Thursday, February 10, 2011

Markets in Everything: Datasets (Many Are Free)

The website "Infochimps" makes it easy to buy, sell and share data online.  Many datasets are free, and some are available for sale, here are some examples:

1. Play-by-play data for every Major League Baseball game from 1950 through 2009 (free), and MLB boxscores for all games between 1871 and 2008 (free).

2. Twitter Census: 500 million "tweets" from 35 million users between March 2006 to November 2009 ($1,000). 

3. NYSE daily data (open, high, low, close, volume) from 1970 to February 2010 (free), free datasets also available for NASDAQ and AMEX

4. Word list: +100,000 Official Crossword words (Excel file, free).

5. MySpace user count by zipcode ($120).

HT: Peter Parlapiano


At 2/10/2011 11:25 AM, Blogger Buddy R Pacifico said...

The year is 1805 and the U.S. Prez decides to make a major land purchase. In taking a detour from a strict constitutionalist philosphy the interest rate to make the deal happen was 6.38%. I was guessing much lower because of my perception that everything cost less, including borrowing money. The Measuring Worth site provided the data.

The price of the deal was a "song" at $15 million to buy land at 4 cents an acre. The Treaty of Cession added 828,000 sq. mi. to Thomas Jefferson's vison to extend "an empire of liberty".

At 2/10/2011 11:37 AM, Blogger Buddy R Pacifico said...

I referenced the Measuring Worth web site in my comment above becuase I was directed to it by Infochimps.

At 2/10/2011 2:45 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Mark,

Thanks for the shout out. I'm the Community Manager at Infochimps, so please let me know if there is any particular data you are looking for in the future.



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