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About the Web Applications:

BROWSER VERSIONS
The proposal tool has been developed as a web application to allow everybody with access to a personal computer with internet connectivity, on which a recent web browser has been installed, to work with the application. Although care is taken not to rely on browser specific features the tool does not support all/old browser versions.

The proposal web application has been tested with the following browsers:

  • MS Internet Explorer 6.0
  • Netscape 7.1
  • Mozilla 1.6
  • Mozilla Firefox 2.0
  • Safari 2.0.3 (buttons and boxed information may appear differently)

If you experience problems that could be related to a specific browser type, please first try one of the (freely available) browsers mentioned above. We do appreciate reports on browser specific problems to help us make the tool support more browsers.

COOKIES
The proposal web application uses cookies for maintaining the session state (i.e. to track whether a user has logged in). No other information is saved or retrieved using cookies and the lifespan of the cookies is for the duration of the session only. Cookies should be accepted by the browser.

JAVASCRIPT
The proposal web application uses javascript for site navigation and validation. Care is taken not to use browser specific features, but javascript must be enabled in the browser or else you will not be able to fully navigate through the application.

BROWSER NAVIGATION
The proposal web application provides buttons and links for its navigation. Some buttons (links) will open a new browser window. Most will open new pages in the same browser window. Although they are not disabled, use of the standard browser navigation options (e.g. "Back", "Forward", "Open in new window") while working with the web application is strongly discouraged since it can have unexpected side effects (such as overwriting entries with old information). Similarly, working in two simultaneous sessions (e.g. by logging in twice) may give rise to unpredictable results.

SESSION TIMEOUT
The server automatically diposes of sessions that have been idle for a long period. This prevents sessions that have not been closed in a controlled way from claiming server resources indefinitely. The timeout period for editing of proposals is currently set at a generous eight hours so that users do not easily lose (unsaved) session information when they are distracted from working on a proposal. If the session is timed out anyway, the user will be redirected to the login screen upon the first attempt to (re-) load a Proposal URL. All information since the last Save will then be lost!

For the proposal overview page, the timeout interval is set at half an hour.

IMPORTANT NOTICE
Although we allow long lasting sessions, internet connections depend on a large number of linked elements, many of which are out of control of the user (client) and the service provider (server). Therefore we strongly encourage users to:

  1. While working on a proposal: save the session regularly by hitting the "Save and Continue" or the "Save and Exit" button at the bottom of the screen.
  2. If discontinuing work with the tool for a prolonged period: log out by clicking on the appropriate link.

In this way you can prevent loss of (a large amount of) information in case of network/connection failure and also prevent unnecessary use of server resources that might degrade server performance.

VALIDATION
Throughout the webapplications, validation rules are applied to the information that you enter. Two types of validation can be distinguished:

  1. If a field is required for successful completion of a process, this is indicated by a red star to the right of the field or its label. In some cases you will have to enter a value before you can go to another page (e.g. in the registration wizard) while in other cases you will be allowed to leave fields empty until you attempt to conclude the associated process (e.g. the completeness of proposals is only checked when you try to submit the proposal.)
  2. If a specific format is required for an entry (e.g. it needs to be a positive integer) this is checked immediately after submitting the form (in most cases as soon as you click a button on the page). If the format is invalid you will remain on the current page and be notified by a message in red describing the reason why this entry is invalid. You are required to correct the input before being able to continue.

PRIVACY

Before being granted access to (non public) pages, you will have to register. In the registration process you will be asked for personal contact information. This information is used for important (automated) email notifications, and for contacting you concerning details or progress of submitted proposals and/or observation projects.

Contact information is only visible to observatory personnel and, partly, by other authors of proposals you are an author of. Information that is included in submitted proposals, as shown in the "preview" provided in the corresponding application, will be distributed as part of the reviewing process and may become public if observation time is allocated.

Credits
This web application has been developed as a tool to prepare and submit observation proposals for (radio-) and then (optical-) telescopes. It has been developed as part of the Radionet "Synergy" activity and further developed by the Opticon Access program, both funded by the EU FP6 programme.
The proposal tool has been developed at ASTRON by the Radio Observatory Division's software group. It has been specifically adapted for the CFHT.


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Login Screen:

Enter your username and password. These will be issued to you during the registration process. If you have not yet registered, and wish to do so, click the "Register as new user" link. If you are a registered user but do not remember your username/password click on the "Password forgotten?" link.

After successful authentification, you will have access to all the web applications to which you have been granted this privilege. Whenever a non-public web page is (re-) loaded while there is no active session (i.e. your credentials are not known to the server) you will be redirected to this screen and, after successful login, forwarded to the start page of the corresponding web application.

  • username: Enter your username. If you have successfully registered, this has been sent to you in the confirmation email.
  • password: Enter your password. If you have successfully registered, this has been sent to you in the confirmation email but you may have changed it after a previous successful login.
  • login: Click on this button to commit the username and password that you have entered for authentification.

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Registration Wizard:

The registration wizard guides prospective users through the registration process. You will have to register just once. Once registered, you will be granted access to all relevant web applications. Newly registered users will only have access to the NorthStar web application where they can prepare and submit proposals for observation time.


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Registration 1: Personal Contact Information

On this page, enter personal contact information that may be used to contact you, e.g. for (automated) email notifications, details about submitted proposals, observation projects, etc.

USER ACCOUNT

  • Username: Here, you may enter a self chosen username for logging in to the web applications. The username needs to be at least three characters long and can only contain alphanumeric characters. If the username already exists, you will be asked to enter another one.

NB: Although the username that you enter is not publicly visible, it is required to be unique. Therefore, others may be notified that the username you have entered already exists (although they will not be notified of any other details associated with the username). Please consider this when you choose a username.

You can not enter a password here. A password will automatically be generated and sent to the email address that you enter on this page. This allows us to confirm that a valid email address is associated with the account. Once you are registered and have logged in successfully, you can edit the password to your liking in the "User Administration section".

PERSONAL INFORMATION

  • Title: Enter your title (if any).
  • First name (required): Enter your first name.
  • Last name (required): Enter you last (family) name.
  • Email (required): Enter the email address that you will be using for communication. Since the initial password will be sent to this address, make sure that you do not make a mistake while entering it. Furthermore, once you have registered you may request a new password in case you have forgotten the current one but you should in that case be able to enter the username and this email address for generating a new password.
  • Phone (first) (required): Enter the phone number at which you can be contacted. The first character must be either '+' or a digit after this any of digit, ' ', '-', '(', ')', or blanks are allowed.
    Examples: +31 (0) 521 595100 or 0521595100
  • Phone (second): Enter a second phone number at which you can be contacted in case there is no response at the first number.
  • Fax: Enter the (international) fax number at which you can be contacted.

NAVIGATION

  • Next: Press this button if you are finished with filling the form. You will proceed to the next step of the wizard. You may return to the current page at a later stage, if you wish to do so.
  • Cancel: Press this button if you wish to abort the registration process. All entered information will be discarded.

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Registration 2: Institute Information

On this page, enter information about the institute that you are affiliated with. This information may be used for mailing information.

INSTITUTION

  • Name (required): The name of the institute.
  • Department: If the organisations has more than one department/location, give the name of your department/location in this box.
  • Address: Enter the address of the institute/department. You can use more than one line, if required.
  • City: Enter the city where your institute/department is located.
  • State: Enter the state/province where your institute/department is located.
  • Country (required): Enter the country where your institute/department is located. This field is required and may be used for gathering (anonymous) statistics.
  • Website: Enter the website where the homepage of your institute/department can be found.
  • Remarks: Enter any remarks that you wish to add. This field may e.g. be used to indicate hours/days at which you are present at the institute, etc.

NAVIGATION

  • Previous: Press this button if you want to go back to the previous step of the wizard. You may return to the current page at a later stage, if you wish to do so.
  • Next: Press this button if you are finished with filling the form. You will proceed to the next step of the wizard. You may return to the current page at a later stage, if you wish to do so.
  • Cancel: Press this button if you wish to abort the registration process. All entered information will be discarded.

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Registration 3: Confirmation

On this page, you are asked to check wether the information that you have entered is correct. If this is the case, the registration process can be concluded.

NAVIGATION

  • Previous: Press this button if you want to go back to the previous step of the wizard. You may return to the current page at a later stage, if you wish to do so.
  • Register: Press this button if you are satisfied with the information in this form. The registration process will be concluded by automatic generation of a password and public key that will be sent to you by email. You will return to the login page, where you can continue the login process as soon as you have received your password.
  • Cancel: Press this button if you wish to abort the registration process. All entered information will be discarded.

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Password Forgotten?

Enter the username and email address that you have previously provided during the registration process. If the combination is valid, a new password will be generated, and sent to you by email.

If you are unable to provide a valid combination, e.g. because you have forgotten the username that you have entered before or you suspect a typo has been made, please contact the proposal administrator who can issue a new password or alter the registration specifics.

  • Username: Enter your username here.
  • Email: Enter the email address that you have previously provided here.
  • Send Password: Press this button if you are satisfied with the information in this form. If the information entered is validated, a new password and public key will be sent to you by email. You will return to the login page, where you can continue the login process as soon as you have received your password.
  • Cancel: Press this button if you wish to return to the login page without automatically generating a new password.

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