What is ExoFOP?
The Exoplanet Follow-up Observing Program (ExoFOP) is a web-based tool with the principal aim to optimize resources and facilitate collaboration in follow-up studies of exoplanet candidates. ExoFOP is an expansion of the Kepler Community Follow-up Observing Program (CFOP), which supports the Kepler mission.
The Exoplanet Follow-up Observing Program for TESS (ExoFOP-TESS) website is designed to optimize resources and facilitate collaboration in follow-up studies of targets observed by the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), an Explorer-class mission led by MIT.
ExoFOP-TESS currently contains the 10,798,947 targets on the Candidate Target List (CTL), the highest priority targets in the TIC.
ExoFOP Professional Conduct Policy
Summary of ExoFOP-TESS Pages
Uploading Data to ExoFOP-TESS
Data can be uploaded at the individual target page.
You must have an account and be logged in to enter or update data. Request an account
To enter data or upload files at the target page, click on the "Add new" link next to any of the parameter names (Magnitudes, Imaging Observations, Spectroscopic Observations, Time Series Observations, or Files). Enter your data into the pop-up window and click the "Add" or "Upload" button. The target page will automatically reload so you can immediately see your entered data.
All uploaded data requires a data tag.
The purpose of the "Data Tagging" is to connect different types of data together. By assigning the same "Data Tag" to an entry in the Observation Summary Table, to specific files that are a result of those same observations, and to specific data parameters that are derived from or associated with those files will enable all of that content to be associated. Users can also choose to associate content across multiple targets, multiple observing nights or multiple instruments.
If a pre-existing "Data Tag" is not being utilized, a new "Data Tag" needs to be entered by the user of the form outlined below. The "Data Tags" are designed to be unique, connected to the user who has created the tag, and contain a very brief description useful for users to understand the data associated with the tag.
Once a "Data Tag" is created, the "Data Tag" will be assigned a short-hand "Data Tag" of integer form that can be used in place of the full tag.
As a fictitious example: "Data Tag" 20171207_ciardi_PalomarAO_1 was created by the user ciardi when they uploaded data to the Observation Summary Table. That "Data Tag" was assigned the unique short-hand tag number 22 by the ExoFOP service. All new data uploaded can be attached to the "Data Tag" with either the full tag name (case insensitive) or the short-hand tag number. All data associated with the "Data Tag" can be downloaded utilizing the full tag name or the associated short-hand tag number.
Tag string format: contiguous text of a maximum of 100 characters composed of 4 required sections separated by an underscore "_".
Auto Tag string format: when checked, tag text is automaticaly created composed of 4 required sections separated by an underscore "_". If desired, the user can edit the auto-generated tag but it must still comply with the general tag string format. The autotag generation has NO knowledge of previous tags or data; if you wish to connect data together with tags you must use the same tags to connect them.
Guidelines for Submitting Community TESS Objects of Interest (CTOIs)
Community TESS Objects of Interest (CTOIs) are intended to be a mechanism for the community members to identify planetary systems or other potentially interesting objects discovered by TESS but not identified as a TESS Object of Interest (TOI) by the TESS project.
Insufficiently or ill-defined CTOIs are not a useful product for the community. Therefore, the following are guidelines for the creation of the CTOIs to make them as useful and understandable as possible by the community and ExoFOP-TESS users.
TESS Follow-up Observing Program (TFOP) Working Group
ExoFOP-TESS will be used as the primary workspace for the TESS Follow-up Observing Program (TFOP) working group. To enable sharing of preliminary and unvetted data, members of the TFOP working group will be able to join the tfopwg group on ExoFOP-TESS. The purpose of the tfopwg group is to provide the ability for group members to share data with other members in the group for an optional proprietary period of 12 months; all data that are uploaded without the optional proprietary period will be publicly available immediately.
The types of data that are currently eligible for a proprietary period are: stellar magnitudes, observing notes, and uploaded files of any type. When the ability to upload new stellar and planet parameters is enabled, these data will also be eligible to be uploaded as part of the tfopwg with the 12month proprietary period. Clicking the Add New button on any of the ExoFOP-TESS overview pages for these types of data will open a new submission page. In order to specify that the data to be uploaded have a proprietary period, users need to do two things:
Once data that are eligible for a proprietary period are uploaded, their proprietary status can be changed to public. If a user who uploaded the data decides to make the data public prior to the expiration of the 12 month period, the user can edit the entry and un-check the 12 month proprietary period box. If a user later decides that data that have been uploaded should have a proprietary period, they can similarly edit the entry and check the 12 month proprietary period box. Note however that the 12 months starts from the date of the initial upload of the data, not the date of the edit to the proprietary period status.
Please note that membership of the TFOP Working Group is open to the community and all are encouraged to join. Application for membership involves providing a description of your expected contribution to the TFOP working group, and agreement with the TFOP and TESS Publication Policies. Once your application is approved, you will be given access to the tfopwg group at ExoFOP-TESS. More details on joining the TFOP working group can be found here: https://tess.mit.edu/followup/apply-join-tfop/
We will continue expanding the group functionality in the coming months. If you are a member of the TFOP working group and you are unable to access the tfopwg group at ExoFOP-TESS, please contact email@example.com
Subscribe to the Daily Change Log Emails
Log into the ExoFOP with your user account. After you are logged in, click on the next to your name. This will show your current contact information including the current email address of record and your Change Log subscription status. To update the contact information and subscription preference, click on the Edit button. In the dialog page that opens, there is check box to subscribe (or unsubscribe) to the daily emails. Please make sure your email address is correct.
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