Condition database includes non-event-related information (Alignment, Calibration, Temperature, etc.) and parameters for simulation/reconstruction/analysis software.
These files are needed when running a CMSSW job on the open data environment (VM or container), and they are available in the /cvmfs/cms-opendata-conddb.cern.ch file system. They are automatically read from /cvmfs/cms-opendata-conddb.cern.ch/102X_upgrade2018_design_v9.db runtime.
102X_upgrade2018_design_v9 is to be used with the 2018 simulated data released for data science studies.
See further information in the guide to CMS condition database.
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