R interface to access the web services of the ICES (International Council for the Exploration of the Sea) DATRAS trawl survey database < https://datras.ices.dk/WebServices/Webservices.aspx>.
o removed dependency on XML and RCurl by using text regex and download.file -> scan. If download.file fails then url() is used to make the connection.
o Improved XML parsing, exploiting structure of data and that we can delete XML nodes once read.
o Added function to extract catch weigthts by species and haul.
o New argument 'surveys' in function getDatrasDataOverview() allows faster overviews for one or few surveys.
o Improved XML parsing, so both leading and trailing white space is removed.
o Improved XML parsing, so -9 and "" is converted to NA.
o Improved XML parsing, so data frame columns are automatically coerced to the appropriate storage mode (character, numeric, integer).
o Fixed bug where code assumed stringsAsFactors = FALSE by default.
o Remove trailing white space from HHdata table entries.
o Added function getDATRAS() from retired package rICES to extract multiple years and quarters.
o Initial release.