After your suggestion I have refocused this experimental development using the 'Get URL Text' actor as you have suggested. It has worked handsomely to bring online data into the Isadora patch environment. I have made a patch with detailed annotations about the process and offer it here as a departure point for those artists who are seeking to establish using dynamic data from a URL source in their projects.
This Isadora patch accesses live data from an online source. It uses it in a way that represents the data graphically and to locate elements in x and y space on the stage. The patch works by accessing an Open Data Source using a live internet URL. The data set includes names of Countries, their Capital City and Latitude and Longitude coordinates and other information. After scaling with Limit-Scale Value actors, the longitude and latitude data locates each city on a world map. A list of iso2 codes (2 letter country codes) has been saved as a text file and read into the patch through a Data Array actor. This Isadora patch demonstrates the Get URL Text, Text Parser, Text Formatter and Data Array actors.
Thanks for the usefulness of your patchwork. I have modified the patch again to make a control panel timer with a reset button. I used it for a show last night and thought to add to the shares here. It uses a Pulse Generator set to 1hz to 'count' seconds that then add-up to minutes and hours. The control panel 'monitor' is set to a 2 hz refresh rate.