The LHC data hack
One of the experiments from the Large Hadron Collider, the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment), has released a small amount of the data for educational purposes. However, it is hard to access and even more difficult to understand. Can we hack a better interface to these data? Can we create a website to allow others to use these data for education or art? Or can we do real SCIENCE with these data (my super-high-aiming goal!)???? I'll bring the data and explain what is in these datasets and some simple tools to interface with these data. Looking for hackers, coders, educators, artists and definitely designers, to figure out if this can be done.
Here's some preliminary links which should help you come up to speed on the goals and possibilities for this hack!
- The data come from the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the LHC.
- Much of the physics analysis relies on a working knowledge of Four-vectors and how they relate energy, momentum, velocity and mass at speeds where Einstein's special theory of relativity becomes relevant.
- Links to the publicly available data.
- A description of the .ig format used in some of these files.
- The .ig files are essentially zipped JSON files.