What is Academic Torrents?
What is academic torrents?
Academic Torrents is an index for scientific data, a redundant and high speed network, and the future of reproducibility and open access
As an index for scientific data we provide a portal to show every entity in the system such as the entire English wikipedia. Each entity is stored with bibtex to allow for a robust description.
Collections provide a grouping of entities as curated by a user. Here we see a collection of UCI machine learning datasets. We provide the ability to download entire collections at once.
We also provide the ability to search the index. Here we see entities relating to “mars” such as UPC, THEMIS, and MOLA data. Note there is no limit on the size of datasets in this system.
We are also a redundant and high speed network.
Redundancy is obtained using the bittorrent protocol. Because files are cryptographically verified by the client, anyone can volunteer their servers without security concerns. This provides high availability fault tolerance.
Universities, research groups, and anyone else can selectively mirror the content that they decide is important
Downloading a file also acts to mirror it which allows the system to deal with scale organically. as more people download the faster download speeds become