in the DESCRIPTION file.
We provide an API for this:
# We can easily check the version of the data DataPackageR::data_version("mtcars20", lib.loc = file.path(tempdir(),"lib"))  '0.1.0' # You can use an assert to check the data version in reports and # analyses that use the packaged data. assert_data_version(data_package_name = "mtcars20", version_string = "0.1.0", acceptable = "equal", lib.loc = file.path(tempdir(),"lib")) #If this fails, execution stops #and provides an informative error.
Version 1.12.0 has moved away from controlling the build process using
datasets.R and an additional
The build process is now controlled via a
datapackager.yml configuration file located in the package root directory. (see YAML Configuration Details)
You can migrate an old package by constructing such a config file using the
# assume I have file1.Rmd and file2.R located in /data-raw, # and these create 'object1' and 'object2' respectively. config <- construct_yml_config(code = c("file1.Rmd", "file2.R"), data = c("object1", "object2")) cat(yaml::as.yaml(config)) configuration: files: file1.Rmd: enabled: yes file2.R: enabled: yes objects: - object1 - object2 render_root: tmp: '244377'
config is a newly constructed yaml configuration object. It can be written to the package directory:
Now the package at
path_to_package will build with version 1.12.0 or greater.
In versions prior to 1.12.1 we would read data sets from
inst/extdata in an
Rmd script using paths relative to
data-raw in the data package source tree.
R scripts are processed in
render_root defined in the yaml config.
To read a raw data set we can get the path to the package source directory using an API call:
# DataPackageR::project_extdata_path() returns the path to the data package inst/extdata subdirectory directory. # DataPackageR::project_path() returns the path to the data package root directory. # DataPackageR::project_data_path() returns the path to the data package data subdirectory directory. read.csv( DataPackageR::project_extdata_path("myfile.csv") )
We can also perform partial builds of a subset of files in a package by toggling the
enabled key in the config file.
This can be done with the following API:
config <- yml_disable_compile(config,filenames = "file2.R") yml_write(config, path = path_to_package) # write modified yml to the package. configuration: files: file1.Rmd: enabled: yes file2.R: enabled: no objects: - object1 - object2 render_root: tmp: '244377'
Note that the modified configuration needs to be written back to the package source directory in order for the changes to take effect.
The consequence of toggling a file to
enable: no is that it will be skipped when the package is rebuilt, but the data will still be retained in the package, and the documentation will not be altered.
This is useful in situations where we have multiple data sets, and want to re-run one script to update a specific data set, but not the other scripts because they may be too time consuming, for example.
We may have situations where we have mutli-script pipelines. There are two ways to share data among scripts.
The yaml configuration property
render_root specifies the working directory where scripts will be rendered.
If a script writes files to the working directory, that is where files will appear. These can be read by subsequent scripts.
A script (e.g.,
script2.Rmd) running after
script1.Rmd can access a stored data object named
script1_dataset created by
script1.Rmd by calling
script1_dataset <- DataPackageR::datapackager_object_read("script1_dataset").
Passing of data objects amongst scripts can be turned off via:
We recommend the following once your package is created.
You now have a data package source tree.
git initin the package source root to initialize a new git repository.
github. see step 7
This will let you version control your data processing code, and provide a mechanism for sharing your package with others.
We provide some additional details for the interested.
DataPackageR calculates an md5 checksum of each data object it stores, and keeps track of them in a file called
DataVersionstring has been incremented in the
DATADIGEST file contains the following:
DataVersion: 0.1.0 cars_over_20: 3ccb5b0aaa74fe7cfc0d3ca6ab0b5cf3
The description file has the new
Package: mtcars20 Title: What the Package Does (One Line, Title Case) Version: 1.0 [email protected]: person(given = "First", family = "Last", role = c("aut", "cre"), email = "[email protected]", comment = c(ORCID = "YOUR-ORCID-ID")) Description: What the package does (one paragraph). License: `use_mit_license()`, `use_gpl3_license()` or friends to pick a license Encoding: UTF-8 LazyData: true Roxygen: list(markdown = TRUE) RoxygenNote: 7.1.1 DataVersion: 0.1.0 Date: 2020-10-19 Suggests: knitr, rmarkdown VignetteBuilder: knitr