something along these lines: https://wiki.postgresql.org/wiki/Sample_Databases

the open streetmap data is huge. I am looking for a small to medium dataset that is quick to download but diverse enough to play with and learn.

  • You can just select a small area on www.openstreetmap.org . – Swier Jun 14 '16 at 8:33
  • CartoDB has tons of user datasets to download (as shapefiles, geojson, csv, etc.) for exploration: cartodb.com/explore – Andy Eschbacher Jun 14 '16 at 14:12

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