How To Download Data

RSync back to top

Downloading our data using Rsync is the easiest way when using a MAC or Linux computer. To browse the data archive, using a terminal type the following command:

rsync rsync://data.phys.ucalgary.ca/data

The expected output and a further example of browsing the "Sort By Project" directory is shown below.

user@user-pc:~$ rsync rsync://data.phys.ucalgary.ca/data/
drwxr-xr-x            129 2015/06/22 14:20:30 .
-rw-r--r--            575 2013/07/02 12:47:04 .htaccess
-rw-r--r--             91 2013/05/20 15:59:42 All Project Documentation
lrwxrwxrwx             19 2015/01/28 15:26:07 index.html
drwxr-xr-x             76 2015/02/25 12:28:34 html
drwxr-xr-x            100 2014/02/19 18:30:21 sort_by_instrument
drwxr-xr-x             91 2014/05/05 10:33:43 sort_by_project

user@user-pc:~$ rsync rsync://data.phys.ucalgary.ca/data/sort_by_project/
drwxr-xr-x             91 2014/05/05 10:33:43 .
drwxr-xr-x             96 2014/02/19 01:40:30 AuroraMAX
drwxr-xr-x            136 2014/02/19 01:45:31 CANOPUS
drwxr-xr-x             84 2014/03/28 16:55:10 GO-Canada
drwxr-xr-x             45 2014/02/19 02:15:18 NORSTAR
drwxr-xr-x             35 2014/02/19 02:22:09 THEMIS
drwxr-xr-x             83 2014/02/19 18:25:57 other

To download the data from our archive to your computer, add the options '-vzrt' and a destination directory to the previous command. Below is an example of using RSync to download the THEMIS ASI data on 2015/03/17 for the instrument located at Fort Simpson during UT06.

rsync -vzrt rsync://data.phys.ucalgary.ca/data/sort_by_project/THEMIS/asi/stream0/2015/03/17/fsim_themis04/ut06 .


Wget (HTTP/FTP) back to top

Wget is a common command line tool to retrieve files and can be used to download our data. The data can be downloaded by using our HTTP web server or our FTP server.

Refer to the manpage for instructions on how to use.

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FTP back to top

Another common way to download our data is using our anonymous FTP server.


Windows GUI

Via our FTP server, you can access and download data from our data archive using Windows Explorer or a FTP client such as WinSCP, Total Commander, or FileZilla.

Below is a screenshot showing how to access the archive using Windows Explorer.




Command Line

Using a terminal, run the following command to connect to the FTP server. When prompted to for a username, use "anonymous".

ftp data.phys.ucalgary.ca

The expected output is as follows.

user@user-pc:~$ ftp data.phys.ucalgary.ca
Connected to data.phys.ucalgary.ca.
220 (vsFTPd 2.2.2)
Name (data.phys.ucalgary.ca:user): anonymous
230 Login successful.
Remote system type is UNIX.
Using binary mode to transfer files.
ftp>
ftp> pass
Passive mode on.
ftp> dir
227 Entering Passive Mode (136,159,51,56,76,157).
150 Here comes the directory listing.
-rw-r--r--    1 500      1014           91 May 20  2013 All Project Documentation
drwxr-xr-x    6 501      501            76 Feb 25 19:28 html
lrwxrwxrwx    1 0        0              19 Jan 28 22:26 index.html -> html/new/index.html
drwxr-xr-x    8 0        0             100 Feb 20  2014 sort_by_instrument
drwxr-xr-x    8 0        0              91 May 05  2014 sort_by_project
226 Directory send OK.
ftp> cd sort_by_project
250 Directory successfully changed.
ftp> dir
227 Entering Passive Mode (136,159,51,56,72,202).
150 Here comes the directory listing.
drwxr-xr-x    8 500      1014           96 Feb 19  2014 AuroraMAX
drwxr-xr-x   13 0        0             136 Feb 19  2014 CANOPUS
drwxr-xr-x    8 0        0              84 Mar 28  2014 GO-Canada
drwxr-xr-x    4 0        0              45 Feb 19  2014 NORSTAR
drwxr-xr-x    4 0        0              35 Feb 19  2014 THEMIS
drwxr-xr-x    7 0        0              83 Feb 20  2014 other
226 Directory send OK.

Below is an example of using the command line with FTP to download a minute's worth of THEMIS ASI data on 2015/03/17 for the instrument located at Fort Simpson during UT06.

ftp> cd sort_by_project/THEMIS/asi/stream0/2015/03/17/fsim_themis04/ut06
ftp> get 20150317_0600_fsim_themis04_full.pgm.gz