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[McIDAS #BOB-885609]: access to unidata mcidas software



Hi Graeme,

re:
> I have been working with my fellow researcher at reading university
> who has access to unidata mcidas and she has left as I are are reading
> university why can I not download unidata mcidas updates

Unfortunately, the license we hold from the owners/primary developers of
McIDAS-X limits our right to distribute McIDAS to:

- U.S. universities, colleges and community college

- foreign universities if the software is to be used by students
  in pursuit of a degree

- members in good standing in the McIDAS Users Group (MUG) at the
  University of Wisconsin (UW) at Madison Space Science and Engineering
  Center (SSEC)

- sites that are sponsored (for one year) by members in good standing
  of the MUG

It is SSEC's intention that all other entities join the MUG (for which
there is an annual fee).

re:
> I am registered on my your site email address@hidden

OK.

re:
> For info ration both address@hidden and address@hidden
> are linked.

OK.

Seeing as how you are at a university, you/your university department
may meet the qualifications imposed by SSEC to be allowed to download
Unidata McIDAS...

The following is some boilerplate that I am required to send to non-'.edu'
folks who seek to download McIDAS from us. In order for you to be granted
access to Unidata McIDAS, we need you to send back a 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.
In the recent past, SSEC refined their definition of allowable use
of McIDAS at institutions outside of the U.S. and for individuals.
Users 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 add the email address:

address@hidden

to the list that allows downloading of Unidata McIDAS.

We can only add your email address to the list of users allowed to
download McIDAS if you are registered with the Unidata website under
that address. If you are not yet registered with our site, please do so
before sending back the reply to this message.

I apologize for the difficulty in getting access to Unidata McIDAS-X,
but our hands are tied by our licensing restrictions.

Cheers,

Tom
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Ticket Details
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Ticket ID: BOB-885609
Department: Support McIDAS
Priority: Normal
Status: Closed


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