Thursday, May 14, 2009

OpenDatabase.info Needs Science Data

The Open Database Project found at www.OpenDatabase.info is a free public search engine for data. The homepage has a simple "Search for Data" box similar in nature to the Google homepage. Public users are invited to upload data or search for data. You can search for data by keyword or by category. The growing repository is especially in need of science related data.

As an example of how it works, you can enter the keywords:

galaxy clusters

The OpenDatabase search engine returns a database containing locations for 1,351 Abell galaxy clusters in SDSS DR5 (Sloan Digital Sky Survey, 5th data release). If you have your own science data, please consider publishing it on The Open Database Project.

I think the idea of a free data repository is a positive one especially for science data. I would love it if I could go to a single source for a list of all known exoplanets, or near Earth objects (NEOs), or gamma ray bursts (GRBs), or moons of planets in our solar system, or supernovas, etc. etc. You can probably find all this data with Google, but it would take you time to locate a good data source for any of the above. So I hope people take the hint and publish science data.

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