[R] Importing a complex XML file (SDMX format)

andrewH ahoerner at rprogress.org
Tue Dec 13 02:51:39 CET 2011

Hi folks!

I am trying to read a large XML file from the Fed that contains quarterly
Flow of Funds data since the 1950s.  It contains lots of individual tables
in something called the "Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange format"
(SDMX format). 

I am not sure if I need something specific to the SDMX format to read the
file, or just to use the XML  package correctly. The XML package includes
over 70 documented functions and frankly I have not been able to figure
where to start. This is the first time I have ever needed to open up an XML
file of any kind, so I am starting from scratch.

I would be very grateful for advice on either reading an arbitrary but
complex XML file or from anyone who has succeeded in opening an XML file in
SDMX format. 

Warmest regards, andrewH

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