CERN has announced the opening of the Open Data Portal. It’s a new website that is part of the organization’s Internet infrastructure where the data produced by the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider will be made freely accessible to anyone. Many details of CERN’s ALICE, ATLAS, CMS and LHCb experiments experiments will be made available and among them there are those that led to the confirmation of the existence of the Higgs boson.
CERN Director General Rolf Heuer stated that the launch of the Open Data Portal is an important step for the organization. The data from LHC are among the most important assets of the LHC experiments and are beginning to be shared openly with the world. Heuer said he hopes that this portal will support and inspire the global research community, including students and citizen scientists.
The Open Data Portal was built according to the principles of openness which form part of CERN’s founding Convention. All publications related to LHC are free for everyone to read and re-use. Let’s always remember that CERN is the organization that created the world wide web and released it to the world freely and free of charge.
The first data released are those of the CMS experiment and date back to 2010, during the first LHC run. These data are now publicly available on the Open Data Portal. There’s also an open source software to read and analyze those data along with its documentation.
The primary purpose of the Open Data Portal is to spread those data to make scientific research easier for any intersted organizations. The world wide web project was also created to spread knowlsedge in a better way among scientists.
This new portal will be useful for educational purposes as well. The data are very complex but were processed in a format suitable for simple applications. In this way, they can also used by students to get progressively into the field of physics.
The Open Data Portal is built on the Invenio Digital Library open source software, the same as other Open Science toos and initiatives at CERN. This new initiative brings the state of the art of science to everyone in the most appropriate form: free and available to anyone.