Education and Open Data

Education and Open Data

Project leader: Kati Lassila-Perini

Education and open data project covers two domains:

  • Finnish high-school and teacher visits at CERN
  • Data preservation and open access of the CMS experiment.

Close interconnection of these two activities results in fruitful collaboration promoting the use of open data in education and offers highly interesting thesis subjects at Bachelor, Master and doctoral level.

The Finnish high-school visit programme has been very successful: more than 5000 high-school students and teachers have attended a three-day visit at CERN since the beginning of this activity in 2000. Each year, 18 groups of high-school students visit CERN as a part of their science studies. A separate five-day course is organized for teachers in June.

More information for schools is available in page Koulujen CERN-verkostot.

The Data preservation and open access project in the CMS experiment started in 2012. The project has defined the principles of long-term preservation and reusability of the scientific data in CMS, and delivered two open data releases, in November 2014 and in April 2016, through CERN Open Data portal. This is the leading project in the particle physics in this domain. The preparations of the next release in 2017 are under way.

The public data opens a wide variety of yet mostly unexploited possibilities for their use in education. The large and complex scientific datasets can be further simplified for use in teaching of basic physics, statistical methods and data handling in general. With  the combined expertise on education and scientific data, this project is developing tools for an introduction to the concept of big data at school. The first training course on the use of open data in education was organized in 2017 (Hiukkasfysiikan avoin data opetuksessa).