SuperDARN 2020 Virtual Workshop

1st - 5th June

About the SuperDARN Community

The Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN) is an international consortium of ground-based high frequency (HF) radar observations for space and upper atmospheric sciences. The primary objective of SuperDARN is to study, on the large-scale dynamical process of the magnetosphere-ionosphere system, such as the evolution of the global convection electric field under changing the solar wind conditions and its development. However, data from SuperDARN HF radars have been used in the scientific community for studying a wide variety of mesospheric, ionospheric, and magnetospheric phenomena. In addition, the data is used for monitoring and forecasting of space weather conditions for safety and security of telecommunications, navigations, and spacecraft operation.


Virtual Workshop

It is with great regret that as a community we are not able to gather as planned in the beautiful Drakensburg, SA this year for the annual SuperDARN Workshop. However, we hope that the discussion and science presented at SuperDARN's first ever virtual workshop will be as productive and fruitful as ever. We are looking forward to seeing you all, virtually, of course!

The workshop will run from 1st-5th June 2020 and will be comprised of pre-recorded videos and online live working group meetings.

The online working group meetings are being organised by the individual groups, for more information please contact the chairs for each group.

The pre-recorded videos will be available to view all week at your leisure on SuperDARN Canada's Vimeo* Channel, with comments, questions and discussion encouranged in the video's comment section. If you wish to have access to the SuperDARN Canada Vimeo Channel and make use of the commenting and discussion feature for each video, you will be required to open a free Vimeo* personal account and submit your personal Vimeo URL during registration. Instructions on how to open a free Vimeo account can be found below.

Videos will be transferred to SuperDARN Canada via WeTransfer*, where we will upload them to our Vimeo account for viewing. Transfer instructions may also be found below. If you have any issues regarding Vimeo or WeTransfer, please contact superdarncanada@gmail.com for assistance and alternative methods of viewing the videos.

The deadline for registration and video transfer is 28th May 2020!

For information on the rescheduled workshop due to take place in 2021, please see the SuperDARN 2021 website.


Presentations

Presentations will be available all week in our Vimeo channel. Comments, questions and discussion are encouraged in the comment sections for each video during the span of the week.


Meetings

To be involved in a working group meeting, please contact the chair of each group for access to their chosen online conferencing platform.

Day Time (UT) Session
Monday 1st June 12:00 - 14:15 Data Analysis Working Group Meeting
Chairs: Emma Bland and Kevin Sterne
Tuesday 2nd June 12:00 - 14:15 Data Standards Working Group Meeting
Chair: Marci Detwiller
Wednesday 3rd June 12:00 - 14:15 Data Distribution Working Group Meeting
Chair: Kevin Krieger
Thursday 4th June 12:00 - 14:15 Scheduling and Spacecraft Scheduling Working Groups Meeting (Combined Meeting)
Chairs: Evan Thomas and Jennifer Carter
Friday 5th June 12:00 - 14:15 PI Meeting

Please register for the workshop through eventbrite here. Or copy and paste this URL into your browser: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/superdarn-2020-virtual-workshop-registration-105612744562

The registration deadline is 28th May 2020. Please supply your personal Vimeo URL on the registration form when registering, see Vimeo tab below to open your account.


SuperDARN Canada advises users to carefully review the terms of use and privacy policies before registering for or using Vimeo and wetransfer, and to set their preferences accordingly.

The video hosting service Vimeo is being used for access to video presentations with questions, comments and discussion accepted in the comments section for each video. If you wish to comment or be involved in discussion on any video, you will require a Vimeo personal account. Please supply your personal Vimeo URL on the registration form when registering, so we can give access to the repository of videos. If you have issues connecting to Vimeo or creating a Vimeo account please contact superdarncanada@gmail.com for assistance and alternative methods of viewing the videos.

To create an account:

  1. You can create a free Vimeo Basic account at: vimeo.com/upgrade, Select the option ‘get started with Vimeo Basic’.
  2. Log in and you will be directed to your new Vimeo HomePage.
  3. Don't forget to copy your profile URL into the SuperDARN 2020 Workshop registration form, when registering.
  4. If you are new to Vimeo your URL can be found on your account homepage, found by clicking on the 'smiley face' in the top right. Your URL should now be displayed in the search bar with the format 'vimeo.com/userXXXXXXXXX'

SuperDARN Canada advises users to carefully review the terms of use and privacy policies before registering for or using Vimeo and wetransfer, and to set their preferences accordingly.

There are many free programs that offer screen recording features. Your educational institution may have an active subscription to such programs. In order to keep file size reasonable, please be mindful of your frame rate and video quality. Presentations that will be conducted on Powerpoint with few animations can be recorded at a lower frame rate. You can perform a short one-minute presentation and observe the recording quality. You can also make note of the file size from your one-minute presentation and use this as a benchmark for the expected file size of your full presentation recording.

SuperDARN Canada has no recommended application for making your video, but a few examples are: the in-built recording for PowerPoint, your university's streaming or lecture capture system, cell phone and video camera recordings, or your browser may support screen-capture add-ons or extensions. For technical help in recording video, please contact your local or university's IT support.

Once you have recorded your video, please name your presentation with the convention Last_Name-Title_of_Presentation, and make sure it is under 1GB.

Once you have made your video, please send it to SuperDARN Canada by following the instructions for WeTransfer below. If you have any issues using WeTransfer, please email superdarncanada@gmail.com where we can make accommodations. Please transfer your videos before 28th May 2020 so we can upload them to our Vimeo account.

Tranfer your video files to us by:

  1. Navigate to the SuperDARN WeTransfer page.
  2. Attach your video, entitled 'Last_Name-Presentation_Title', where directed to 'Add your files'.
  3. Fill in your email and include your name, the title, authors, abstract of the presentation in the text description/message box.
  4. Click 'Transfer'. You may be asked to verify your email with a code.
  5. You will receive a confirmation email to the supplied email address to confirm your transfer, and when it is downloaded by SuperDARN Canada.

SuperDARN Canada advises users to carefully review the terms of use and privacy policies before registering for or using Vimeo and wetransfer, and to set their preferences accordingly.

If you have provided your Vimeo profile URL when registering:

All videos will be uploaded to a Vimeo Channel titled ‘SuperDARN Virtual Workshop 2020’ which can be found here, or by copying and pasting this URL into your browser: https://vimeo.com/channels/1584004

This channel will not be available for you to view until May 31st.

The videos will be available until 31st July.


If you are not able to create a Vimeo account:

An email will be sent to you on 31st May with individual links to all videos, and a password will be supplied for viewing. You will not be able to comment on videos but will be able to view.

The videos will be available until 31st July.


If you have any issues relating to viewing videos, please contact superdarncanada@gmail.com


*SuperDARN Canada advises users to carefully review the terms of use and privacy policies before registering for or using Vimeo and wetransfer, and to set their preferences accordingly.