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Can someone throw some light on the below url:

http://data.stackexchange.com/stackoverflow/atom

Where is it used on Stack Overflow and what is its primary purpose?

The above url will generate:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" standalone="yes"?>
<service xml:base="http://data.stackexchange.com/stackoverflow/atom/" xmlns:atom="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom" xmlns:app="http://www.w3.org/2007/app" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2007/app">
  <workspace>
    <atom:title>Default</atom:title>
    <collection href="Badges">
      <atom:title>Badges</atom:title>
    </collection>
    <collection href="Comments">
      <atom:title>Comments</atom:title>
    </collection>
    <collection href="Posts">
      <atom:title>Posts</atom:title>
    </collection>
    <collection href="Tags">
      <atom:title>Tags</atom:title>
    </collection>
    <collection href="Users">
      <atom:title>Users</atom:title>
    </collection>
    <collection href="Votes">
      <atom:title>Votes</atom:title>
    </collection>
    <collection href="VoteTypes">
      <atom:title>VoteTypes</atom:title>
    </collection>
  </workspace>
</service>
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    So, an undocumented url produces an undocumented result? – Henk Holterman Oct 26 '12 at 13:08
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Where is it used on Stack Overflow...

It's not.

...and what is its primary purpose?

It's an a feed showing the OData endpoints that Data Explorer exposes. For instance, this request produces Votes results for the post with ID 20120955 on Stack Overflow.

OData support in Data Explorer is currently only lightly maintained, since using the Stack Exchange API is almost always the better option.

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