NASA's James Webb Space Telescope

JWST User Documentation Keeps the Community Well-informed

News Feature August 14, 2017

Illustration showing JWST User Documentation (JDox) home page content.

As part of the overall efforts to maximize the astronomical community’s use of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the Space Telescope Science Institute has developed the JWST User Documentation (JDox) site. Its purpose is to provide the community with accurate, user-friendly, web-based JWST documentation that can easily be searched using Google. The site follows the philosophy of “every page is page one” by giving users complete information that delivers value no matter where on the site the user is. It is purposefully designed and heavily leverages links to allow users to easily access related information. 

The content in JDox is organized into the following sections:

  • JWST Observatory and Instrumentation, including instrument handbooks and background articles
  • JWST Observation Planning, including the Astronomer’s Proposal Tool (APT), the Exposure Time Calculator (ETC), observing constraints, and observation techniques (e.g., moving targets, spectroscopy)
  • JWST Opportunities and Policies, including calls for proposals, duplication, science parallel policies, and funding/grants
  • JWST Data, including data handbooks, archives, and topics on calibration, pipeline, and data analysis

Highlights include:

  • Context Sensitive Help via APT
  • Early Release Science (ERS) Call for Proposals
  • Guaranteed Time Observations (GTO) Target List
  • Science Use Cases (Coming for Cycle 1 CfP)
  • Observation Cookbooks (Coming for Cycle 1 CfP)
  • Downloadable reference PDFs (Coming for Cycle 1 CfP)

Currently at over 400 pages, JDox is a work in progress. We plan to enhance the site with targeted search and interactivity with the JWST Help Desk. Future content additions include help videos to walk users through specific tasks and information on the Cycle 1 Guaranteed Observer (GO) Call for Proposals. By applying an agile process, content can easily be added as needed and will continually be updated to keep the community well-informed throughout the JWST mission. So remember to check back frequently to see what's new.