The Internet giant Yahoo Inc. will release a vast amount of data about how its users behave on the web exclusively to university researchers, The Wall Street Journal reports. The data amount to 13.5 terabytes, which, the Journal notes, is two-thirds the size of the Library of Congress.
According to the newspaper, Yahoo’s release represents an effort to attract top researchers to the company. It’s not the first time Yahoo has reached out to academe. In 2014 the company announced a five-year partnership with Carnegie Mellon University to give researchers there real-time access to its data.
The huge trove of data could help researchers make advances in studying artificial intelligence and machine learning.