Geospatial Technologies and Human Rights

AAAS
Website URL: http://shr.aaas.org/geotech

Website Description: The AAAS Science and Human Rights Program, with funding from the MacArthur Foundation, the Oak Foundation, and the Open Society Foundations, is working to expand the applications of geospatial technologies to human rights issues through its Geospatial Technologies and Human Rights Project. Geospatial technologies include a range of modern tools, such as satellite images, geographic information systems (GIS), and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) that allow for mapping and analysis of multiple layers of georeferenced data. Analysis of such data can provide critical information on the impact of remote, isolated conflicts on civilians, environmental and social justice issues, indigenous rights, and more. Geospatial technologies can broaden the ability of non-governmental organizations to rapidly gather, analyze, and disseminate authoritative information, especially during times of crisis. They can also provide compelling, visual proof to corroborate on-the-ground reporting of conflicts and natural disasters affecting human rights.

This project is directly associated with the following:

Publications
High-Resolution Satellite Imagery and the Conflict in Sri Lanka (2009)
High-Resolution Satellite Imagery and the Conflict in South Ossetia (2008)
An Analysis of Community Demolitions in Zimbabwe Case Study Report (2007)
High-Resolution Satellite Imagery and Possible Mass Graves in Sheberghan, Afghanistan (2009)
Towards a Human Rights Observing System (2007)
Lebanon: Destruction in Civilian Areas Case Study Report (2007)
High-Resolution Satellite Imagery and the Conflict in Ogaden, Ethiopia (2008)
High-Resolution Satellite Imagery and the Conflict in Chad and Sudan (2007)

Programs
AAAS Science and Human Rights Program
The AAAS Science and Human Rights Program (SHRP) works with scientists to “advance science and serve society” through human rights….

Data and Tools
Fuzzy Matcher (AAAS)

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