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Ben manages a team that develops geospatial tools and platforms for researchers from a range of disciplines who need support in the following areas: social and scientific data harvesting, data enrichment, storage and retrieval of large datasets, geospatial analytics, machine learning, georeferencing, gazetteer development, spatio-temporal search, map visualization, web map service development, interoperability solutions, and portal development.
Before joining Harvard Ben was a project manager with Advanced Technology Solutions of Pennsylvania (now GeographIT), where he led the company in adopting platform independent approaches to GIS system development. Ben studied Chinese at the University of Wisconsin and has a Masters in Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. After Penn, Ben worked at the U.C Berkeley GIS Lab, started the GIS group for the transportation engineering firm McCormick Taylor, and coordinated the Land Acquisition Mapping System for the South Florida Water Management District.
Ben is especially interested in technologies that lower the barrier to GIS access.