For seven years, the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS) has been transforming the process of data-intensive discovery and the institutional environment in which scientific discovery takes place. BIDS has advanced discovery by creating new data science tools, methods, communities, and career paths. And BIDS has changed the institutional environment at the University of California, Berkeley, by serving as the fulcrum for its academic community and its collaborators to conduct impactful cross-disciplinary research and training.
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation made all of this possible beginning in 2013 through their Moore Sloan Data Science Environment (MSDSE) grants. BIDS remains ever grateful. We are proud of our history with the Foundations, the University of Washington, and New York University in the Data Science Environment Partnership. We look forward to our future working together through the Academic Data Science Alliance.
BIDS facility in 190 Doe Library.As BIDS enters its eighth year, we – the Directors, Faculty Council, and Staff – believe that the Institute has demonstrated what the Foundations expected: how an institution-wide commitment to data science can deliver dramatic gains in scientific productivity and lead to significant new discoveries and institutional change (Source: msdse.org/about). BIDS has indeed matured into an integral and self-sustaining research institute at UC Berkeley. We offer this annual report with much gratitude.