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Some of what I missed from the Cmd-D Automation Conference

The CMD-D|Masters of Automation one-day conference in early August would have been right up my alley: It’ll be a full day of exploring the current state of automation technology on both Apple platforms, sharing ideas and concepts, and showing what’s possible—all with the goal of inspiring and furthering development of your own automation projects. Fortunately, […]

Fine-tuning a Python wrapper for the web API and other #ianno17 followup

In anticipation of #ianno17 Hack Day, I wrote about my plans for the event, one of which was to revisit my own Python wrapper for the nascent web API. Instead of spending much time on my own wrapper, I spent most of the day working with Jon Udell's wrapper for the API. I've been […]

Revisiting at I Annotate 2017

I'm looking forward to hacking on web and epub annotation at the #ianno17 Hack Day. I won't be at the I Annotate 2017 conference per se but will be curious to see what comes out of the annual conference. I continue to have high hopes for digital annotations, both on the Web and in non-web […]

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 […]