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FedData version 3.0 is about to be released to CRAN. There are several breaking changes in the FedData API from version 2.x. Please see
for a list of changes.

FedData is an R package implementing functions to automate downloading geospatial data available from several federated data sources.

Currently, the package enables extraction from seven datasets:

This package is designed with the large-scale geographic information system (GIS) use-case in mind: cases where the use of dynamic web-services is impractical due to the scale (spatial and/or temporal) of analysis. It functions primarily as a means of downloading tiled or otherwise spatially-defined datasets; additionally, it can preprocess those datasets by extracting data within an area of interest (AoI), defined spatially. It relies heavily on the sp, raster, and rgdal packages.

This package has been built and tested on a source (Homebrew) install of R on macOS 10.14 (High Sierra), and has been successfully run on Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS (Trusty), Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS (Xenial) and binary installs of R on Mac OS 10.14 and Windows 10.



  • Dylan Beaudette - USDA-NRCS Soil Survey Office, Sonora, CA
  • Scott Chamberlain - ROpenSci and Museum of Paleontology at UC Berkeley


This demonstration script is available as an R Markdown document in the GitHub repository:

Get and plot the National Land Cover Dataset for the study area


This package is a product of SKOPE (Synthesizing Knowledge of Past Environments) and the Village Ecodynamics Project through grants awarded to the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center and Washington State University by the National Science Foundation. This software is licensed under the MIT license.

FedData was reviewed for rOpenSci by @jooolia, and was greatly improved as a result. rOpenSci on-boarding was coordinated by @sckott.