Open Data

Fundamental to Breakthrough Listen is transparency of data for everyone.

Each telescope will generate vast amounts of data. All of it will be open to the public. This is likely to produce the largest amount of scientific data ever made available to the public.

Breakthrough Initiatives are also developing powerful software for analyzing this data. All this software will be open source. The hardware and software used in the LISTEN project will be compatible with other telescopes around the world, enabling them to join the search for intelligent life. And scientists and members of the public can develop their own apps to sift the data for phenomena of interest.

We will also be joining forces University of California, Berkeley and their famous SETI@home program to bring the power of distributed computing to bear on the data. SETI@home is a platform of 9 million computers around the globe – collectively forming one of the world’s biggest supercomputers.