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Science During the GALFACTS DQA Period

Last updated 3410 days ago by Russ Taylor
This policy will be periodically reviewed and revised by the GALFACTS Management Committee, according to changes in project conditions. If users of this policy identify issues relevant to this policy, but not explicitly covered by this policy, these issues can be raised in writing to the Chair of the GALFACTS Management Committee, for consideration by that Committee.

Early Science
  1. Initial data releases from the GALFACTS data processing pipeline will undergo an extensive period of testing and analysis by the GALFACTS Data Quality Analysis team. The purpose of this analysis is to quantitatively examine the overall quality of the data against defined metrics and to assess the readiness of the data for science programs and any technical limitations on its scientific use.  It is anticipated that there will be continued improvments in the data quality over several rounds of processing and quality analysis before the data are ready for unconditional release.  
  2. During the DQA phase the data will be available for early science by the members of the GALFACTS Consortium subject to the technical limitations of the data.
  3. All members of the GALFACTS Consortium may propose early science programs subject to the policy in this document, and publish the results subject to the early science publication policy. 
Early Science Proposals
  1. In recognition of the contribution to the GALFACTS project by the Technical team and the Data Quality Analysis team, the initial call for early science proposals will be open only to projects lead by members of the Technical or DQA teams. 
  2. Following the inital call to the Technical and DQA teams, proposals may be submitted by any member of the GALFACTS Consortium, with the exception of students for whom proposals should come from the student's primary supervisor. Student projects enjoy special priviledge as described in the student project policy document.  
  3. Proposals should include a brief description of the project, the names of key participants, including identifcation of the project lead, and a rough timeline for the project.
  4. Early science proposal teams must include at least one member of the Technical Team or Data Quality Analysis team as a collaborator. This individual must be identified in the proposal and, in addition to being a scientific collaborator, will serve as a liaison between the project and the data processing and quality analysis.
  5. Proposals are to be submitted via the project registry on the project portal, with notification to the chair of the DQA team and the chair of the GALFACTS management team. The DQA team chair will ensure distribution to the rest of the DQA team. The DQA team will undertake a technical assessment of the science goals against the data readiness. Members of the DQA team who have concerns or disputes regarding such a proposal should communicate these issues to the chair of the DQA.
  6. The content of all proposals and will be visible to GALFACTS consortium members via the GALFACTS project portal
  7. Within two weeks of receiving the proposal, the chair of the DQA team will make a recommendation to the Chair of the GALFACTS Management Committee on the proposal.  This recommendation will be communicated to the project lead.
  8. Within two weeks of receiving the DQA recommendation, the GALFACTS Management  Committee will make a decision on the proposal.
  9. If a proposal is approved, the Chair of the GALFACTS Management Committee will announce this decision to the entire GALFACTS Consortium (via email to
  10. The GALFACTS Management Committee will adjudicate any disputes relating to proposal review and their decision will be final.