CERN has published more than 300 terabytes of data from Large Hadron Collider online. The data released for free belongs to the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) Experiment, one of the large particle detectors.
The data made online covers half the data collected by the CMS detector in 2011. CERN had earlier released 27TB of research data collected in 2010.
CERN’s data comes in two forms – primary datasets and derived datasets. While primary datasets are the same format used by CERN researchers, the derived datasets require less computing power and are made available for university and high-school students.
CERN isn’t just giving away data, the research body has also made a software based on their own modeling tool free to download. This should ease the analysis of data and create a wider awareness on proton collision and energy released during such collisions.
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CERN says “the data is being made public in accordance with its commitment to long-term data preservation and open-data policy.” The data released by CERN will surely encourage inspiring high-school students to study particle physics.