Data Science for Research

Data Science for Research


Microsoft Research provides a continuously refreshed collection of free datasets, tools and resources designed to advance the state of the art of academic research in many areas of computer science, such as natural language processing and computer vision. In addition, you can browse datasets and apply for cloud-based compute cycles available under the Azure for Research program.

Spend more time doing computer science and less time on looking for datasets and computational cycles to push the state of the art:



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Dataset directory

Datasets are ordered by recency (more recent at the top) and by their primary research area. If you don’t find what you are looking for in one area, be sure to browse the others.

Human computer interaction

These datasets have to do with methods of interactions between humans and computers such as gesture, speech, and touch.

Audio / video

These datasets are video, continuous images, or audio files.

Data mining / information retrieval

These datasets are semantic maps or image-retrieval data.

Geospatial / location

These datasets contain GPS traces for a variety of applications; validation, activity analysis, and location obfuscation.

Natural language processing

These datasets cut across various NLP applications from semantic analysis, entity extraction, captioning (of video), question answering and many others.

Robotics / computer vision

These datasets are designed to be used for image and video recognition captured by still cameras, depth cameras, robots, and standard video. These clips and images usually include tags or captions to assist with training recognition systems.


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