Sign up for AWS here.
Go to the Amazon EC2 page here. Click the “Sign up for Amazon EC2” button and follow the on-screen instructions. By signing up for Amazon EC2, you will be automatically signed up for Amazon S3. You can also sign up for other services.
The sign-up process requires a debit or credit card which will not be charged until your usage exceeds the credit amount. NOTE: if you set up any AWS services, you are responsible for shutting them down to avoid running up usage charges.
If you need help in signing up, you can watch this presentation online: http://bit.ly/aws-signup
Send an e-mail to:
with the following information:
- Contact email
- Email address (the e-mail used to sign up for the AWS account)
- Account ID (Find your 12-digit account ID here)
- Canonical User ID, similar link above.
You will receive a reply when you have been added to the security policy of the S3 buckets. From that point, you will be able to browse and access the datasets as below.
If you are unfamiliar with Amazon Web Services, the easiest way to test that you have access is as follows:
- if you're on Windows, I recommend installing S3 Browser: http://s3browser.com/
- otherwise download Amazon S3 Organiser for Firefox: http://s3fox.net/
- Using one of the above, fill in your Access Key and Secret Key (available here).
- in the remote window, browse the content of the S3 buckets by typing /[BUCKET-NAME]/ where [BUCKET-NAME] is the name of the bucket that has been created for the hackathon and emailed to you.
To view the content of the S3 buckets, place ”/[BUCKET-NAME]/” on the right hand side of the S3Fox organizer page:
You will ultimately, want to access S3 on your local drive or sandbox EC2 instance via the command line. s3cmd is a great tool to do that.
1. Start off with
$ s3cmd --configure
Specify the details asked accordingly. Select usage of HTTPS protocol. HTTP proxy should not be necessary in most cases.
2. List content of UP Singapore bucket (e.g. “up-singapore-raw-data” bucket)
$ s3cmd ls s3://up-singapore-raw-data/
3. Getting a file:
$ s3cmd get s3://up-singapore-raw-data/medtronic/medtronic-carelink-export.csv s3://health-up-raw-data/medtronic/medtronic-carelink-export.csv -> ./medtronic-carelink-export.csv [1 of 1] 57 of 57 100% in 0s 175.38 B/s done
When you sign up for a new AWS account, you will be entitled to the Free Usage Tier. If you are registered for any of our AWS workshops, you should also receive an email from AWS containing a code for complimentary credits for AWS services.
The free tier should be enough for the weekend's usage, but it is your responsibility to shut down any running instances on Sunday, or anything else that might run up a large bill. Sorry, but we are not able to provide refunds for machines accidentally left running in the cloud.