Comments on: Amazon Gets into the Public Data Sets Game The Official Kirix Weblog Tue, 26 Mar 2019 18:54:59 +0000 By: AWS Public Data Sets Continues to Expand | Data and the Web AWS Public Data Sets Continues to Expand | Data and the Web Wed, 25 Feb 2009 18:02:55 +0000 [...] we posted some information on Amazon's foray into making huge public data sets available to users of their web services. Yesterday they announced the addition of some very sizable [...] By: Ken Kaczmarek Ken Kaczmarek Tue, 09 Dec 2008 15:26:57 +0000 Hi Garrett, Thanks for posting about your EC2 experience -- sounds like it hits the nail on the head. Your InfoPogo site looks interesting. I'll bookmark it and look forward to see how it progresses in the coming months. By: Garrett McAulife Garrett McAulife Tue, 09 Dec 2008 00:40:24 +0000 We've played with their census data a bit. The real benefit is that it saves you a **LOT** of time from having to download it from's FTP site (i.e instead of taking 10's of hours to get the full census data sets, you can have the data up and running on a server in literally less than 5 minutes). That said, you still have to do all the number crunching, modifications, correlations, etc. yourself (using an EC2 instance). But, since you pay by the hour for an EC2 instance, and can have the data back in minutes -- it's possible to use the data for a few hours, pay less than a dollar for that time, then turn off your EC2 instance, go home, and have the data back up and running in a few minutes the next day. That's pretty cool -- and I believe it will spur some pretty cool innovation on Amazon's cloud... We're hosting a subset of the census data right now on our product (hosted on EC2/EBS/S3). We've taken the data and made it so that consumers can see it directly on a web site. We just posted it on Friday, and have a long way to go to make it pretty and usable, but if you're interested in Census/Crime/Demographic type data, you can get a sneak peek here: