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The idea of reproducibility in research is fundamental, and I’d like to share some links if you haven’t heard of reproducible research yet:

If you want to get into it then R is a great choice because it is already fit for reproducible research. Just go to CRAN and check out the task view on reproducible research.

The original idea behind sos4R was very much inspired by the chance to use near-real time information and still allow reproducibility. If you think about using sos4R but don’t have high experiences with OGC Sensor Observation Services (SOS), let me know – I’m looking for good use cases for demos and publication.

This post is not about sos4R, but about an exciting project of some colleagues of mine here at ifgi. And in the (remote?) future, I think sos4R and this particular project can work together very interestingly!

I’m talking about the ifgicopter, a Mikrocopter platform equipped with a variety of sensors like a camera (for automated aerial photography) and in-situ sensors – the latter being a very interesting data source. The goal is to load a GPS track into the device which then automatically follows this path and takes photos or collects other data, of which some will be instantaneously published via the usual suspects of SWE services, SES and SOS. Of course they have a lot more ideas for the future…

In my opinion this would be a great use-case to test out the usability and show the power of an R package to query a sensor observation service, as the regular updates require repeated querying for new data. I expect that highly reusable R code can be very effective to create the same graphics again and again with constantly updated data.

Check out their Youtube video, and also a presentation at Wo-Kongress 2010 (in German).