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Announcing Data Unbound: a new training and consulting firm

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 […]

ARRA Treasury Account Symbols: the outcome of our FOIA request

In July, I wrote about why I've been looking for Recovery TAFS and appropriations. In an attempt to get an official list from the US federal government, Eric Kansa and I sent a FOIA letter to OMB to request the release (in electronic form) of a complete and up-to-date list of all Recovery Act (ARRA) […]

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Web Services for

Today, my colleagues Erik Wilde, Eric Kansa, and I are pleased to announce our new report "Web Services for" and its companion website   Last week, the redesign of was made public to much fanfare. is  the U.S. government’s official website for publicly documenting how funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment […]


Advice for

Rusty Talbot posted the following request for feedback on the Sunlight Labs list this morning The Recovery, Accountability, & Transparency Board wishes to have an open discussion with all interested developers about how data should be made available via As you are all aware, a new version of will be released soon. From […]


calendar data from Educause put into a Google Calendar

I'm starting to prepare my notes for the pre-conference seminar Creating and Enabling Web Mashups that I'll be leading on November 3, 2009 at 2009 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference.   I'm looking for good examples to use in the seminar.  One that I'm contemplating is showing how to import the Educause 2009 calendar, which is available as […]

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plotting data for counties on Google Maps: Part I

There is a huge amount of government and socio-economic data in general  gathered at the county level.  It would be nice to be able to plot that data on an desktop or online map (e.g., Google maps).  This morning I posted a question on the  Sunlight labs mailing list asking for some help: I would […]

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I'm looking forward to Transparency Camp 2009

I'll be at TransparencyCamp 2009 tomorrow (You can follow the conference tweets at #tcamp09, whether or not you'll be in physical attendance.) Since TCamp09 is an unconference, any formal agenda will be determined at the conference by sessions attendees propose there. I'd like to see and attend sessions on the following topics: projects/techniques to track […]

A clarification of why I'm looking for Recovery TAFS and appropriations

In response to a question I received on a mailing list in response to my query  Does anyone know of a complete and up-to-date list of Recovery Act accounts? concerning why I was looking for amounts appropriated and not just obligated an spent for the Recovery, I wrote the following clarification (which I have edited […]

Does anyone know of a complete and up-to-date list of Recovery Act accounts?

Does anyone know of a complete and up-to-date list of Recovery Act TAFS — basically a list of all the basic accounts of money flowing from the Recovery Act?  There was one published by ProPublica on April 1, 2009 (from the post Falling Short of Expectations So Far – ProPublica ) and one buried […]

My project idea for the Freebase Hack Day

[Post in progress] In this post, I will write about my project proposal for the upcoming Freebase HackDay. The project is to elaborate the prototype at An org chart of the US Federal Government Based on OMB agency and bureau codes. See what I've written at I'm writing up a longer post right now, […]