“But in January, Busboom founded the San Diego Regional Data Library, to “make our social programs, civic groups, and government organizations more effective; our citizens better informed; and our policy makers able to make better decisions,” according to the library’s website.” – Voice of San Diego, October 2013
A lot of the issues we have now are so fine-grain that you have to have good data to solve them,” Busboom says. “Our nonprofits and governments often don’t have access to the skills that are required to do that. The goal is to find volunteers and make connections.” – San Diego Magazine, 2014
“In recent months, the Data Library has worked to digitize the maps of homeless person counts for the last five years collected by the Downtown San Diego Partnership. The data conversion got underway earlier this year with the assistance of Kearny High School students and more progress is expected this fall.” – UCSD Extension, September 2019
Civic Knowledge provides commercial data services for companies, governments and nonprofits.
The San Diego Regional Data Library runs volunteer, pro-bono data projects
The League of Amazing Programmers teaches kids to code, preparing them for working as professional programmers before they’ve graduated from High School. I am the board President.
Metatab is an open source project that develop tools for data wrangling and packaging, making data easier for analysts to use.
San Diego Canyonlands protects and restores San Diego’s many canyons, one of the regions most distinctive features. I was the founding board President, and am occasionally involved in special projects.
Each summer I host 1 to 3 students to work on refurbishing a 6 axis laboratory robot arm, giving them practical experience with programming, electronics and industrial engineering.