CERN Adopts New Open Data Policy

CERN has announced a new open data policy for scientific experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The policy commits to publicly releasing level 3 scientific data—the type required to perform scientific studies—that is collected through LHC experiments. According to the announcement, the policy also “addresses the growing movement of open science, which aims to make scientific research more reproducible, accessible, and collaborative.”

The datasets will be released through the CERN Open Data Portal and will be available using the FAIR Principles, which ensure findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reusability of data.

“The open data policy reflects CERN’s commitment to open science, which was already asserted in the CERN Convention over 60 years ago,” said Eckhard Elsen, CERN Director for Research and Computing. “The policy sets out the concrete steps towards its implementation at CERN, which will make data available to the extended scientific community as well as the general public.”