This article on "CERN just released 300 terabytes worth of data to the public", was posted by Alfredo Carpineti from IFLScience. Alfredo is an Italian Scientist and Science Communicator with a Ph.D. in Astrophysics and a Master of “Quantum Fields And Fundamental Forces”.
If you’ve ever dreamed of working on the largest experiment in the world, you can now make that dream a reality from the comfort of your own home. CERN has just released more than 300 terabytes (TB) of high-quality open data from its CMS collaboration. The data will also have a huge impact as an educational tool, as the CERN virtual machine can be downloaded and used to help train undergraduates and high school students to be the next generation of particle physicists.
The data includes 100 TB collected at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) by the CMS detector in 2011. This includes raw datasets used by the scientists, as well as simplified datasets that can be analyzed with very little computational power, and even simulated data – which helps the researchers to know what to expect from the experiment.
The image below is from a short video explaining the different functions and purposes of the project in the original article: