James Frew

Associate Professor
Bren School of Environmental Science and Management
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5131

voice: +1-805-893-7356
email: frew at bren dot ucsb dot edu
web: http://frew.eri.ucsb.edu

Short biography

James Frew is an Associate Professor in the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), and a principal investigator in UCSB's Earth Research Institute (ERI).

His research interests lie in the emerging field of environmental informatics, a synthesis of computer, information, and Earth sciences. He is interested in information architectures that improve the discoverability, usability, and reliability of distributed environmental information. Trained as a geographer, he has worked in remote sensing, image processing, software architecture, massive distributed data systems, and digital libraries. His current research is focused on geospatial information provenance, science data curation, and applications of array databases, using remote sensing data products as operational test beds. He has affiliate appointments in UCSB's Geography and Computer Science departments.

He received his Ph.D. in Geography from UCSB in 1990. As part of his doctoral research, he developed the Image Processing Workbench, an open-source set of software tools for remote sensing image processing. He served as both the Manager and the Acting Director of UCSB's Computer Systems Laboratory (ERI's predecessor), and as the Associate Director of the Sequoia 2000 Project, a 3-year $14M multi-campus consortium formed to investigate large-scale data management aspects of global change problems. He was a co-PI on the Alexandria Project (part of NSF's Digital Libraries Initiative), where he directed the development of the Alexandria Digital Earth Prototype (ADEPT) testbed system. He also served on the National Research Council's Committee on Earth Science Data Utilization, and as President (2009-2011) of the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners. During the 2005-2006 academic year he was a visiting professor at the University of Edinburgh's Digital Curation Centre.

Contents

Research Interests

Environmental/geospatial information management; digital archiving and curation; scientific computing environments; information provenance.

Education

All degrees in Geography at University of California, Santa Barbara

Employment

Awards and Honors

Publications

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Refereed (Journal Articles, Book Chapters, and Conference Proceedings)

  1. Dozier, J. and Frew, J., 1981. Atmospheric corrections to satellite radiometric data over rugged terrain. Remote Sensing of Environment, 11: 191-205. doi:10.1016/0034-4257(81)90019-5
  2. Nichols, D., Frew, J., Marks, D., Lohman, G. and Wallgren, K., 1982. Digital hardware. In: R. Colwell (Editor), Manual of Remote Sensing. American Society of Photogrammetry, Falls Church, VA, pp. 841-871.
  3. Marks, D., Dozier, J. and Frew, J., 1984. Automated basin delineation from digital elevation data. Geo-Processing, 2: 299-311.
  4. Dozier, J. and Frew, J., 1990. Rapid calculation of terrain parameters for radiation modeling from digital elevation data. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 28(5): 963-969. doi:10.1109/36.58986
  5. Stonebraker, M., Frew, J., Gardels, K. and Meredith, J., 1993. The Sequoia 2000 benchmark. In: P. Buneman and S. Jajodia (Editors), ACM SIGMOD International Conference on Management of Data. ACM Press, Washington, DC, pp. 2-11. doi:10.1145/170035.170038
  6. Stonebraker, M., Frew, J. and Dozier, J., 1993. The SEQUOIA 2000 Project. In: D. Abel and B. Ooi (Editors), SSD'93 Third International Symposium on Advances in Spatial Databases. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Singapore, pp. 397-412. doi:10.1007/3-540-56869-7_22
  7. Frew, J., 1994. Bigfoot: an Earth science computing environment for the Sequoia 2000 Project. In: W. Michener, J. Brunt and S. Stafford (Editors), Environmental Information Management and Analysis. Taylor and Francis, London, pp. 113-125. ISBN: 0-7484-0123-7
  8. Frew, J. and Dozier, J., 1997. Data management for Earth system science. SIGMOD Record, 26(1): 27-31. http://www.sigmod.org/publications/sigmod-record/9703/Special/frew.ps
  9. Frew, J., Freeston, M., Freitas, N., Hill, L., Janée, G., Lovette, K., Nideffer, R., Smith, T. and Zheng, Q., 1998. The Alexandria Digital Library architecture. In: C. Nikolaou and C. Stephanidis (Editors), ECDL '98 Second European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Heraklion, Greece, pp. 61-73. doi:10.1007/3-540-49653-X_5
  10. Frew, J., Freeston, M., Hill, L., Janée, G., Larsgaard, M. and Zheng, Q., 1999. Generic query metadata for geospatial digital libraries. Meta-Data '99 Third IEEE META-DATA Conference, Bethesda, MD.
  11. Hill, L., Janée, G., Dolin, R., Frew, J. and Larsgaard, M., 1999. Collection metadata solutions for digital library applications. Journal of the American Society for Information Science (JASIS), 50(13): 1169-1181. doi:10.1002/(SICI)1097-4571(1999)50:13<1169::AID-ASI3>3.0.CO;2-3
  12. Hill, L., Carver, L., Larsgaard, M., Dolin, R., Smith, T., Frew, J. and Rae, M.A., 2000. Alexandria Digital Library: User evaluation studies and system design. Journal of the American Society for Information Science (JASIS), 51(3): 246-259. doi:10.1002/(SICI)1097-4571(2000)51:3<246::AID-ASI4>3.0.CO;2-6
  13. Frew, J., Freeston, M., Freitas, N., Hill, L., Janée, G., Lovette, K., Nideffer, R., Smith, T. and Zheng, Q., 2000. The Alexandria Digital Library architecture. International Journal on Digital Libraries, 2(4): 259-268. doi:10.1007/PL00021470 (DOI broken as of 2014-09-08; use http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/PL00021470)
  14. Smith, T., Janée, G., Frew, J. and Coleman, A., 2001. The Alexandria Digital Earth Prototype System. In: E.A. Fox and C.L. Borgman (Editors), JCDL 2001: First ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries. ACM Press, Roanoke, VA, pp. 118-119. doi:10.1145/379437.379463
  15. Frew, J. and Bose, R., 2001. Earth System Science Workbench: A Data Management Infrastructure for Earth Science Products. In: L. Kerschberg and M. Kafatos (Editors), SSDBM 2001 Thirteenth International Conference on Scientific and Statistical Database Management. IEEE Computer Society, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, pp. 180-189. doi:10.1109/SSDM.2001.938550
  16. Janée, G. and Frew, J., 2002. The ADEPT digital library architecture. Second ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries. ACM Press, Portland, OR, pp. 342-350. doi:10.1145/544220.544306
  17. Smith, T., Zeng, M.L., Agapova, O., Buchel, O., Freeston, M., Frew, J., Hill, L., Smart, L., Tierney, T. and Ushakov, A., 2002. Structured models of scientific concepts for organizing, accessing, and using learning materials. Second ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries. ACM Press, Portland, OR. doi:10.1145/544220.544355
  18. Janée, G., Frew, J., and Valentine, D., 2003. Content access characterization in digital libraries. Third ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries. ACM Press, Houston, TX. http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=827140.827185
  19. Ancona, D., Frew, J., Janée, G., and Valentine, D., 2004. Accessing the Alexandria Digital Library from Geographic Information Systems. Fourth ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, Tucson, AZ. doi:10.1109/JCDL.2004.1336101
  20. Bose, R., and Frew, J., 2004. Composing Lineage Metadata with XML for Custom Satellite-Derived Data Products. Sixteenth International Conference on Scientific and Statistical Database Management, Santorini Island, Greece, 21-23 June 2004. doi:10.1109/SSDBM.2004.23
  21. Bose, R. and Frew, J., 2005. Lineage Retrieval for Scientific Data Processing: A Survey. ACM Computing Surveys, vol. 37, no. 1, pp. 1-28. doi:10.1145/1057977.1057978
  22. Janée, G., Frew, J., 2005. A Hybrid Declarative/Procedural Metadata Mapping Language Based on Python. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Volume 3652, Sep 2005, Pages 302 - 313. doi:10.1007/11551362_27
  23. Frew, J., Metzger, D., Slaughter, P., 2007. Automatic capture and reconstruction of computational provenance. Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience 20(5) 485-496. doi:10.1002/cpe.1247
  24. Janée, G., Mathena, J. and Frew, J., 2008. A Data Model and Architecture for Long-term Preservation. ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2008, Pittsburgh, PA, pp. 134-144. doi:10.1145/1378889.1378912
  25. Frew, J. and Slaughter, P., 2008. ES3: A Demonstration of Transparent Provenance for Scientific Computation. Provenance and Annotation of Data and Processes, Second International Provenance and Annotation Workshop, IPAW 2008, Salt Lake City, UT, USA, June 17-18, 2008. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-89965-5_21
  26. Dozier, J. and Frew, J., 2008. Computational Provenance in Hydrologic Science: A Snow Mapping Example. Philosophical Transactions A of the Royal Society 367(1890) 1021-1033. doi:10.1098/rsta.2008.0187
  27. Dozier, J., Painter, T.H., Rittger, K., and Frew, J., 2008. Time-space continuity of daily maps of fractional snow cover and albedo from MODIS. Advances in Water Resources 31: 1515-1526. doi:10.1016/j.advwatres.2008.08.011
  28. Janée, G., Frew, J. and Moore, T. 2009. Relay-supporting Archives: Requirements and Progress. International Journal of Digital Curation 4(1) 57-70. doi:10.2218/ijdc.v4i1.78
  29. Frew, J., Janée, G., and Slaughter, P. 2011. Provenance-Enabled Automatic Data Publishing. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 6809, Scientific and Statistical Database Management, pp. 244-252. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-22351-8_14
  30. Hardy, D., Frew, J., and Goodchild, M.F. 2012. Volunteered geographic information production as a spatial process. International Journal of Geographical Information Science 26(7) 1191-1212. doi:10.1080/13658816.2011.629618
  31. Frew, J. and Dozier, J. 2012. Environmental Informatics. Annual Review of Environment and Resources 37: 449-472. doi:10.1146/annurev-environ-042711-121244
  32. Planthaber, G., Stonebraker, M., Frew, J. 2012. EarthDB: scalable analysis of MODIS data using SciDB. Proceedings of the 1st ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Analytics for Big Geospatial Data, BigSpatial '12, Redondo Beach, CA, USA, pp. 11-19. doi:10.1145/2447481.2447483
  33. Groth, P., and Frew, J. (eds.) 2012. Provenance and Annotation of Data and Processes. 4th International Provenance and Annotation Workshop, IPAW 2012, Santa Barbara, CA, USA, June 19-21, 2012, Revised Selected Papers. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-34222-6

Unrefereed (Magazine Articles, Conference Proceedings, Reports, and Theses)

  1. Simonett, D., Smith, T., Tobler, W., Marks, D., Frew, J. and Dozier, J., 1978. Geobase information system impacts on space image formats. Technical Report 3, Department of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA.
  2. Frew, J., 1980. Remote sensing of snow surface albedo. M.A. Thesis, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA.
  3. Frew, J. 1981. Remote sensing of snow surface albedo. In: Use of Environmental Satellite Data for Input to Energy Balance Snowmelt Models. NOAA S/T 81-50, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Washington, DC.
  4. Marks, D., J. Dozier, and J. Frew. 1983. Automated basin delineation from digital terrain data. NASA Technical Memorandum 84984, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD.
  5. Frew, J., 1984. Registering Thematic Mapper imagery to digital elevation models. In: M. Klepfer and D. Morrison (Editors), 10th International Symposium on Machine Processing of Remotely Sensed Data. Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, pp. 432-435.
  6. Frew, J. and Dozier, J., 1986. The Image Processing Workbench - portable software for remote sensing instruction and research. In: T. Guyenne and J. Hunt (Editors), IGARSS '86 International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium. European Space Agency, Zurich, pp. 271-276.
  7. Dozier, J. and Frew, J., 1989. Rapid calculation of terrain parameters for radiation modeling from digital elevation data. Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, 1989. IGARSS'89. 12th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing., 1989 International , vol.3, no., pp.1769-1774, 10-14 Jul 1989. doi:10.1109/IGARSS.1989.576516
  8. Frew, J., 1990. The Image Processing Workbench. Ph.D. Thesis, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, 412 pp.
  9. Frew, J., 1991. Difficulties of dealing with large image cubes. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Reno, NV.
  10. Fine, J., T. Anderson, M. Dahlin, J. Frew, M. Olson, and D. Patterson. 1992. Abstracts: a latency-hiding technique for high-capacity mass-storage systems. Sequoia 2000 Technical Report 92/11, Computer Science Division, University of California, Berkeley, CA. http://s2k-ftp.cs.berkeley.edu:8000/sequoia/tech-reports/s2k-92-11/
  11. Stonebraker, M., J. Frew, and J. Dozier. 1993. The Sequoia 2000 architecture and implementation strategy. Sequoia 2000 Technical Report 93/23, Computer Science Division, University of California, Berkeley, CA. http://s2k-ftp.cs.berkeley.edu:8000/sequoia/tech-reports/s2k-93-23/
  12. Dozier, J., Stonebraker, M. and Frew, J., 1994. Sequoia 2000: a next-generation information system for the study of global change. 13th IEEE Symposium on Mass Storage Systems. IEEE Computer Society, L'Annecy, France, pp. 47-56. doi:10.1109/MASS.1994.373028
  13. Smith, T. and Frew, J., 1995. Alexandria Digital Library. Communications of the ACM, 38(4): 61-62. doi:10.1145/205323.205340
  14. Fischer, C., Frew, J., Larsgaard, M., Smith, T. and Zheng, Q., 1995. Alexandria Digital Library: rapid prototype and metadata schema. In: N.R. Adam, B.K. Bhargava, M. Halem and Y. Yesha (Editors), ADL '95 Forum on Research and Technology Advances in Digital Libraries. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, McLean, VA, pp. 221-241. doi:10.1007/BFb0024614
  15. Frew, J., Carver, L., Fischer, C., Goodchild, M., Larsgaard, M., Smith, T. and Zheng, Q., 1995. The Alexandria Rapid Prototype: building a digital library for spatial information. ESRI User Conference. Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc., Redlands, CA. http://proceedings.esri.com/library/userconf/proc95/to300/p255.html
  16. Andresen, D., Carver, L., Dolin, R., Fischer, C., Frew, J., Goodchild, M., Ibarra, O., Kothuri, R., Larsgaard, M., Manjunath, B., Nebert, D., Simpson, J., Smith, T., Yang, T. and Zheng, Q., 1995. The WWW prototype of the Alexandria Digital Library. ISDL'95 International Symposium on Digital Libraries. University of Library and Information Science, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan, pp. 17-27. http://www.dl.slis.tsukuba.ac.jp/ISDL95/proceedings/pages75/17.html
  17. Smith, T., Andresen, D., Carver, L., Dolin, R., Fischer, C., Frew, J., Goodchild, M., Ibarra, O., Kemp, R., Kothuri, R., Larsgaard, M., Manjunath, B., Nebert, D., Simpson, J., Wells, A., Yang, T. and Zheng, Q., 1996. A digital library for geographically referenced materials. IEEE Computer, 29(5): 54-60. doi:10.1109/2.493457
  18. Frew, J., 1996. The Sequoia 2000 Project. In: M. Goodchild, L. Steyaert and B. Parks (Editors), GIS and Environmental Modeling: Progress and Research Issues. GIS World Books, Fort Collins, CO, pp. 69-72.
  19. Frew, J., Freeston, M., Kemp, R., Simpson, J., Smith, T., Wells, A. and Zheng, Q., 1996. The Alexandria Digital Library testbed. D-Lib Magazine 2(7/8). http://www.dlib.org/dlib/july96/alexandria/07frew.html
  20. Hill, L., Dolin, R., Frew, J., Kemp, R., Larsgaard, M., Montello, D., Rae, M.A. and Simpson, J., 1997. User evaluation: Summary of the methodologies and results for the Alexandria Digital Library, University of California at Santa Barbara. 60th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Information Science (ASIS), Washington, DC, pp. 225-243. http://www.asis.org/annual-97/alexia.htm
  21. Hill, L., J. Frew, and Q. Zheng. 1999. Geographic names: the implementation of a gazetteer in a georeferenced digital library. D-Lib Magazine 5(1). doi:10.1045/january99-hill
  22. Marks, D., Domingo, J. and Frew, J., 1999. Software Tools for Hydro-Climatic Modeling and Analysis. ARS Technical Bulletin 99-1, Northwest Watershed Research Center, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Boise, ID. ftp://ftp.nwrc.ars.usda.gov/ipw/Marks%20et%20al%201999/exec_summ.html
  23. Smith, T., Frew, J., Janée, G., and Hill, L. The Alexandria Digital Library Project. NIT2001 12th International Conference on New Information Technology - Global Digital Library Development in the New Millenium, Beijing, China, 29-31 May 2001.
  24. Janée, G. and Frew, J., 2004. Spatial Search, Ranking, and Interoperability. Workshop on Geographic Information Retrieval, 27th Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference, Sheffield, UK, 29 July 2004.
  25. Janée, G., Frew, J., and Hill, L.,2004. Issues in Georeferenced Digital Libraries. D-Lib Magazine, vol. 10, no. 5. doi:10.1045/may2004-janee
  26. Goble, G. and Frew, J., 2012. Social Aspects of Provenance. In Cheney, J., Finkelstein, F., Ludaescher, B., and Vansummeren, S. (eds.) Principles of Provenance (Dagstuhl Seminar 12091). Dagstuhl Reports, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 84-113. doi:10.4230/DagRep.2.2.84

Abstracts

  1. Frew, J., Freitas, N., Hill, L., Lovette, K., Nideffer, R. and Zheng, Q., 1998. The Alexandria Digital Library System Architecture. In: J. Strobl and C. Best (Editors), Earth Observation & Geo-Spatial Web and Internet Workshop '98. Salzburger Geographische Materialien. Instituts für Geographie der Universität Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria.
  2. Frew, J., 1998. The Earth System Science Workbench: A scalable infrastructure for earth science information providers, AGU 1998 Fall Meeting. American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA.
  3. Frew, J., Bose, R., Duff, J., Duma, C., Fields, E., Miley, S. and Siegel, D., 1999. The Earth System Science Workbench: improving Web-based access to near-real-time satellite imagery, AGU 1999 Fall Meeting. American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA.
  4. Duff, J. and Frew, J., 1999. The Earth System Science Workbench, Earth Observation & Geo-Spatial Web and Internet Workshop '99, Washington, DC.
  5. Janée, G., Frew, J., Hill, L. and Smith, T., 2001. The ADL Bucket Framework, Proceedings of the Third DELOS Network of Excellence Workshop on Interoperability and Mediation in Heterogeneous Digital Libraries. ERCIM Workshop Proceedings, Darmstadt, Germany. http://www.ercim.eu/publication/ws-proceedings/DelNoe03/13.pdf
  6. Frew, J. and Gallagher, J., 2002. Peer-to-Peer Sharing for Remote Sensing Standard Products, IGARSS '02 International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium. IEEE Computer Society, Toronto, Canada.

Professional Service and Special Appointments

National Research Council

Professional Societies

U.S. Government Agencies

UCSB committees

Bren School committee chairs

Non-Governmental Organizations

Consulting

  • America Online, Inc.
  • EcoAnalysis, Inc.
  • Fortner Software LLC
  • Learning In Motion, Inc.
  • Microsoft Corp.
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • National Space Technology Laboratory
  • Navisoft, Inc.
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Planet Earth Science, Inc.
  • TRW
  • US Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratories

Manuscript Reviews

  • ACM Transactions on Information Systems
  • Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research
  • Communications of the ACM
  • Computers & Geosciences
  • Computing in Science and Engineering
  • Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience
  • Data Science Journal
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Modelling & Software
  • Hydrological Processes
  • IEEE Computer
  • IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing
  • International Journal of Geographical Information Science
  • Journal of Web Semantics
  • Ocean and Atmospheric Data Management
  • Philosophical Transactions A of the Royal Society
  • Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing
  • Remote Sensing of Environment
  • Societal Challenges and Geoinformatics
  • VLDB Journal

Program Committees

Proposal Reviews

Membership in Professional Societies

Research Grants and Contracts

as Principal Investigator

as Co-Investigator

Ph.D. Students

Current

Former

MESM Group Projects

M.S. Students

Former

Courses Taught

Lower Division

  • C Programming
  • Fortran Programming
  • Pascal Programming
  • Physical Geography

Upper Division

  • Computational Concepts in Geography
  • Computer Graphics
  • Remote Sensing
  • Techniques in Geographic Data Analysis
  • UNIX System Programming

Graduate

  • Collaborative Environmental Information
  • Computational Requirements: Scientific, Scholarly, and Commercial Perspectives
  • Digital Curation
  • Digital Libraries
  • Environmental Information Networks
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Management of Scientific Data
  • Publishing Environmental Information on the World Wide Web
  • Remote Sensing Software
  • Web Mapping / Publishing

Invited Lectures and Seminars

  • Boston University
  • California State University, Fresno
  • Colorado State University
  • Cornell University
  • Council of Geographic Names Authorities
  • e-Science Institute, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany
  • Hughes Applied Information Systems
  • Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology
  • International Provenance and Annotation Workshop
  • International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment
  • League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara
  • Massachussetts Institute of Technology
  • NSF Long-Term Ecological Research Program
  • National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis
  • Oregon Health Sciences University
  • Pacific Climatology Conference
  • Santa Clara University
  • Stanford University
  • Symposium on Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Information and Modeling
  • Symposium on Scientific and Statistical Database Management
  • TeraScan International Users Conference
  • UCSB Center for Information Technology and Society
  • UCSB Earth Research Institute
  • UCSB Geography Department
  • UCSB Institute for Theoretical Physics
  • UCSB Library
  • UCSB Media Arts and Technology Program
  • University of Aberdeen, Scotland
  • University of Augsburg, Thurnau, Germany
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Edinburgh, Scotland
  • University of New Mexico
  • US Environmental Protection Agency
  • US Geological Survey
  • US National Archives and Records Administration
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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