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I've have been using R with Leaflet and Shiny to produce a web map that is accessible to the public online. It is a real-time air temperature map of Tasmania, Australia based on current Bureau or meteorology weather station observations. You can view a prototype here: http://144.6.226.103/shiny/

Is it possible to make this map available for use as a Web Map Service (WMS) using Shiny and Leaflet packages in R?

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To do in R you'd have to write a web server that handled the WMS protocol - there's all sorts of requests that the server would have to understand:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_Map_Service

It will probably be easier to use Geoserver or QGIS Server to create a WMS server that serves your data.

Another possibility may be to render it to tiles and serve it as a tile layer in your shiny app, but you'd first have to do the rendering - there's a QGIS plugin that can do this for a given raster at a set of zoom scales, but that wouldn't be a WMS service, it would be a tiled map service (TMS).

  • Thanks your reply. I ended up taking your advice and used GeoServer to serve the map outputs via WMS. I then used R to automate the delivery of the resulting GeoTIFFs via manipulation of the REST interface. I posted about this here: gis.stackexchange.com/questions/327267/… – Mat W Jun 30 at 11:48

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