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[McIDAS #CYQ-512271]: McIDAS-X free for Public Educational Institute



Hola Eugenia,

re:
> I am Ma. Eugenia GutiÃrrez, researcher professor of the Center for the
> Environment and Development, of the National Polytechnic,Âa Public
> Educational Institution in Mexico City.

Very good.

> We are interested in using McIDAS-X
> for academic classroom instructions and academic 
> research.ÂÂSpecifically,Âfor
> theÂresearches of master or doctorate student, who need the software for
> visualization, analyzing, displaying and manipulation of meteorological and
> geophysical data. WeÂhave beenÂworking with McIDAS-V, howeverÂthe
> perspectives each day are advanced.ÂÂ
> 
> I will apreciate if you can inform us the procedure to obtain
> McIDAS-XÂsoftware for free.

Unidata has long been licensed by the Space Science and Engineering Center
(SSEC) of the University of Wisconsin at Madison to distribute our version
of McIDAS, Unidata McIDAS, to educational institutions.  Within the past two
years SSEC refined their definition of allowable use of McIDAS at institutions
outside of the U.S.  Representatives from non-U.S. educational sites are
typically recognized by their email addresses not ending in '.edu'.

I am required to have prospective McIDAS users read and agree to the
following:

  SSEC considers permissible users of the international university community
  to be those who are using McIDAS-X for academic classroom instruction or
  academic research by students related to obtaining a degree. Research 
institutes
  and government agencies that use McIDAS-X for meteorological research or
  operations must purchase a license from SSEC for the non-academic use. Given
  this clarification, and if Unidata users remain within the licensing terms
  that include no re-distribution of any portion of the software, SSEC is 
agreeable
  to providing this software to the international university Unidata user 
community.

Given the above position, we need a clear statement from you that specifies
_all_ of the following:

- you are accessing McIDAS from Unidata for use in a university
- McIDAS must be used for academic classroom instruction or academic research
  by students related to obtaining a degree
- your installation of McIDAS is not for use by a government agency, 
non-academic
  research institute, or private concern
- you agree that you will not re-distribute any portion of the software

You original email includes the needed affirmation that you meet the first two
of these conditions: you are a professor at the National Polytechnic in Mexico
City and McIDAS will be used by students related to obtaining a degree.

As soon as you state that your use of Unidata McIDAS will conform to the other 
terms listed above, and as soon as you register with the Unidata website:

http://www.unidata.ucar.edu

we will add the email address you used to register with our site to the
list of users allowed to download Unidata McIDAS.

Registering with our website is simple:  simply click on the 'Login'
link near the top of our Home Page and follow the instructions for
users not already registered with our site.  Please make sure to include
the fact that you are an eductional institution when you register!

NB:

- We use the registration to track who is using software and services
  that we provide.  We do not provide personal information (e.g., email address
  etc.) to organizations outside of our program.

- it is our policy to make publicly available email transactions of questions
  asked and answers give about software we provide/support.  We delete user's
  email addresses out of those transactions so that their email address can not
  be harvested by spammers.

  If you ever have questions or email interactions that you do not want made
  public, you will need to let us know your preference _in each email 
transaction_! 


Cheers,

Tom
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Ticket Details
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Ticket ID: CYQ-512271
Department: Support McIDAS
Priority: Normal
Status: Closed


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