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ATNF Data Access

ATNF Data Access Policy

Data obtained from the ATNF facilities is made available to other users 18 months after the date of observations, unless a special case for extended proprietary rights is accepted by the Director or Time Allocation Committee. Instances where the Principal Investigator of a project has an extended absence from work (e.g., maternity leave, parental leave, sick leave, carer's leave) will be considered as such a case. The ATNF Director may override the release of data at his discretion.

Replacing lost time

A reasonable attempt will be made to replace time lost as a result of override by a NAPA or ToO proposal, or to equipment failure. Time lost resulting from poor weather, RFI, observer errors or remote observing link failure will not be replaced. The following guidelines apply:

  • In the case of degraded data, the amount of replacement time will be at the discretion of the Head of Science Operations.
  • Lost time will only be replaced if the time available is scientifically appropriate (e.g., compatible LST ranges, suitable receivers available in the case of Parkes, suitable array configuration in the case of ATCA).
  • Generally, replacement time will be scheduled during Director's Time. At the Head of Science Operations' discretion, replacement time may also be scheduled during scheduled maintenance. Replacement time cannot displace other scheduled observations.
  • Once allocated, a replacement slot will take of the status of a normal schedule observation and may be displaced by a higher ranked NAPA or ToO proposal.
  • When nearing a proposal deadline, if there is little or no prospect of replacement time being available before the start of the next term, then the proposal should be resubmitted to the TAC. The TAC's assessment would then be used for further time allocation.

Australia Telescope Archive Databases

Information from the Australia Telescope Compact Array, Parkes Radiotelescope, Mopra Radiotelescope and the Long Baseline and VLBI arrays is available in several archive databases:

Target of Opportunity and NAPA data release

Results from ToO or NAPA observations should be made publicly available as soon as possible via an appropriate international astronomy service (e.g. IAU circular, Astronomers Telegram, Gamma Ray Burst Coordinated Network (GCN). The results should be made public in time for other groups to follow up the same event.

ToO and NAPA observations have the same proprietary period of 18 months, for the release of raw data as standard observations. Proprietary rights will be suspended, however, if results are not made public within a week of the initial observation. In this case the raw data may be given to other groups. The proprietary rights will be restored after the results have been released.

ATNF HI Survey Databases

The ATNF HI Survey Gateway provides access to various ATNF HI surveys. By inputting a position in either galactic or equatorial coordinates, a list of data cubes containing the specified position will be listed. To go directly to the data server of a specific HI survey follow the links below.


The Parkes Pulsar Multibeam Survey

Data from the pulsar multibeam survey are increasingly being made available through the CSIRO Data Access Portal .

(When the survey was underway, the policy was that:

Data on pulsars discovered in the survey are placed on the WWW at the time of acceptance of the paper announcing the discoveries, or 18 months after confirmation of the detection, whichever is first.

Raw data tapes from the pulsar survey are available for copying 2 years after recording. Software for copying tapes to disk or other tapes can be provided.

For further information see the ATNF Pulsar Group's home page

or contact Dick Manchester.)


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