Recent innovations in science and technology have provided human rights advocates, journalists, and scientists with new tools to expose war crimes and other serious violations of human rights and to disseminate this information in real time throughout the world.
The Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley is pleased to showcase these recent developments and push new frontiers of applied research.
Lars Bromley is Project Director for the Geospatial Technologies and Human Rights Project. His primary interests are applying information and communication technologies to human rights and sustainability issues, especially geospatial technologies.
He has been with the AAAS since 1997, serving as the principal researcher and chief cartographer for the AAAS Atlas of Population and Environment. Following its publication by the University of California Press and release as a web product, he developed integrated research projects and regional geospatial databases supporting the AAAS Watershed Projects in Russia and South America. He has an MA from the Department of Geography at the University of Maryland.
Jhon Goes In Center
Jhon Goes In Center, a founder and former President of Innovative GIS Solutions, Inc. of Ft. Collins, Colorado, is still dedicated to the implementation and application of Geographical Information Systems.
Goes In Center is an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Nation. His combined US and Oglala Lakota citizenship formed his ideals as a cultural relevant force for his company's business model. Goes In Center is committed to the implementation and application of the Geo-spatial technologies in Indian Country as a vehicle for responsible land management and the protection of cultural resources.
Presently, Jhon Goes In Center is considered a resource for Tribal educational initiatives as an Geo-Spatial Industry Liaison and Cultural Advisor. Goes In Center is a founding member of newly formed non-profit Lakota organization, Maka Si Tomni, whose mission is to bring forth the Lakota language and culture while investigating the true Lakota paradigm.
Maggi Kelly is a geographer, broadly trained in geospatial technologies and natural-human system interactions. Kelly is interested in functional mapping of environment, participatory research, and integrated geospatial technology.
Her approach to research and outreach is applied and collaborative, and the systems she focuses on vary in type and scale, which include Sierran forests, San Francisco Bay wetlands, the California delta, and urban neighborhoods. All of them are managed landscapes with a complex spatial structure that can be mapped using geospatial tools, and each has an interested group of stakeholders for whom the research results have importance.
Kelly is very conscious of the speed at which our geospatial field is evolving, and to that end seeks to build a community interested in applied geospatial research and outreach locally at UC Berkeley and across the state. Kelly is the faculty director of the Geospatial Innovation Facility, which is dedicated to bringing cutting-edge mapping technology to students, staff, faculty and others.
Patrick Vinck directs the Initiative for Vulnerable Populations at the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley. The Initiative conducts research in countries experiencing serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law to give a voice to survivors of mass violence.
An agricultural engineer who specializes in rural development, Vinck holds a PhD in International Development. He has worked and conducted research in Iraq, Rwanda, Northern Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, and other areas affected by armed conflict.
Computerized system that relates and displays data collected from a geographic entity in the form of a map. The ability of GIS to overlay existing data with new information and display it in colour on a computer screen is used primarily to conduct analyses and make decisions related to geology, ecology, land use, demographics, transportation, and other domains, most of which relate to the human use of the physical environment. Through the process of geocoding, geographic data from a database is converted into images in the form of maps.