After datasets are shared (as showcased in the Reuse Tidy Datasets use case), it is often useful to also consider automating this process. This is especially interesting for datasets that tend to get out-of-date constantly.

For example, if we were interested in updating a pin to track daily news from the BBC World News RSS, we could create the following R Markdown report to download the RSS feed, tidy the news, and publish a pin with the up-to-date news:

While you can run manually this report each time you need the worldnews pin updated, using automated techniques makes so much sense.

The pins package does not provide support to automate execution of R code; however, many tools and services can be used in combination with pins to update datasets with ease. For instance, when using GitHub, Travis can be used in combination with a GITHUB_PAT environment variable to knit this daily news report and update pins in GitHub. Similarly, using RStudio Connect, we can easily publish this report and configure RStudio Connect to run this report daily – the pin will then be kept up-to-date, every-day, automatically!

You can preview the worldnews dataset at beta.rstudioconnect.com/connect/#/apps/7532/access: