A data frame of place names can be filtered according to name, geographic location, feature type, or other criteria. All text-related matches are by default treated as regular expressions and are case-insensitive: you can change this behaviour via the ignore_case and as_regex parameters.

an_filter(gaz, query, feature_ids, extent, feature_type, origin,
  origin_gazetteer, ignore_case = TRUE, as_regex = TRUE)



data.frame or SpatialPointsDataFrame: as returned by an_read or an_preferred


character: vector of place name terms to search for. Returned place names will be those that match all entries in query


numeric: return only place names associated with the features identified by these identifiers. Currently these values can only be scar_common_id values


vector of c(longitude_min, longitude_max, latitude_min, latitude_max): if provided, search only for names within this bounding box. extent can also be passed as a raster Extent object, a Raster object (in which case its extent will be used), a Spatial object (in which case the bounding box of the object will be used as the extent), or a matrix (in which case it will be assumed to be the output of sp::bbox)


string: return only place names corresponding to feature types matching this pattern. For valid feature type names see an_feature_types


string: return only place names originating from bodies (countries or organisations) matching this pattern. For valid origin values see link{an_origins}


string: return only place names originating from gazetteers matching this pattern. For valid gazetteer names see an_gazetteers


logical: if TRUE, use case-insensitive text matching


logical: if TRUE, treat query and other string input parameters as regular expressions. If FALSE, they will be treated as fixed strings to match against


data.frame of results


https://data.aad.gov.au/aadc/gaz/scar/, https://www.scar.org/data-products/place-names/

See also


if (FALSE) { g <- an_read(cache = "session") ## simple search for any place name containing the word 'William' an_filter(g, query = "William") ## which bodies (countries or organisations) provided the names in our data? an_origins(g) ## find names containing "William" and originating from Australia or the USA an_filter(g, query = "William", origin = "Australia|United States of America") ## this search will return no matches ## because the actual place name is 'William Scoresby Archipelago' an_filter(g, query = "William Archipelago") ## we can split the search terms so that each is matched separately an_filter(g, query = c("William", "Archipelago")) ## or use a regular expression an_filter(g, query = "William .* Archipelago") ## or refine the search using feature type an_filter(g, query = "William", feature_type = "Archipelago") ## what feature types do we have in our data? an_feature_types(g) ## for more complex text searching, use regular expressions ## e.g. names matching "West" or "East" an_filter(g, query = "West|East") ## names starting with "West" or "East" an_filter(g, query = "^(West|East)") ## names with "West" or "East" appearing as complete words in the name ## ["\\b" matches a word boundary: see help("regex") ] an_filter(g, query = "\\b(West|East)\\b") ## filtering by spatial extent nms <- an_filter(g, extent = c(100, 120, -70, -65), origin = "Australia") with(nms, plot(longitude, latitude)) with(nms, text(longitude, latitude, place_name)) ## searching within the extent of an sp object my_sp <- sp::SpatialPoints(cbind(c(100, 120), c(-70, -65))) an_filter(g, extent = my_sp) ## or equivalently an_filter(g, extent = bbox(my_sp)) ## or using the sp form of the gazetteer data gsp <- an_read(cache = "session", sp = TRUE) an_filter(gsp, extent = my_sp) ## using the pipe operator g %>% an_filter(query = "Ross", feature_type = "Ice shelf|Mountain") g %>% an_near(loc = c(100, -66), max_distance = 20) %>% an_filter(feature_type = "Island") ## find all names for feature 1589 and the naming ## authority for each name an_filter(g, feature_ids = 1589)[, c("place_name", "origin")] }