Data mining is the process of discovering these patterns among the data and is therefore also known as Knowledge Discovery from Data (KDD).
Microsoft Research Open Data is a search engine for free datasets available from Microsoft Research. The datasets are primarily aimed at Natural Language Processing (NLP) and computer vision. Take a look if you are in need of a dataset for your next project.
An interview with John Byrnes. Where has SQL taken his career? What does the SQLSaturday community mean to him? Why should someone attend a SQLSaturday event?