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Accessing SID and AWESOME Data

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SID data can be thought of as similar to seismograph data -- a tracking of signal strength over a period of time. The data format is little more than a timestamp and a signal strength value. These can be easily fed into Excel to automatically produce a graph such as:

Note the characteristic sunrise and sunset shapes. The 4 large peaks are events caused by solar activity.

For a tutorial on what to do with your SID data once you have extracted it from your monitor and sent it to Excel for graphical display, see:

Getting Started with SID Data by Shannon Lee (pdf)
This includes information on how to confirm your data with that from the GOES satellite.

To Upload Your Data

Stanford has set up and is maintaining a centralized data repository where students can automatically upload and store their data. Communication is via secure ftp. Anyone who has obtained a SID monitor through the Stanford Solar Center should have received the appropriate ftp script and will have a directory set up to allow contribution of data. The ftp script will daily copy files from your system Stanford. script can be set up to run automatically on Windows 2000 and XP systems. Alas, Windows98 does not support automatically-run programs so you would need to type in the key commands every day or so.

A current copy of the ftp script lives on:

You will need to add your site name to the script and create a directory called "Sent". Instructions are included within the script itself.

Viewing Data

Stanford is hosting a centralized data repository where students' data can be automatically stored and retrieved. Numerous sites are already contributing data to this centralized site. The webpage also includes direct links to the GOES satellite that is directly monitoring solar activity.

Database Access

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