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I'm looking for some example or sample databases (sales / production / employee / sports / Etc) to test my skills on other systems. So far my skills are limited to one sector education and i want to branch out see if the skill I've learned can be applied easily to other markets.

Ideally they would be large data sets. I can't seem to find any myself that are free or of any use. Format isn't much of an issue as i have used most forms of SQL, etc.

Thanks in advance.

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For SQL Server, here are a few options that may be useful:

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For MySQL, there are sample databases used (frequently in examples) and they are to be found here (rather confusingly) in the "documentation" section, under "other docs" - here. I'm afraid that I can't help with SQL Server, but I'm sure that there are others here who can.

  • Example Databases Title Download DB HTML Setup Guide PDF Setup Guide
  • employee data (large dataset, includes data and test/verification suite) Launchpad
  • world database
  • sakila database
  • menagerie database

You might also want to check out my reply here to a poster who was looking for NoSQL datasets (shouldn't make a difference whether it's NoSQL or not).

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The Transaction Processing Performance Council publishes free of charge all its current benchmark documentation, which includes database schemas and tools to populate them. They are designed to be database-agnostic, so you can deploy them on pretty much any database platform.

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