A few days ago, CERN launched an Open Data Portal to publicly share data from the Large Hadron Collider. We are some of the scientists behind this project, working to make science more open globally. Ask Us (Almost) Anything about open data, open ...
We unveiled the CERN Open Data Portal to the world recently, releasing samples for education from all the main LHC experiments and around 27 TB of high-level and analysable LHC data from the CMS Experiment.
Following CERN’s last AMA, we’re thrilled to be here today to talk to you not only about open science but also our Open Data Portal, #cernopendata and the tools you can build on top of our data. We are:
- From CERN Information Technology:
- Tim Smith, Head of Collaboration and Information Services (tjs)
- Jamie Shiers, Project leader, Data and Knowledge Preservation in High-Energy Physics (js)
- Tibor Simko, Technology Lead for the Open Data Portal (ts)
- From CERN Scientific Information Service:
- Salvatore Mele, Head of Open Access (sm)
- Sünje Dallmeier-Tiessen, Open Science Research Fellow (sdt)
- From the CMS Experiment:
- Kati Lassila-Perini, Physicist and Co-ordinator of the CMS Data Preservation and Open Data project (klp)
- Tom McCauley, Physicist and Developer of CMS education/outreach tools (tm)
We’ll sign our posts with our initials (see above) so you know who said what. Just to be clear, we are speaking with you in our personal capacities and CERN does not necessarily support the views expressed during the AMA. Joining us are a few of our friends from CERN:
- Kate Kahle (/u/kate_kahle), CERN social-media manager
- Achintya Rao (/u/RaoOfPhysics), CMS science communicator and Science Communication doctoral student
- Patricia Herterich (/u/PHerterich), Data librarian and Open Science doctoral student
We’ll answer your questions from 16:00 CET until 17:30 CET (UTC+01).
About the CERN Open Data Portal
The CERN Open Data portal is the access point to a growing range of data produced through the research performed at CERN. It disseminates the preserved output from various research activities, including accompanying software and documentation that is needed to understand and analyse the data being shared.
The portal adheres to established global standards in data preservation and Open Science: the products are shared under open licenses; they are issued with a digital object identifier (DOI) to make them citable objects in the scientific discourse.
CERN is the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, located in Geneva, Switzerland. Its flagship accelerator is the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which has four main particle detectors: ALICE, ATLAS, CMS and LHCb. Two years ago, CMS and ATLAS announced the discovery of a new particle that we now believe is a Higgs boson.
In addition to the LHC experiments, we have dedicated facilities for studying antimatter, nuclear physics and climate science. Oh, and we also have a particle detector operating on the International Space Station!
For updates, news and more, head over to our unofficial home on reddit: /r/CERN!
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EDIT: 17:50 CET — Ok, everyone! We're logging out now. This was fun, and we hope you enjoy all of our data over on the CERN Open Data Portal.