Tracking the Origins and History of Digital Information

Event Date: 

Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 5:00pm

Event Location: 

  • CTL Trailer 932

James Frew is a member of the CITS faculty steering committee and faculty in the Donald Bren School Environmental Science and Management. Professor Frew's talk explores the idea that scientists are increasingly being called upon to publish data as well as conclusions. Computational science, in particular, often involves the creation of data products as a primary goal, rather than simply a means to an end. To have the same confidence in data that we have in peer-reviewed, appropriately-cited conclusions, we need mechanisms for capturing and conveying the origins and processing history -- the “provenance” -- of digital information. In this talk Professor Frew will provide an overview of the data provenance problem and illustrate some emerging solutions. Lecture originally at UC Santa Barbara recorded March 13, 2008.

James Frew Lecture Podcast.