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10.1 Where to go next after this tutorial

The tutorials written here discuss a number of key parts of Astro-WISE, but they do not intend to be exhaustive. Here are collected some things that may be of further interest.

10.1.1 Manual, HOW-TO's and other documentation

The Astro-WISE manual can be found here: http://www.astro-wise.org/docs/Manual.pdfhttp://www.astro-wise.org/docs/Manual.pdf.

Most of the manual (the HOW-TO's) can be read online. See http://www.astro-wise.org/portal/aw_howtos.shtmlhere (http://www.astro-wise.org/portal/aw_howtos.shtml). Use the menu on the left to navigate the HOW-TO's. Note that the suggested reading order is more or less top-to-bottom in that menu.

A number of existing number-crunching programs are used within Astro-WISE, such as SExtractor (source extraction), SWarp (regridding/coaddition), NumPy (various), Eclipse (image arithmetic, statistics etc.). Their manuals, as well as other documentation can be found on http://www.astro-wise.org/portal/aw_documents.shtmlthis page (http://www.astro-wise.org/portal/aw_documents.shtml)

10.1.2 Web-services

This tutorial does not cover the web-services that are part of Astro-WISE. In short there are web-services for viewing the contents of the database, for processing data, and for (in-)validating existing data products. There is a Guided Tour that familiarizes one with them. You can find it at the Astro-WISE http://www.astro-wise.orghomepage (http://www.astro-wise.org) in the upper-left box.

10.1.3 Source code

Our source code is maintained using the Git versioning software. Git allows multiple people to work on a set of files, stores these files in a central place and keeps track of all changes to the files. The code is viewable on request for Astro-WISE members on our https://gitlab.astro-wise.orgGitLab server (https://gitlab.astro-wise.org). See also the http://www.astro-wise.org/portal/howtos/man_howto_git/man_howto_git.shtmlGit HOW-TO (http://www.astro-wise.org/portal/howtos/man_howto_git/man_howto_git.shtml).

Here is a short overview of the directory structure:

Top of directory structure:


Package      | Provided functionality
config       | Startup and environment/configuration files
database     | Astronomy specific database modules
experimental | Experimental modules
external     | Python wrappers for tools such as LDAC, Sextractor and Swarp
filerecipes  | Data reduction recipes for use without database
instrument   | Instrument specific modules
main         | Modules for the pipeline processing of images
plot         | Various plotting modules
recipes      | Data reduction recipes (to create classes in "main")
services     | (Web-) services for astronomy
test         | Unittests
toolbox      | Scripts for ingestion, installation, various maintenance
util         | Utility modules usable throughout the code


Package    | Provided functionality
config     | Startup and environment/configuration files
database   | Persistency mechanism and implementations of its interface
log        | Logging and messaging
math       | Mathematical Python routines such as statistics & least squares
net        | General network-related python modules
services   | Common (web-) services
toolbox    | Scripts for e.g. maintenance of the database, installation, etc.
util       | Routines for compression, checksumming, datetime manipulation.

10.1.4 Links

The Howto page at our homepage is found under Astro-WISE information system - > mathend000# Howtos & Manual. Use the menu on the left to navigate the HOW-TO's. Here are some interesting ones:

  • http://www.astro-wise.org/portal/howtos/man_howto_schedule/man_howto_schedule.shtmlObserving guidelines (General - > mathend000# Observing Guidelines)
  • http://www.astro-wise.org/portal/howtos/man_howto_context/man_howto_context.shtmlContext (AW Environment - > mathend000# Context)
  • http://www.astro-wise.org/portal/howtos/man_howto_inspect/man_howto_inspect.shtmlInspect method of BaseFrames (Visualization - > mathend000# Inspections)
  • http://www.astro-wise.org/portal/howtos/man_howto_photcat/man_howto_photcat.shtmlInspect method of PhotSrcCatalog (Visualization - > mathend000# Photometric Catalog)
  • http://www.astro-wise.org/portal/howtos/man_howto_mef/man_howto_mef.shtmlCombining individual CCDs (Visualization - > mathend000# Multi-extension FITS)
See also the http://www.astro-wise.org/portal/glossary.shtmlglossary of Astro-WISE concepts etc. (http://www.astro-wise.org/portal/glossary.shtml).

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