ScienceBase R Tools

Tools for interfacing R with ScienceBase data services.

Package Description

This package provides a rich interface to USGS’s ScienceBase, a data cataloging and collaborative data management platform. For further information, see the sbtools manuscript in The R Journal (USGS IP-075498). See citation('sbtools') for how to cite the package.

  Winslow, LA, S Chamberlain, AP Appling, and JS Read. 2016. sbtools: 
  A package connecting R to cloud-based data for collaborative online 
  research. The R Journal 8:387-398.

Package source code DOI:

Linux Test Coverage

Current CRAN information

Version Monthly Downloads Total Downloads
CRAN version

Package Installation

To install the sbtools package, you must be using R 3.0 or greater and run the following command:


To get cutting-edge changes, install from GitHub using the devtools packages:


Reporting bugs

Please consider reporting bugs and asking questions on the Issues page:

Release Procedure

For release of the sbtools package, a number of steps are required.

  1. Ensure all checks pass and code coverage is adequate.
  2. Ensure reflects updates in version.
  3. Update DESCRIPTION to reflect release version.
  4. Convert to approved language and rebuild README.Rmd.
  5. Create release candidate branch and commit release candidate.
  6. Build source package and upload to CRAN.
  7. Once accepted to CRAN, tag release candidate branch an push to repositories.
  8. Change back to development mode and increment description version.
  9. Merge release candidate and commit.
  10. Open PR/MR in development state.


This software is preliminary or provisional and is subject to revision. It is being provided to meet the need for timely best science. The software has not received final approval by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). No warranty, expressed or implied, is made by the USGS or the U.S. Government as to the functionality of the software and related material nor shall the fact of release constitute any such warranty. The software is provided on the condition that neither the USGS nor the U.S. Government shall be held liable for any damages resulting from the authorized or unauthorized use of the software.