Sean M Carroll, Theoretical Physicist
European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) is one of the grandest and most expensive scientific endeavours in human history, and most of what is done at CERN is either too advanced or too expensive for everyone else to use.
Keeping that in mind, CERN has decided to release 300 TB (terabyte) of data from its Large Hadron Collider (LHC) for free use on the Internet, according to an article tweeted by theoretical physicist Sean M Carroll.
A third of this information is “data from proton collisions at 7 TeV (Transient Earth Voltage), making up half the data collected at the LHC by the CMS detector in 2011”, a CERN statement said. Other than the raw data (called primary datasets), CERN has also designed an Internet tool called CERN Open Data Portal which helps you take a look at all the data visually and track the experiments.
“The benefits are numerous, from inspiring high-school students to training particle physicists of tomorrow,” CERN said. CERN added that it hoped to engage the curiosity of physicists around the world, irrespective of whether they are professionals, academics or amateurs, so that they are exposed to the best data on particle physics available anywhere in the world.