In an effort to address the surging demand for data professionals who are schooled in the use of big data, the University of California at Berkeley is launching a Master of Information and Data Science (MIDS) program online.

“This new degree program is in response to a dramatically growing need for well-trained big-data professionals who can organize, analyze and interpret the deluge of often messy and unorganized data available from the Web, sensor networks, mobile devices and elsewhere,” says AnnaLee Saxenian, dean of U.C. Berkeley’s School of Information (I School), home to the new program.

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