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Data Archive Server structure and contents

The Data Archive Server (DAS) is a file system containing all survey data products. It is accessible via

This page mirrors the directory structure of the DAS, explaining which files are found where. It links to the "data model" descriptions of individual files. Directory names link to the http location, but the rsync server uses the same directory structure. For more details, see the data model for directories.

The root directory contains a number of ASCII parameter files with names fileList-*.par. These contain lists of all files in the archive with a CRC checksum for each, and of all files which are "missing" from the archive (i.e., you may expect to find these, but they do not exist).

Imaging data

The root directory for imaging. It contains two kinds of subdirectories: two inchunk directories containing the calibrated object lists, and one directory for every run/rerun pair containing the remaining imaging data.

inchunk directories

For either inchunk_best or inchunk_target, be sure to read the caveats on the calibrated object lists page.

The imaging is done along great circles. A unique covering of the sky is ensured by dividing these great circles into chunks. Calibrated object lists for every chunk are stored in subdirectories with names:

where NN is the stripe number, MMMMMM is the starting mu coordinate for that chunk, and S is the sky version (S = 1 indicates the best version and S = 0 indicates the target version).

E.g. /DR6/data/imaging/inchunk_best/stripe09_mu614999_1 .

Every stripeNN_muMMMMMM_S directory contain the following:

  • Six sub directories (numbered 1 through 6), one per camera column, containing object lists as tsField*.fit and tsObj*.fit files.
  • A mask subdirectory containing csv imaging masks. Note the csv masks are generated from the fpM files, which are stored in the corresponding run/rerun directory (see below).

Every best chunk stripeNN_muMMMMMM_1 directory contains the following files:

Every target chunk stripeNN_muMMMMMM_0 directory contains the following files:

run/rerun directories

These directories have names of the form

  • /DR6/data/imaging/RRRR/EE/

where RRRR is the run number and EE is the rerun number, eg. /DR6/data/imaging/1336/40 .

Every run/rerun directory contains two types of subdirectories:

  • Directories which contain only files:
    • astrom -- results of the astrom pipeline
    • nfcalib -- results of photometric calibration
  • Directories with one subdirectory per camera column (1-6), containing the bulk of the imaging data:
    • corr -- corrected frames fpC*.fit.gz, ie. reduced survey images
    • objcs -- further outputs of photometric pipeline:
    • Zoom -- fpC*.jpeg images of the sky in various zoom levels

Spectroscopic data

spectro2d pipeline output, produced by rerun 25 of the spectro pipelines: the calibrated spectra. Contains one directory per plate with name:

  • /DR6/data/spectro/2d_25/PPPP

where PPPP is the plate number (eg. /DR6/data/spectro/2d_25/0644). Every directory contains

  • one spPlate*.fit file with all 640 calibrated spectra (and the subtracted sky spectra since DR6) for that plate
  • the spCFrame*.fit files with individual 15-minute exposures
  • the specBS (Princeton) spectral reductions:

Calibrated spectra (including gif and ps plots) and classifications, redshifts, and other measured parameters (line fits, velocity dispersions, line indices). Contains one directory per plate with name:

  • /DR6/data/spectro/1d_25/PPPP

where PPPP is the plate number (eg. /DR6/data/spectro/1d_25/0644).

Every plate directory contains two subdirectories:

  • 1d -- contains 640 spSpec*.fit files, one per spectrum, containing the spectrum and all derived parameters.
  • gif -- contains spPlot*.gif, and spPlot*.ps.gz files for every spectrum, with line annotations

Spectra + imaging

See separate page about getting spectra in bulk.

Stellar parameter outputs

Last modified: Thu Oct 18 09:21:10 CEST 2007