Monthly Archives: July 2012

Bruce Caron: Executive Director

IFBruce is the founder and the Executive Director at the Studio. He maintains his profile on Google+

Here is a link to his CV

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NASA picks New Media Research Institute to help coordinate its earth science internet technology effort

NASA Science on Drupal Central Project, a collaboration between the New Media Research Institute in Santa Barbara and a team at the University of Alabama, Huntsville, has received two years of funding from the NASA Science Mission Directorate Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences Advancing Collaborative Connections for Earth System Science (NNH11ZDA001N-ACCESS).

Bruce Caron, Executive Director of the New Media Studio, and principal investigator for the Project notes, “Drupal hosting, administration, user interface work, and service and tool integration on Drupal sites are already widespread activities within NASA earth science. Many NASA Centers, funded projects, and other partners are in the process of, or have completed the migration of, their content onto Drupal.”

The NASA Science on Drupal Central (NSODC) project will offer key support and a centralized knowledge base focused on the use of Drupal with existing and emerging NASA earth data collections and services. NSODC will deliver a Drupal site where NASA scientists and technicians can share their Drupal lessons learned, register their code contributions to the Drupal code collection, discuss issues of NASA-specific common interest, and search, find, and reuse NASA-funded Drupal code.

NSODC will also provide a home for more general, Drupal-wide knowledge sharing aimed to support Drupal site administrators across NASA Earth Science; however, its main focus will be on science and data tools on Drupal. NSODC will host Drupal Camps at summer ESIP Federation meetings, and coordinate Drupal discussions and activities at NASA workshops. The project will coordinate with the growing Drupal development community ( to add new open-source code resources.

NSODC will also build and share some tool frameworks on existing Drupal modules. These can be reused and customized by others to accelerate NASA data tool development on Drupal. Tools and code are one half of the effort. The other half is community-building support. NASA Science on Drupal will engage NASA Drupal code developers and site administrators as a community of purpose and provide avenues of communication, collaboration, and resource sharing.

“Through active knowledge sharing and the resulting collective intelligence, NASA will save time and money and deliver more earth data and information using Drupal-based websites.” said Caron.

Abstracts for all funded projects are available here.…

The New Media Research Institute is the research wing of the New Media Studio, Inc. a non-profit corporation based in Santa Barbara, California.

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Mike Goodchild: Founding Director Emeritus

Michael F. Goodchild is Emeritus Professor of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he also holds the title of Research Professor. Until his retirement in June 2012 he was Jack and Laura Dangermond Professor of Geography, and Director of UCSB’s Center for Spatial Studies. He received his BA degree from Cambridge University in Physics in 1965 and his PhD in geography from McMaster University in 1969, and has received four honorary doctorates. He was elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and Foreign Member of the Royal Society of Canada in 2002, member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2006, and Foreign Member of the Royal Society and Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy in 2010; and in 2007 he received the Prix Vautrin Lud. He was editor of Geographical Analysis between 1987 and 1990 and editor of the Methods, Models, and Geographic Information Sciences section of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers from 2000 to 2006. He serves on the editorial boards of ten other journals and book series, and has published over 15 books and 500 articles. He was Chair of the National Research Council’s Mapping Science Committee from 1997 to 1999, and of the Advisory Committee on Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences of the National Science Foundation from 2008 to 2010. His research interests center on geographic information science, spatial analysis, and uncertainty in geographic data.

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James Frew

James Frew is an Associate Professor in the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), and a principal investigator in UCSB’s Institute for Computational Earth System Science (ICESS).

His research interests lie in the emerging field of environmental informatics, a synthesis of computer, information, and Earth sciences. 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, discovery, and curation, using remote sensing data products generated by his Environmental Information Laboratory as operational test beds.

Dr. Frew 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, currently used for instruction and research at UCSB and elsewhere. He has served as both the Manager and the Acting Director of UCSB’s Computer Systems Laboratory (ICESS’ 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. Dr. Frew also served on the National Research Council’s Committee on Earth Science Data Utilization (CESDU).

Dr. Frew currently leads the Earth System Science Server (ES3) project, and serves as President 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.

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Mike Gallegos

Mike is a PADI divemaster, digital underwater photography instructor, a world-class photographer, web designer, photoshop and lightroom master. He teaches multimedia arts at Santa Barbara City College.

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Bill Powell

Bill Powell was trained in the philological methods of Buddhist studies, which was the basis for his translation and study of the prominent 9th century Chan (Zen) monk, Dong shan. This will be followed by a study of Dong shan’s disciple, Cao shan. His present work focuses on the relationship between Chinese Buddhism, pilgrimage and sacred space, particularly mountains. This work places emphasis on modes of spatial perception rooted in religious understandings, and the role of those modes of perception in economic, social, and ecological systems. This work has led to an involvement in digital simulations of sacred geography and topography, both as a means of scholarly analysis and as a pedagogic device for teaching about the relatively complex notions that emerge from such analysis at the undergraduate level.

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Andrew Davis

ANDREW DAVIS’s bio is on Wikipedia

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