The project has decided that raw data from the currently on-going K2 Campaign 12 will be released immediately after downlink. C12 includes the high-profile TRAPPIST-1 exoplanet system.
The raw data will be available from a public directory at the MAST data archive on or near March 6th. The use of the raw data files requires an intimate understanding of their format and caveats. The kadenza tool may be used to convert the raw files into uncalibrated FITS images for quicklook purposes. The traditional pipeline-processed calibrated data products will be released within 2 to 3 months after the end of the Campaign, as usual.
The decision to release the raw data was triggered by a request from members of the K2 community. Similar requests may be made for future Campaigns by sending a well-motivated justification to email@example.com, no later than one month before the end of a Campaign.