The JCMT Science Archive is hosted by The Canadian Astronomy Data Centre (CADC). Both raw data and data processed by the science pipeline are made available to PIs and co-Is through the CADC Advanced Search interface linked from the JCMT landing page (http://www3.cadc-ccda.hia-iha.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/jcmt/).
To access proprietary data you will need to have your CADC username registered by the EAO and thereby associated with the project code.
When searching the JCMT Science Archive, be sure to select the correct search option from the ‘JSA Queries’ tab. Here you can select public versus proprietary, raw versus reduced, and SCUBA-2 versus ACSIS data.
An important search option to be aware of is ‘Group Type’, where your options are Simple, Night, Project and Public. Simple (which becomes ‘obs’ on the result page) is an individual observation; night means the group file from the pipeline (these may or may not include more than one observation; the ‘Group Members’ value will tell you); and the project option is generated if an entire project has been run through the pipeline and identical sources across the project are co-added into master group files.
The format and file naming conventions are different in the JSA for reduced data compared with merely running
ORAC-DR. Reduced observations will be in FITS format with the
.fits file extension. File names begin with
jcmth prefix followed by the UT date, observation number, subsystem number, the product name and
subscan number, the grouping algorithm, and finally a version number (in practice zero), with adjacent
elements separated by an underscore. The product name of most interest will be
reduced, but others include
rsp for the representative image and spectrum. The grouping algorithm is
obs for a single
nit where all the good data for an object observed with the same instrumental setup
during a night are combined to create products of better quality. A further grouping is
matching observations within a project are combined, which may extend over many nights spanning
Here is are some examples:
For a detailed guide to using the Advanced Search see JSA User’s Guide.