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[McIDAS #BQX-397148]: Download access to Unidata McIDAS-X



Hi Kevin,

I split your inquiry up into two parts: one for the GEMPAK-related questions
and this one that is specific to access to Unidata McIDAS-X

re:
> I would like to download the McIdas software and run some scripts with this
> for some research ideas I have. Can I download the program? I tried to go
> to the McIdas -X download site and when I clicked on the links to download
> it I got "You don't have permission to access this file". So if you can
> help me out here that would be great. I was very familiar when I was at
> NSSFC (before they moved to Norman) with the VDUC system they had which was
> obviously based on McIdas . I was hoping to be able to get it. Thanks!

The reason for being denied access to Unidata McIDAS is that all attempts by
users whose emails do not end in '.edu' (i.e., non-U.S. educational 
institutions)
must be approved first.

The following is some boilerplate that I am required to send to non-.edu folks
who seek to download McIDAS from us. I need you to send us statement affirming
the items listed below.

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; please provide
  the name of the department and university that the download is intended for
- 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

As soon as you state that your use of Unidata McIDAS will conform to the
terms listed above, we will be able to enable access to Unidata McIDAS-X.

re:
> Ok...I believe that's it.  Thank you guys so much for all your help... It is
> greatly appreciated!!

Cheers,

Tom
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Ticket Details
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Ticket ID: BQX-397148
Department: Support McIDAS
Priority: Normal
Status: Closed


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