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The galah package supports large data downloads, and also interfaces with the ALA which requires that users of some services provide a registered email address and reason for downloading data. The galah_config function provides a way to manage these issues as simply as possible.





Options can be defined using the form name = "value". Valid arguments are:

  • api-key string: A registered API key (currently unused).

  • atlas string: Living Atlas to point to, Australia by default. Can be an organisation name, acronym, or region (see show_all_atlases() for admissible values)

  • directory string: the directory to use for the cache. By default this is a temporary directory, which means that results will only be cached within an R session and cleared automatically when the user exits R. The user may wish to set this to a non-temporary directory for caching across sessions. The directory must exist on the file system.

  • download_reason_id numeric or string: the "download reason" required. by some ALA services, either as a numeric ID (currently 0--13) or a string (see show_all(reasons) for a list of valid ID codes and names). By default this is NA. Some ALA services require a valid download_reason_id code, either specified here or directly to the associated R function.

  • email string: An email address that has been registered with the chosen atlas. For the ALA, you can register at this address.

  • password string: A registered password (GBIF only)

  • run_checks logical: should galah run checks for filters and columns. If making lots of requests sequentially, checks can slow down the process and lead to HTTP 500 errors, so should be turned off. Defaults to TRUE.

  • send_email logical: should you receive an email for each query to atlas_occurrences()? Defaults to FALSE; but can be useful in some instances, for example for tracking DOIs assigned to specific downloads for later citation.

  • username string: A registered username (GBIF only)

  • verbose logical: should galah give verbose such as progress bars? Defaults to FALSE.


For galah_config(), a list of all options. When galah_config(...) is called with arguments, nothing is returned but the configuration is set.


if (FALSE) {
# To download occurrence records, enter your email in `galah_config()`. 
# This email should be registered with the atlas in question. 
galah_config(email = "")
# Turn on caching in your session
galah_config(caching = TRUE)
# Some ALA services require that you add a reason for downloading data. 
# Add your selected reason using the option `download_reason_id`
galah_config(download_reason_id = 0)

# To look up all valid reasons to enter, use `show_all(reasons)`

# Make debugging in your session easier by setting `verbose = TRUE`
galah_config(verbose = TRUE)