All MCS0030 (SDF-based) observations will have associated metadata in the form of a metadata tarball. The LWA1 Data Archive stores all of the metadata files that have been aquired so that observers can access the metadata. This tutorial demonstrates the LSL interfaces to the metadata and how to extract various information.

First, lets get a metadata tarball:

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# This may take a bit...
import os
import urllib2

if not os.path.exists('LK003_0113.tgz'):
    fh1 = urllib2.urlopen('')
    fh2 = open('LK003_0113.tgz', 'wb')
print "Metadata Size: %.1f kB" % (os.path.getsize('LK003_0113.tgz')/1024.)
Metadata Size: 470.6 kB

The lsl.common.metabundle module provides access to the contents of the tarball. To get the SDF included in the tarball run:

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from lsl.common import metabundle 

project = metabundle.getSessionDefinition('LK003_0113.tgz')
print "Project ID: %s" %
print "Session ID: %i" % project.sessions[0].id
Project ID: LK003
Session ID: 113

The "project" variable contains all of the observations in the SDF as well:

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from datetime import datetime, timedelta

nObs = len(project.sessions[0].observations)
for i in xrange(nObs):
    currDur = project.sessions[0].observations[i].dur
    currDur = timedelta(seconds=int(currDur/1000), microseconds=(currDur*1000) % 1000000)
    print "  Observation #%i" % (i+1,)
    print "   Target: %s" % project.sessions[0].observations[i].target
    print "   Mode: %s" % project.sessions[0].observations[i].mode
    print "   Start:"
    print "    MJD: %i" % project.sessions[0].observations[i].mjd
    print "    MPM: %i" % project.sessions[0].observations[i].mpm
    print "   Duration: %s" % currDur
  Observation #1
   Target: M31
   Mode: TRK_RADEC
    MJD: 56556
    MPM: 13692273
   Duration: 4:00:00

Working with MJD and MPM values isn't particularlly transparent but a MJD/MPM pair can be easily converted to a Python datetime object storing UTC time:

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from lsl.astro import utcjd_to_unix, MJD_OFFSET

mjd = project.sessions[0].observations[0].mjd
mpm = project.sessions[0].observations[0].mpm
tStart = utcjd_to_unix(mjd + MJD_OFFSET)
tStart += mpm / 1000.0

print "MJD: %i" % mjd
print "MPM: %i" % mpm
print "-> %s" % datetime.utcfromtimestamp(tStart)
MJD: 56556
MPM: 13692273
-> 2013-09-21 03:48:12.273000

The metadata tarball also stores information about the filename and DRSU barcode that the data were recorded on though the getSessionMetadata function:

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fileInfo = metabundle.getSessionMetaData('LK003_0113.tgz')
for obsID in fileInfo.keys():
    print " Obs. #%i: %s on %s" % (obsID, fileInfo[obsID]['tag'], fileInfo[obsID]['barcode'])
 Obs. #1: 056556_000068631 on S15TCV13S0001

Finally, the metadata also contains the ASP settings before and after the observation so that observers can find out what ASP was set to during their observations. This is accomplised through the getASPConfigurationSummary function:

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for which in ('Beginning', 'End'):
    aspConfig = metabundle.getASPConfigurationSummary('LK003_0113.tgz', which=which)
    print '  %s' % which
    for k in aspConfig.keys():
        print '    %s: %i' % (k, aspConfig[k])
    filter: 0
    at2: 6
    atsplit: 15
    at1: 8
    filter: 0
    at2: 6
    atsplit: 15
    at1: 8