Kepler Data Characteristics Handbook (KDCH)
The Data Characteristics Handbook provides a description of the systematic phenomena identified in the Kepler data, and an explanation for how these characteristics are currently handled by the data analysis pipeline. With each quarterly release of data and each release of reprocessed data, a set of Data Release Notes is produced that tabulates the phenomena unique to that data set. The motivation for this separation into static, explanatory text and a set of dynamic figures and tables is the hope that once the user becomes familiar with the Data Characteristics Handbook, with each quarterly release they need only peruse the short notes for that quarter.
Kepler Data Processing Handbook (KDPH)
The KDPH provides a detailed descriptions of the pipeline processing modules: target selection,
pixel sets, derivation of calibrated and corrected photometric time series, transit detection,
and validation of detected transits.
A technical note accompanies each data delivery to the MAST archive. Each note quantifies systematic issues specific to the pipeline processing and data quality of the delivery.
The MAST Data Release Notes page is the primary repository for the notes and
associated files. Below are links to the individual notes. The DRN provide critical information concerning the quality and nature of the data in concise form. Newcomers to the archive can understand the content of the DRNs by reading the Data Characteristics Handbook.