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April 14, 2012

Along with the Majorana paper we have released all data sets displayed in the paper in raw (sashimi-grade) form. The only kind of processing done to this data is to assign proper scaling on the axes.

Data sets can be downloaded from 3TU.Datacentrum: doi:10.4121/uuid:8bf81177-2f2b-49c2-aaf5-d36739873dd9

The data sets are in simple X-Y-Z matrix format. They are currently set up for a nifty standalone called Spyview, developed by Gary Steele and Oliver Dial. Spyview is the iPad of plotting. It has been designed by data-takers for data-takers to reach the natural ease of comprehension even for complex data sets. I especially enjoy the slider that adjusts gamma in color plots.

Spyview can be downloaded here: http://nsweb.tn.tudelft.nl/~gsteele/spyview/ . Just drag-and-drop mtx files we provided into the Spyview window.

I intend to release raw data for all future papers whenever possible. If you think for a second, it is rather silly to record data with a computer, then take a picture of this data, and submit the picture to the journal. Especially since the readers will most likely read the paper on their own computers. What we need is a new document format that combines pdf and Spyview. Imagine raw data sets being part of the paper. You can read the text and tweak the data set in each figure. Rotate them in 3D, produce line cuts, apply math to the data.

Looking forward, more data can be shared than those graphs presented in the paper. For example, the Majorana experiment accumulated 3000 data sets, only a couple dozen of which made it to the paper. Seeing more can be very useful for colleagues who want  to think about the experiments. In the world of open science progress will happen faster.

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