The LIGO Open Science Center
The LIGO Open Science Center (LOSC) fulfills LIGO's commitment to release, archive, and serve LIGO data in a broadly accessible way to the scientific community and to the public, and to provide the information and tools necessary to understand and use the data. In August 2014, the LOSC published the full dataset from Initial LIGO's "S5" run at design sensitivity, the first such large-scale release and a valuable testbed to explore the use of LIGO data by non-LIGO researchers and by the public, and to help teach gravitational-wave data analysis to students across the world. In addition to serving the S5 data, the LOSC web portal (losc.ligo.org) now offers documentation, data-location and data-quality queries, tutorials and example code, and more. We review the mission and plans of the LOSC, focusing on the S5 data release.
Content from this work may be used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 licence. Any further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the title of the work, journal citation and DOI. We thank Stuart Anderson, Juan Barayoga, Patrick Brady, Duncan Brown, Laura Cadonati, Vuk Mandic, Szabi Marka, Greg Mendell, Keith Riles, Peter Shawhan, David Shoemaker, and Eric Thrane for helpful discussions and interactions. Beverly Berger, Marie-Anne Bizouard, Vicki Kalogera, Andrew Lundgren, Vivien Raymond, and John Whelan participated in the LSC review of the S5 dataset. We are grateful to the Virgo and GEO collaborations for allowing the LOSC Timeline tool to report observation-segment metadata for their detectors. Alexander Cole, Ashley Disbrow, Gary LaMotte, and Shannon Wang performed early tests of the data. LIGO was constructed by the California Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology with funding from the National Science Foundation, and operates under cooperative agreement NSF-0757058. The LIGO Open Science Center (LOSC) was partially funded by grant NSF-1210172. Part of this work was carried out at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. This is LIGO document LIGO-P1400186. Copyright 2014.
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