Benjamin Lewis

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Ben is Geospatial Technology Manager at the Center for Geographic Analysis and is manager of Harvard WorldMap, an open source infrastructure to support collaborative research around geospatial information. WorldMap is the largest (25k layers) and perhaps the most heavily customized instance of GeoNode. Ben is also leading a team to build a global registry of web map services (HHypermap) and another to develop a platform to support interactive exploration of billions of spatio-temporal things (BOP).

Before joining Harvard Ben was a project manager with Advanced Technology Solutions (ATS) of Pennsylvania (now GeographIT), where he led the company in adopting platform independent approaches to GIS system development. In 2001 Ben developed ROMap, one of the first peer-to-peer mapping systems (using MapServer), which he demonstrated with the OGC at the U.N Earth Summit in Johannesburg, sharing live maps across peers running in three African countries.

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.