Software development discussion site Stack Overflow has started offering quarterly snapshots of its question-and-answer database through Google’s BigQuery database system.
Stack Exchange, parent company for Stack Overflow and its sister sites, has made its site data available to researchers before by way of its online data explorer. But now researchers with a Google Cloud Platform account can plug directly into the dataset using Google’s data exploration tools, which have far fewer limitations than Stack Overflow’s.
If you have a Google Cloud account, you can log in and begin exploring the data directly from a SQL-style web interface. Results from queries can be exported to CSV or JSON, saved to other tables in Google BigQuery, or exported to Google Sheets. BigQuery also comes with a REST API, so it can be used with third-party visualization tools or software stacks.