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In order to carry out observations using Parkes, the observer first requests observing time by submitting a proposal through the OPAL system (http://opal.atnf.csiro.au). Metadata (such as the principal investigator, proposal abstract) from successful observing proposals will be made available on the ANDS website. The data is available through the CSIRO Data Access Portal (DAP) (http://datanet.csiro.au/dap/) which allows files to be downloaded after an initial embargo period.

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In order to carry out observations using Parkes, the observer first requests observing time by submitting a proposal through the OPAL system (http://opal.atnf.csiro.au). Metadata (such as the principal investigator, proposal abstract) from successful observing proposals will be made available on the ANDS website. The data is available through the CSIRO Data Access Portal (DAP) (https://data.csiro.au/dap/specificSearch) which allows files to be downloaded after an initial embargo period.

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Since July 2013, 76 pulsar projects have been made available, a total of 22 TB of data.

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Since July 2013, 87 pulsar projects have been made available, a total of ~70 TB of data.

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  • CSIRO Data access portal: allowing pulsar observations to be downloaded
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  • CSIRO Data access portal: allowing pulsar observations to be downloaded
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All observations are available in the PSRFITS data format. Folding mode observations can be processed using the PSRCHIVE suite of software. Search mode observations can be processed using SIGPROC (the most recent version) and DSPSR.

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All observations are available in the PSRFITS data format. Folding mode observations can be processed using the PSRCHIVE suite of software. Search mode observations can be processed using SIGPROC (the most recent version), PRESTO and DSPSR.

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  • PRESTO
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In order to carry out observations using Parkes, the observer first requests observing time by submitting a proposal through the OPAL system (http://opal.atnf.csiro.au). Metadata (such as the principal investigator, proposal abstract) from successful observing proposals will be made available on the ANDS website. The actual data will be made available through the CSIRO Data Access Portal (DAP) (http://datanet.csiro.au/dap/) which allows files to be downloaded that are not embargoed.

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In order to carry out observations using Parkes, the observer first requests observing time by submitting a proposal through the OPAL system (http://opal.atnf.csiro.au). Metadata (such as the principal investigator, proposal abstract) from successful observing proposals will be made available on the ANDS website. The data is available through the CSIRO Data Access Portal (DAP) (http://datanet.csiro.au/dap/) which allows files to be downloaded after an initial embargo period.

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In order to carry out observations using Parkes, the observer first requests observing time by submitting a proposal through the OPAL system (http://opal.atnf.csiro.au). Metadata (such as the principal investigator, proposal abstract) from successful observing proposals will be made available on the ANDS website. The actual data will be made available through the pulsar access portal (http://datanet.csiro.au/dap/) which allows files to be downloaded that are not embargoed.

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In order to carry out observations using Parkes, the observer first requests observing time by submitting a proposal through the OPAL system (http://opal.atnf.csiro.au). Metadata (such as the principal investigator, proposal abstract) from successful observing proposals will be made available on the ANDS website. The actual data will be made available through the CSIRO Data Access Portal (DAP) (http://datanet.csiro.au/dap/) which allows files to be downloaded that are not embargoed.

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The PPDA is currently undergoing an upgrade to enable access to an even greater number of observations across a wider range of pulsar projects. It is expected that data will become accessible from the end of the first week in July 2013, with the availability steadily increasing from then on.

All observations are available in the PSRFITS data format. Folding mode observations can be processed using the PSRCHIVE suite of software. Search mode observations can be processed using sigproc (the most recent version) and dspsr.

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The PPDA is currently undergoing an upgrade to enable access to an even greater number of observations across a wider range of pulsar projects.

Since July 2013, 76 pulsar projects have been made available, a total of 22 TB of data.

All observations are available in the PSRFITS data format. Folding mode observations can be processed using the PSRCHIVE suite of software. Search mode observations can be processed using SIGPROC (the most recent version) and DSPSR.

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Parkes Pulsar Data Archive

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Parkes Pulsar Data Archive (PPDA)

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The following data sets are available:

  • P050 Parkes 70cm survey
  • P140 Precision pulsar timing
  • P262 young pulsar timing. In total 4598 data files exist for 616 pulsars. These data were recorded using the analogue filterbank in the 20cm observing band. Only total intensity profiles are available.
  • P455 Timing & geodetic precession in the double pulsar and two relativistic binaries
  • P456 Parkes pulsar timing array.
  • P595 PULSE@Parkes.
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The PPDA is currently undergoing an upgrade to enable access to an even greater number of observations across a wider range of pulsar projects. It is expected that data will become accessible from the end of the first week in July 2013, with the availability steadily increasing from then on.

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  • P140 Precision pulsar timing
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  • P455 Timing & geodetic precession in the double pulsar and two relativistic binaries
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  • Australia Telescope Online Archive
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  • pulsarastronomy.net
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2.4 Miscellaneous

  • The Parkes radio telescope
  • CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science
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  • ATNF pulsar catalogue
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  • The PSRFITS data format
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2.1 Obtaining the data

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  • Australian National Data Service
  • Statement of required acknowledgment for use of the data

2.2 Using the data

  • TEMPO2 software package
  • PSRCHIVE

2.3 Data format

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  • P050 Parkes 70cm survey
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  • P456 Parkes pulsar timing array.
  • P595 PULSE@Parkes.
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2.0 The pulsar data access portal

The pulsar data access portal (http://datanet.csiro.au/dap/) is used for searching and dowwnloading the data. A user guide is available for download (userguide.pdf). Note that the CSIRO access portal also provides access to non-pulsar data. Select 'Search', followed by 'Pulsar Search' to obtain the Parkes data. As a first example we recommend typing "J" into the "Pulsar Name" box and then clicking on Search. This will provide results for all pulsar folding-mode observations stored in the archive.

2.1 Updates planned for the next release

  • Downloading multiple data files

3.0 Acknowledging the data sets and the data archive

Much of the data available from the archive will be from on-going projects. Even though all data older than 18 months is out of any embargo period we request that any users contact the principal investigators making extensive use of data from a given project. Not only will this help students have sole access to their data (even if their project is lasting longer than 18 months), but each data set has its own perculiarities/issues that may need to be understood (that only the principal investigator knows about) before the data are reprocessed.

Any publication containing these data sets should refer to the original paper describing the data sets. We would also appreciate a reference to the portal used to download the data. It is a requirement of the National Facility that any publication making use of the Parkes data includes the following acknowledgement: ``The Parkes radio telescope is part of the Australia Telescope, which is funded by the Commonwealth of Australia for operation as a National Facility managed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)''.

This project is supported by the Australian National Data Service (ANDS). ANDS is supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy Program and the Education Investment Fund (EIF) Super Science Initiative (http://www.ands.org.au).

4.0 Dealing with problems

The system is currently under development. Issues arising from the data or the access portal should be reported to George Hobbs.

5.0 Requests

Here we list and comment on requests for new updates to the pulsar portal

RequestStatusComment
Selecting multiple files for downloadScheduledWill be fixed in the next release
Pulsar name search matches J0437-4715, but not 0437-4715Requested
No way to work out what frequency a given file corresponds to - I think a frequency column is required.Requestd
Sometimes it seems to hang (i.e. just sits there on "loading zul.grid" or on clicking search "processing".Requested
Putting a value in either observation date boxes disables putting things in MJD box (probably a good thing, but UI does not reflect this at all).Requested
Freq range search 1400-1500 matches 1374 MHz data. I asume it returns a "hit" if either end of the band is in the good range - Not exactly a problem but a little confusing.Requested
It's odd that you can search on fields that are not visible in the results. Perhaps "optional" columns are needed, or click/mouseover for full information on an observation.Requested
"contact us" button causes (on my machine) mac mail to open (which I don't use).Requested
Clicking the "search" link on the left hand side does nothing, you have to click the small square to reveal hidden options.Requested
Help page probably wants a link to return to the Data Access Portal home page.Requested
It would be good to have double PSR names. Initially I didn't find Vela -- not because it's not in the database but because it doesn't recognise the B-name. Normally I would agree on just going with J-names, but a) many people don't and b) at least it has to be mentioned clearly at the search box.Requested
In the search results table, it would be useful if the column "last modified" were replaced with "observation epoch" -- because I want to know when the data was taken, not when the data was copied onto the file server.Requested
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2.0 Useful links

  • CSIRO Data access portal: allowing pulsar observations to be downloaded
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It would be good to have double PSR names. Initially I didn't find Vela -- not because it's not in the database but because it doesn't recognise the B-name. Normally I would agree on just going with J-names, but a) many people don't and b) at least it has to be mentioned clearly at the search box.Requested
In the search results table, it would be useful if the column "last modified" were replaced with "observation epoch" -- because I want to know when the data was taken, not when the data was copied onto the file server.Requested
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Freq range search 1400-1500 matches 1374 MHz data. I asume it returns a "hit" if either end of the band is in the good range - Not exactly a but a little confusing.Requested
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Freq range search 1400-1500 matches 1374 MHz data. I asume it returns a "hit" if either end of the band is in the good range - Not exactly a problem but a little confusing.Requested
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Selecting multiple files for downloadScheduledWill be fixed in the next release
Pulsar name search matches J0437-4715, but not 0437-4715Requested
No way to work out what frequency a given file corresponds to - I think a frequency column is required.Requestd
Sometimes it seems to hang (i.e. just sits there on "loading zul.grid" or on clicking search "processing".Requested
Putting a value in either observation date boxes disables putting things in MJD box (probably a good thing, but UI does not reflect this at all).Requested
Freq range search 1400-1500 matches 1374 MHz data. I asume it returns a "hit" if either end of the band is in the good range - Not exactly a but a little confusing.Requested
It's odd that you can search on fields that are not visible in the results. Perhaps "optional" columns are needed, or click/mouseover for full information on an observation.Requested
"contact us" button causes (on my machine) mac mail to open (which I don't use).Requested
Clicking the "search" link on the left hand side does nothing, you have to click the small square to reveal hidden options.Requested
Help page probably wants a link to return to the Data Access Portal home page.Requested
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5.0 Requests

Here we list and comment on requests for new updates to the pulsar portal

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The pulsar data access portal (http://datanet.csiro.au/dap/) is used for searching and dowwnloading the data. A user guide is available for download (userguide.pdf). Note that the CSIRO access portal also provides access to non-pulsar data. Select 'Search', followed by 'Pulsar Search' to obtain the Parkes data.

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The pulsar data access portal (http://datanet.csiro.au/dap/) is used for searching and dowwnloading the data. A user guide is available for download (userguide.pdf). Note that the CSIRO access portal also provides access to non-pulsar data. Select 'Search', followed by 'Pulsar Search' to obtain the Parkes data. As a first example we recommend typing "J" into the "Pulsar Name" box and then clicking on Search. This will provide results for all pulsar folding-mode observations stored in the archive.

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The pulsar data access portal (http://datanet.csiro.au/dap/) is used for searching and dowwnloading the data. A user guide is available for download (userguide.pdf).

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The pulsar data access portal (http://datanet.csiro.au/dap/) is used for searching and dowwnloading the data. A user guide is available for download (userguide.pdf). Note that the CSIRO access portal also provides access to non-pulsar data. Select 'Search', followed by 'Pulsar Search' to obtain the Parkes data.

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The pulsar data access portal (http://datanet.csiro.au/dap/) is used for searching and dowwnloading the data. A user guide is available for download userguide.pdf

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The pulsar data access portal (http://datanet.csiro.au/dap/) is used for searching and dowwnloading the data. A user guide is available for download (userguide.pdf).

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The pulsar data access portal (http://datanet.csiro.au/dap/) is used for searching and dowwnloading the data. A user guide is available for download Attach:userguide.pdf

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The pulsar data access portal (http://datanet.csiro.au/dap/) is used for searching and dowwnloading the data. A user guide is available for download userguide.pdf

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The pulsar data access portal (http://datanet.csiro.au/dap/) is used for searching and dowwnloading the data. A user guide is available for download Attach:userguide.pdf

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The pulsar data access portal (http://datanet.csiro.au/dap/) is used for searching and dowwnloading the data. A user guide is available for download Attach:userguide.pdf

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The pulsar data access portal (http://datanet.csiro.au/dap/) is used for searching and dowwnloading the data. Full usage instructions are not yet available as the system is still under development. However, the basic system is straight-forward.

  • In order to access embargoed data, the user must log-on using their CSIRO or OPAL account (click on log-in at the top-right of the data access portal page)
  • To access the pulsar data, click on 'search' and then 'pulsar search'
  • Initially search for a particular observing programme (e.g., P262) in the 'Project ID' box and then click on "search". This should return a table of files. A set of boxes on the left-hand-side provides the ability to filter the search (selecting only specific backends, frequencies, pulsar names, etc.)
  • When a file is found for download, click in the check-box to the left-hand side of its name and then click on "Download data sets" (note: currently only one file may be downloaded)
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The pulsar data access portal (http://datanet.csiro.au/dap/) is used for searching and dowwnloading the data. A user guide is available for download Attach:userguide.pdf

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We acknowledge the support of the Australian National Data Service for funding this project.

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This project is supported by the Australian National Data Service (ANDS). ANDS is supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy Program and the Education Investment Fund (EIF) Super Science Initiative (http://www.ands.org.au).

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4.0 Dealing with problems

The system is currently under development. Issues arising from the data or the access portal should be reported to George Hobbs.

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3.0 Using the data

4.0 Acknowledging the data sets and the data archive

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3.0 Acknowledging the data sets and the data archive

Much of the data available from the archive will be from on-going projects. Even though all data older than 18 months is out of any embargo period we request that any users contact the principal investigators making extensive use of data from a given project. Not only will this help students have sole access to their data (even if their project is lasting longer than 18 months), but each data set has its own perculiarities/issues that may need to be understood (that only the principal investigator knows about) before the data are reprocessed.

Any publication containing these data sets should refer to the original paper describing the data sets. We would also appreciate a reference to the portal used to download the data. It is a requirement of the National Facility that any publication making use of the Parkes data includes the following acknowledgement: ``The Parkes radio telescope is part of the Australia Telescope, which is funded by the Commonwealth of Australia for operation as a National Facility managed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)''.

We acknowledge the support of the Australian National Data Service for funding this project.

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1.0 Current data sets available for download

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1.0 Data sets available for download

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1.1 The data format

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The pulsar data access portal (http://datanet.csiro.au/dap/) is used for searching and dowwnloading the data. Full usage instructions are not yet available as the system is still under development. However, the basic system is straight-forward.

  • In order to access embargoed data, the user must log-on using their CSIRO or OPAL account (click on log-in at the top-right of the data access portal page)
  • To access the pulsar data, click on 'search' and then 'pulsar search'
  • Initially search for a particular observing programme (e.g., P262) in the 'Project ID' box and then click on "search". This should return a table of files. A set of boxes on the left-hand-side provides the ability to filter the search (selecting only specific backends, frequencies, pulsar names, etc.)
  • When a file is found for download, click in the check-box to the left-hand side of its name and then click on "Download data sets" (note: currently only one file may be downloaded)
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  • Downloading multiple data files
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All observations are available in the PSRFITS data format. Folding mode observations can be processed using the PSRCHIVE suite of software. Search mode observations can be processed using sigproc (the most recent version) and dspsr.

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The following data sets are available:

  • P262 young pulsar timing. In total 4598 data files exist for 616 pulsars. These data were recorded using the analogue filterbank in the 20cm observing band. Only total intensity profiles are available.
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It is National Facility policy that all observations obtained with the Parkes radio telescope are made available to the general community after an embargo period. Usually this embargo period is set to 18 months after the observation. The Australian National Data Service (http://www.ands.org.au) have provided funding to provide the means by which the pulsar data sets are archiving and made available for search and download.

The Project

The ANDS Pulsar Data Archive Project has the longer term goal of creating an archive of and providing access to the data taken for all pulsar observing programs carried out on the Parkes radio telescope between 1990 and March 2010. More ambitiously, the archive could be extended to include other-pulsar and non-pulsar data from the ATNF and from other major facilities in Australia and overseas.

The People

The project is headed up by:

Jessica Chapman
George Hobbs

Proposals being worked on

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It is National Facility policy that all observations obtained with the Parkes radio telescope are made available to the general community after an embargo period. Usually this embargo period is set to 18 months after the observation. The Australian National Data Service (ANDS http://www.ands.org.au) have provided funding to provide the means by which the pulsar data sets are archived and made available for search and download.

In order to carry out observations using Parkes, the observer first requests observing time by submitting a proposal through the OPAL system (http://opal.atnf.csiro.au). Metadata (such as the principal investigator, proposal abstract) from successful observing proposals will be made available on the ANDS website. The actual data will be made available through the pulsar access portal (http://datanet.csiro.au/dap/) which allows files to be downloaded that are not embargoed.

1.0 Current data sets available for download

1.1 The data format

2.0 The pulsar data access portal

2.1 Updates planned for the next release

3.0 Using the data

4.0 Acknowledging the data sets and the data archive

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Parkes Pulsar Data Archive

It is National Facility policy that all observations obtained with the Parkes radio telescope are made available to the general community after an embargo period. Usually this embargo period is set to 18 months after the observation. The Australian National Data Service (http://www.ands.org.au) have provided funding to provide the means by which the pulsar data sets are archiving and made available for search and download.

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