October 5-9, 2014


P2.32 Design and Implementation of Data Reduction Pipelines for the Keck Observatory Archive

Christopher Gelino (NExScI/Caltech)

G. B. Berriman, M. Kong, A. Laity, M. Swain (NExScI/Caltech), R. Campbell, R. W. Goodrich, J. Holt, J. Lyke, J. A. Mader, H. D. Tran (WMKO), T. Barlow (Caltech)

The Keck Observatory Archive (KOA), a collaboration between the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute and the W. M. Keck Observatory, serves science and calibration data for all active and inactive instruments from the twin Keck Telescopes located near the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii. In addition to the raw data, we produce and provide quick look reduced data for four instruments (HIRES, LWS, NIRC2, and OSIRIS) so that KOA users can more easily assess the scientific content and the quality of the data, which can often be difficult with raw data. The reduced products derive from both publicly available data reduction packages (when available) and KOA-created reduction scripts. The automation of publicly available data reduction packages has the benefit of providing a good quality product without the additional time and expense of creating a new reduction package, and is easily applied to bulk processing needs. The downside is that the pipeline is not always able to create an ideal product, particularly for spectra, because the processing options for one type of target (eg., point sources) may not be appropriate for other types of targets (eg., extended galaxies and nebulae). In this poster we present the design and implementation for the current pipelines used at KOA and discuss our strategies for handling data for which the nature of the targets and the observers' scientific goals and data taking procedures are unknown. We also discuss our plans for implementing automated pipelines for the remaining six instruments.

Mode of presentation: poster

Applicable ADASS XXIV theme category: Data Analysis / Pipelines