In 2006, after weblogging for some 6 years while working at UC Berkeley, I took on a new role as a data architect on campus. I felt it important to keep blogging about my professional interests but to do so under a new moniker. I came up with "data unbound" to name the passion I had for the myriad possibilities latent in data, some of which I have strived to reveal.
A lot has happen since I started dataunbound.com, the weblog. I left my staff position at UC Berkeley so that I could devote myself more fully to the task of teaching others about the world of web APIs and mashups. I wrote my book on the subject Pro Web 2.0 Mashups: Remixing Data and Web Services, which has been very well-received, I'm pleased to say. Right now, I'm teaching my course Mixing and Remixing Information for the fifth time at the School of Information at UC Berkeley. This year, I'm focusing the course on the rapidly expanding area of open government and the web.
And now, I (in partnership with my wife, Laura Shefler) have taken the next step of formally starting Data Unbound LLC:
Data Unbound LLC is a training and consulting company that helps organizations access and share data effectively. The value of your data, when it is scattered throughout multiple databases and applications, grows if you can make it all work together. This value increases further when you leverage your information resources with the vast world of data on the Web. Our specialty is helping you to use APIs (application programming interfaces) to integrate data across your organization and beyond.
We're open for business, ready to work with clients to solve their data problems. Our training will enable their organizations to integrate data, both their own and that of others through APIs and data standards. I encourage you to read more of what we have written on dataunbound.com, in which we detail our approach and our offerings. In the next months, I'll be describing how general principles behind data integration and web APIs can solve your problems in your specific context. And if you know anyone who make use of Data Unbound, by all means, put them in touch with us.