A recently launched program by three universities aims to harness the potential of data scientists and big data. The multimillion dollar collaboration, which includes New York University, the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Washington, is designed to spur collaborations within and across the three campuses and other partners pursuing similar data-intensive science goals.

The five-year, $37.8 million initiative, with support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, was announced at a meeting sponsored by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) focused on developing innovative partnerships to advance technologies that support advanced data management and data analytic techniques.

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