The DANTE toolkit aims to address a range of technical issues that present common barriers to data analysts working within the interdisciplinary environment-security research sector. While there is an abundance of web based mapping and other exploratory data services, there is a dearth of tools and materials for intermediate or advanced users. At present DANTE maintains multiple R packages developed to assist with laborious tasks in applied political, environmental, and geo sciences. These include:

  • Provide ready access to relevant literature documenting analytic methods, datasets, and toolkits.

  • Acquire and maintain regularly updated datasets.

  • Harmonize datasets by performing country/administrative code matching, translation between incompatible units of analysis, and resolving differences in temporal and spatial resolution.

  • Perform integrated analysis of tabular, geospatial feature, and geospatial raster data.

  • Relay and demonstrate the principles of open science and reproducible research.

  • Provide well documented vignettes and end-to-end analytic use cases.

Although DANTE currently focuses on the R statistical computing platform, contributions from other open source platforms are welcomed. The DANTE project has multiple R packages in early development. 

Harmonize country codes and classifications

Access UN migration data from their API

Demonstrate open and reproducible science

Acquire international conflict data

Fast and accurate zonal statistics with R

Connect to the SEDAC API


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