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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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The latest release of 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.
Older releases are listed in this answer - however, many are no longer available.
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.