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Data Workshops

NOAO data reduction mini-workshop at AAS 227: January 6, 2016

The NOAO US National Gemini Office is continuing a series of data reduction mini-workshops as part of an initiative on post-observing run support. This second-in-the-series workshop will focus on adaptive optics (AO) from pre-observation concerns through data reduction. The workshop will start with a presentation on the fundamentals of AO by Dr. Claire Max (University of California, Santa Cruz), with an eye specifically to data taking and reduction. Additional talks will by Dr. Tim Davidge (Herzberg Inst. of Astrophysics) and Dr. Franck Marchis (SETI) will feature results from AO science. The speakers will address both the observational setup and data reduction challenges of working with AO data, how these were resolved, and lessons learned. Audience interaction will be encouraged.

More information is available at the US NGO website: http://ast.noao.edu/nssc/usngo/

Science User Support Department poster about post-observing support can be found here.  

15 Years of Science with Gemini in Argentina

The Argentinian NGO hosted a workshop to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Gemini's operation and the resulting Argentinian science. More information is available in Spanish here: http://gemini2015.fcaglp.unlp.edu.ar

Presentations, also in Spanish, can be downloaded here: http://gemini2015.fcaglp.unlp.edu.ar/contribuciones/ 

NOAO data reduction mini-workshop at AAS 225: January 7, 2015

The mini-workshop focused on near-IR data reduction. There were two speakers. Dick Joyce (NOAO) reviewed the basics of IR data. Rachel Mason (Gemini) discussed reducing cross-dispersed spectrograms from GNIRS. Specific examples were shown.

More information is available at the US NGO website: http://ast.noao.edu/nssc/usngo/

Scientific opportunities arising from the new instruments at Gemini and SOAR: August 7-10, 2014

Aiming to disseminate among the user communities of Gemini and SOAR knowledge about new and improved instrumentation and the capacity to use them efficiently, LNA together with INCT-A invited researchers to participate in a training workshop. The meeting informed them about the opportunities offered by the new instruments and how to use them for their scientific projects and included topics such as Instrumental properties and capacities, Observational strategies, Preparation and execution of observations, Calibrations, Data format, and Data reductions.

Special attention was given to the practical aspects of these topics. Thus, the workshop was not limited to talks of specialists about the respective subjects, but emphasizde practical exercises meant to provide the participants with hands-on experiences in the use of the instruments and the data delivered by them.

More information is available at the workshop website: http://www.lna.br/wsnovosinstr/

Data reduction examples and tutorials presented at the meeting are available: http://www.lna.br/wsnovosinstr/ftp/

The 2014 AusGO/AAO Observational Techniques Workshop: April 1 - 4, 2014

The Australian Gemini Office in conjunction with the Australian Astronomical Observatory held the 2014 AusGO/AAO Observational Techniques Workshop from midday on Tuesday April 1 to midday on Friday April 4, 2014 at the AAO Headquarters in North Ryde, Sydney.

The workshop was designed to be an introduction to the optical and infrared facilities available to the Australian astronomical community, and included tutorials and demonstrations where participants got their hands on real data and learned how to reduce it.

More information is available at the workshop website: http://www.aao.gov.au/science/conferences/OTW2014

The South American Data Workshop: October 27 - 30, 2011

The workshop was dedicated mainly to the discussion of the use, reduction and analysis of Gemini data. It focused in particular on data obtained with the Gemini instruments GMOS, GNIRS, and NIFS, as well as with the new Gemini South instruments GSAOI and FLAMINGOS-2. Invited speakers spoke about the capabilities of these instruments, with the goal of simulating their use by the Gemini community.

More information, as well as the presentations, are available at the workshop website: http://www.lna.br/SAGDWorkshop/index.html

The 2011 AusGO/AAO Observational Techniques Workshop: August 30 - September 2, 2011

The Australian Gemini Office in conjunction with the Australian Astronomical Observatory held the 2011 AusGO/AAO Observational Techniques Workshop over three and a half days from Tuesday August 30 to Friday September 2, 2011 in the ATNF Marsfield Lecture Theatre in Sydney.

The workshop was designed to be an introduction to the optical and infrared facilities available to the Australian astronomical community, and included tutorials and demonstrations where you got your hands on real data and learned how to reduce it.

More information is available at the workshop website

NOAO Gemini Data Workshop: July 19 - 22, 2010

Gemini Observatory and the US National Optical Astronomy Observatory organized a Gemini Data Workshop from 19 to 22 July, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona. Registration was free and open to anyone. The workshop covered the basics of astronomical data reduction, presented information on all the GMOS modes, NIRI, NIFS and Mid-IR data reduction and included breakout sessions that focused on the practical aspects of reducing Gemini data using the Gemini IRAF data reduction package.

More information is available at the workshop website: http://www.noao.edu/meetings/gdw/