JWST Data Video Tutorials

Links to video help and tutorials on the JWST data calibration pipeline, as presented in 2021 JWebbinar series, as well as pointers to support materials from those webinars.   A link to a separate table of JDAT data analysis tool videos is also provided.

Looking for Proposal Planning help?  See Proposal Planning Video Tutorials.

Looking for JDAT data analysis tool help? See JWST Data Analysis Video Tutorials.


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JWST Observer YouTube channel

The JWST Observer YouTube channel hosts playlists for many different aspects of JWST support, from proposal planning to archived JWST town halls and other relevant materials. There are two playlists of interest for accessing help with data handling and processing: one is called JWST Data Analysis and another called JWebbinars.  The  JWST Data Analysis playlist provides access to video help for the JDAT analysis tools such as imviz, specviz, cubeviz and MOSviz.  For quick reference, a Master Table of DA tool support videos is also maintained in JDox, but everything can also be accessed from the home page of the JWST Observer YouTube home page.

For reference, Figure 1 shows the appearance of the JWebbinars playlist section on the JWST Observer YouTube home page (you may need to scroll down the page to find  playlist).

The remainder of this article concentrates on the JWebbinar videos and support materials.



JWebbinar Video Clips and Supporting Materials

In 2021, STScI organized and hosted multiple sessions of 12 different community training webinars on various aspects of the JWST data calibration pipeline and on post-pipeline data analysis tools. These sessions, called JWebbinars, provided users with general background and supporting materials such as Jupyter notebooks and overview powerpoint presentations. 

JWebbinars were recorded in real time, and useful sections of the longer videos have been excerpted into training tutorials for general use by the community. Access to these materials are provide via 2 primary means: directly through the JWST Observer YouTube channel, or via a JWebbinar host page on the JWST Observer website. Guidance for accessing these materials are provided below.


Video help available through the JWST Observer YouTube channel and linked to JDox pages will continue to be updated over time with content that extends beyond what was covered in the 2021 JWebbinar series.


The JWST Observer YouTube channel  home page format only shows the first handful of available videos. On the bar showing the webinar icons, you can see more entries by scrolling right, using the arrow (in the red circle labeled A in Figure 1). This interface only shows the first 12 videos of a playlist, but if more are available, they are not visible using this interface. In this case, with several videos from each of 11 different JWebbinars, there are more than four dozen videos available. To access a full listing of videos in the playlist, click the PLAY ALL arrow as shown in Figure 1, which will advance to the display shown in Figure 2.

Figure 1. JWST Observer YouTube home page, showing the JWebbinars playlist

You may need to scroll down the home page to find the JWebbinars playlist bar, as shown above. The JWST Observer YouTube playlist bars only show a subset of all available videos. Clicking the arrow labeled "A" shows more videos, but still, not all available videos are displayed. To see the entire video collection, click PLAY ALL, as indicated by the arrow labeled "B," then refer to Figure 2. Note the URL to the JWebbinars webpage shown by the arrow labeled "C," which is discussed in the text. 
Clicking PLAY ALL on the JWST Observer YouTube JWebbinars playlist will take you to the screen shown in Figure 2, and YouTube starts to play the first video. (You may wish to pause this video while you inspect the full list of videos shown in the right side panel.) The scroll bar on the right allows you to inspect the entire list of videos in the playlist and select one of interest to you.
Figure 2. Result of clicking PLAY ALL on the home page, showing the full JWebbinar playlist

The red oval at the top highlights the availability of 49 videos in this playlist. To see the entire set of available videos, use the scroll bar on the right. Clicking on any video of interest will start that video in the main panel. 


Alternate access to videos and additional training materials

The materials assembled to support each of the JWebbinars have been archived for use in individual self-directed training on the JWST Observer JWebbinar site, under the Materials and Videos tab (see Figures 3 and 4). For convenience, the URL to this webpage is listed for reference on the YouTube channel playlist, as shown by the arrow labeled "C" in Figure 1. These materials include the overview powerpoint presentations that were used in each JWebbinar, any Jupyter notebooks or other support materials that were provided, and links to the videos that were excerpted from each JWebbinar recording. The video links point directly to the same videos hosted on the JWST Observer YouTube channel, but users may find this interface more useful for locating the specific videos and topics of interest to them.

Figure 3. JWebbinar webpage containing support materials and videos

The JWebbinar webpage on the JWST Observer website was used for registration for the JWebbinar sessions. However, supporting materials are now archived there for future access. See Figure 4 for an example.

Figure 4. Example of materials available through the Materials & Videos tab

Materials and videos for each of the 11 JWebbinars are available via the Materials & Videos tab. Each of the red entries is a link to the indicated materials, from Powerpoint presentations to Jupyter notebooks for use in training, to the video help, conveniently organized by JWebbinar. This example shows the first 2 JWebbinars only. Scanning through this listing provides the best overview of all topics covered by the 2021 JWebbinar series.



Latest updates

 
Title of page updated; minor text updates and added link to the JDAT videos table.

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