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I see a lot of talk around here regarding the Stack Overflow public data dump.

Where is it? How can I play with it?

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easily search able here on MSO. This question has been asked repeatedly. – Stu Thompson Sep 2 '09 at 8:30
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@Stu, could you provide links? – Pops Sep 6 '10 at 2:58
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@Popular Demand: Via above link, via blog.stackoverflow.com/category/cc-wiki-dump and via media10.simplex.tv/content/xtendx/stu/stackoverflow – Stu Thompson Sep 7 '10 at 9:20
    
@Stu, none of those are links to Meta questions. Your initial comment said "easily searchable here on MSO." – Pops Sep 7 '10 at 12:51
    
@Popular Demain: "Let me MSO Search that for you": meta.stackoverflow.com/search?q=public+data+dump Many of which lead to the two links I posted above. Sorry for trying to help. (Very entertaining that this Question is the first to show up.) – Stu Thompson Sep 8 '10 at 5:45
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@Stu, yes, but there are no dupes. All that info is buried. I still think this question is important. – Pops Sep 8 '10 at 6:14

The data dump lives on archive.org.

A version of it (updated weekly) can be viewed and queried online at data.stackexchange.com - the data here forms the basis for the quarterly data dump.

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I've also got a publicly accessible SQL Server with the data dumps for Server Fault, Stack Overflow, Super User, and Meta Stack Overflow. The connection information is here:

http://www.brentozar.com/archive/2010/02/querying-the-stackoverflow-data-dump/

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Forage through the tag [data-dump] and read up a plenty while you sit back, relax and engorge yourself with cherry ripes and data dumps.

Related: Better know a schema.

And might be good to check out the blog at least once a month. Especially when they squeeze out a good sized dump of the data.

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