Ben coordinates a team that develops and maintains geospatial platforms and tools to support research activities including data visualization, web mapping, data harvesting and enrichment, spatial analytics, georeferencing, gazetteer development, data search and discovery, interoperability solutions, and map 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.