UC Berkeley is establishing a new institute to support big data research in areas as diverse as astronomy and economics, genetics and demography.

The Berkeley Institute for Data Science, to be housed in the campus’s central library building, is made possible by grants from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Sloan Foundation, which together pledged $37.8 million over five years to three universities – UC Berkeley, the University of Washington and New York University – to foster collaboration in the area of “data science.”

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