Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS)
BIDS is a central hub of data-intensive research, open source software, and data science training programs at UC Berkeley.
Who we are
BIDS programs and initiatives are designed to facilitate collaboration across an increasingly diverse and active data science community of domain experts from the life, social, and physical sciences, as well as methodological experts from computer science, statistics, and applied mathematics. Since its launch in 2013, BIDS has cultivated an environment of open inquiry and discovery for data-intensive research. As an integral part of UC Berkeley’s Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society (CDSS), launched in 2019, we continue to seek new and creative ways to cross traditional academic boundaries and engage a diverse community of researchers representing a wide array of disciplines.
How We Work
BIDS supports innovative cross-disciplinary research for faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate and undergraduate research in a variety of fields across the life, health, social, and physical sciences, the humanities, and in computer science, statistics, and applied mathematics. BIDS also contributes to open source, open science, and open data resource communities in support of academic research. BIDS Data Science Training Programs facilitate innovative collaboration across all research disciplines, providing a variety of opportunities for researchers at all levels, including the BIDS Cross Domain Initiatives (XDs), various Fellowship and Internship Programs, as well as data science education and outreach programs. BIDS hosts a variety of Events that are open to the public – ranging from discussion groups and workshops to training seminars, webinars, and lecture series – and many previous events are available on video. BIDS has created and actively maintains a reputation of open engagement, which has been an integral factor in fostering collaboration and data science engagement with research.