USG Meeting, April 5 2012

2PM CV 230


Telephone hub: 434 972 7268

Current USG Focus Items

  • Updating 1,2; then 5 and 4 for R8.1 (Scott)
  • Cycle 1 documents (Carol)
  • Simulations and science examples (Remy, Gerald) RandomSimC1Things
  • CDE planning (Carol)
  • mm course and related effort on instructional materials (Jim)
  • use cases for analysis tools (Adam)

Future Meetings

  • April 12:


  • Attendance: Gerald, Heidi, Carol, Scott, Kim, David, Lyndele, Amy, Adam, Jonathan

News and overview


ALMA Cycle 1.
  • Please be available to contribute to these efforts:
    • March 16 (Fri): drafty drafts of Cycle 1 Proposers Guide/Capabilities technical HB & Primer available for review by all JAO/ARCs
    • April 09 (Mon): good versions of PG/capabilities, TechHB, Primer available for broad review
    • April 09-13 (Mon-Fri): OT integrated test 6 - will involve all ARC staff
    • April 23 (Mon): ACTION ITEM: comments on good versions of PG/Cap, TechHB, Primer due
    • May 09 (Wed): Penultimate version of PG/Cap, TechHB, Primer ready for review ACTION ITEM: immediate review for mistakes; Will have a concrete plan within a couple of weeks
    • May 14: PG needs deployed in SP. Only minor changes allowed after that
    • May 31 (Thur): CfP issued (docs deployed)
    • May 31 - July 12: Staff Helpdesk
  • Cycle 0 SB generation schedule
    • March 7: Start of Science Observing in the Extended array configuration
    • Mar 5-30: SB revisions to unfinished Batch1,2,4 projects
    • April 2-20: Generation of "Batch5" projects (more on Batch 5 later)

Coordination with other groups and activities

  • Project news (Al)
  • JSG
  • DSG
  • Tiger Team

USG task reports & new business

  • HIA (Gerald)
  • Taiwan and EA Liaison (Aaron)
  • Documentation (Jim, Jonathan)
  • Science Web (Aaron)
  • Helpdesk (Tony)
  • PI Support & Visitors (Scott)
  • Development of outreach materials (Carol)
  • Workshops, Schools, Meetings (Tony, Adam)
    • About 25 people at GBT CDE; hands-on session went well (10-15). See Below
  • Tutorials (Carol)

Based on GB CDE experience (Jim's MD feedback would be good). For one-day CDEs that include only a couple of hours for hands on and do not have extensive computer infrastructure in place it would be good develop a light-weight, "high points" CASA tutorial. Ideal data set is a TDM data set like NGC 3256, smoothed beforehand to be ~100 MB or so in size, with Tsys and WVR applied already (leave this for the guides or full tutorials), and most flagging already done. Small is key to let folks run it on whatever laptop they like.One really bad bit of flagging to do might be good as an illustration, but mostly we want commands to run in near real-time and to minimize time spent in confused data inspection (these events tend to not have the people-power to take folks through this one-on-one). Then we'd aim for a follow-along-at-your-laptop model where one person copies/pastes/narrates and folks do the same (pasting, not typing, ideally) at their computers. Emmanuel Momjian did something very like this at the UMD/Berkeley days - but sans CASA guide to paste from. We did this with the CASA guide at GB. Next "blitz" of days it would be worth a few days at the start to make some slides, package the data, and make a distributable script for something like this.

Main items

  • 302 - 3 desk office, 349 for visitors - 3 desks - need to let them know what else we need. 6 data ports
  • 327 - Alison Peck, 334 - Richard Simon

  • Webinar planning
    • Still no requests for CDEs
    • 11-12 June for webinar [13-15 June and week after (David out)] - may not need two days; depends upon decisions about content
    • CV-Auditorium booked 8-5, June 11 and 12
    • Need a small team to work on project/content
    • Gerald suggested a presentation on using the OT only
    • Amy - suggested 5-10 minute tutorials on using OT for Hubble
    • Adam - suggestion would be emphasis on what to use for parameters, rather than how to use the GUI
    • Gerald - signal-to-noise and dynamic range information would be useful content
    • Carol - as you go through OT next week, look for things that may be useful to show people how to do
    • David - how will you share this info? Talk to a white board? Or work on the computer screen?

AOB-- CarolLonsdale - 2012-04-05

Topic revision: r3 - 2012-04-10, AdamLeroy
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