AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program: Programs–3

Numerous well-established and long term institutional programs exist which are of interest to the geospatial technologies and human rights community. A sample of these are presented here, and AAAS welcomes suggestions for additions. Please email us with your suggestion and include a link to the program and a brief description of its relevance to geospatial technologies and human rights. Note that Institutional Programs also often host Projects of relevance, and many of the programs mentioned below are linked to samples of their respective projects.

US Holocaust Memorial Museum Mapping Initiative
The Museum’s Mapping Initiatives use tools such as Google Earth and animated maps to enable citizens to understand Holocaust history and to bear witness to current threats of genocide across the globe. The Holocaust Mapping Initiative overlays key Holocaust sites and historic content from the Museum’s collections on Google Earth and other maps. The Genocide Prevention Mapping Initiative brings together data, photographs, video, and eyewitness testimony in Google Earth to help inform citizens, governments, and institutions about current and potential genocides and related crimes against humanity.

Yale University Genocide Studies Program
The Genocide Studies Program at Yale University’s MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies conducts research, seminars and conferences on comparative, interdisciplinary, and policy issues relating to the phenomenon of genocide, and has provided training to researchers from afflicted regions, including Cambodia, Rwanda, and East Timor. The program has initiated the GIS & Remote Sensing Project to explore the use of GIS, satellite data and GPS in investigating genocide around the globe.

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