Microsoft Big Data Hackathon Resources

Data sets

ThinkData Works Data sets:
The site consolidates data from, Statistics Canada, Provincial Data sources, GoodLife Fitness, SpotCrime and others.  Here are the links to a few datasets of interest:


·       Ward profiles:

·       Well being Toronto:

·       Labour force survey estimates (lfs), by sex and age group


·       Road restrictions:

·       Traffic and pedestrian volume:

·       TTC stop times:

·      TTC Trips:

·       TTC Stops:

Social and community housing:

·       Drop in locations:

·       Homeless shelters:


·       Active building permits:

Cultural / POI

·       Cultural spaces:

·       Schools:

·       Child care centres: 

·       Early years centres:

·       Parks:

·       Places of interest:

·       Businesses:


·      Canadian Disaster Database:

Canadian Government Open Data Portal: 
Finance, Economics and Society data:
You also can use Power Query to retrieve data from Facebook: please read article about it here
US/Canada Border Wait Times are available here
The data set is not large (around 1M records)  and In itself is not very interesting – as analysis is pretty much limited to location and time - but if mangled with other widely available data sets, could be a basis for relatively interesting exploratory and predictive analysis.
You  could integrate and correlate it with:

·         Weather data from nearby weather stations:

·         Canadian dollar exchange rates:

·         Fuel prices: and

·         Terror alert levels


Using these data sets you could perform both historical analysis (including geo-spatial visualizations) and attempt to build a predictive model.

Trial versions and subscriptions

·         Office Professional Plus 2013 or Office 365 (we recommend to use Office 365 Pro Plus version)

·         Excel Add-ons: Power Map, Power Query

·         Azure ML Trial

Online trainings

·         Getting Started with Microsoft Azure Machine Learning

·         Faster Insights to Data with Power BI Jump Start

·         Implementing Big Data Analysis

·         Big Data Analytics

Other resources

·         Custom Maps in Power MAP (Custom Maps work in Office 365 Pro Plus only) 

·         Canadian County and Postal Code Shading in Power Map for Excel


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