[R] R connectivity to database

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Fri Jun 23 23:01:12 CEST 2006

You have not told us your platform nor version of OO (nor what
'it' is which 'says that R can connect to MS Access').  R can certainly 
connect to MS Access on Windows via RODBC, which does come with Access 

I think though that it is unrealistic to claim that Base is 'OOo's version 
of MS Access': it seems to be a lot less than that even in version 2.0.
Base 2.0 comes with an HSQLDB DBMS, but Base is not itself a relational 
DBMS as Access is.  Both R and Base can act as ODBC clients, which may 
help if you use Base to store data in a fully-fledged RDBMS such as MySQL 
or SQLite.

On Fri, 23 Jun 2006, Ray D. wrote:

> Hello, does anyone know how I would go about getting R to connect to 
> OpenOffice's Base program (OOo's version of MS Access) such that I can 
> retrieve data from the database and perform calculations and data 
> analysis?  I'm totally new to R and Base and I've looked at some 
> documentation, but found only examples for R connecting to PostgreSQL 
> and MySQL, but nothing for OOo's Base (there wasn't any examples for MS 
> Access either even though it says that R can connect to MS Access).  Is 
> R even capable of this or am I just out of luck to use R and OOo's Base 
> together?  Thanks in advance.
>  -ray
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