Harlan Onsrud


School of Computing and Information Science
University of Maine

Harlan Onsrud is Professor of Spatial Informatics in the School of Computing and Information Science at the University of Maine in the United States and a research scientist with the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA). His research focuses on the analysis of legal, ethical, and institutional issues affecting the creation and use of digital databases and the assessment of the social and societal impacts of spatial and tracking technologies. A unifying theme in much of his teaching and research involves the concept of “ethics driven design.” He is past president and current Executive Director of the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association (GSDI), past-president and fellow of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS), and past Chair of the U.S. National Committee (USNC) on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) of the National Research Council. He has participated in several U.S. National Research Council studies related to spatial data and services resulting in being named a lifetime National Associate of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences. He has served and is listed by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board for graduate teaching assignments as a Fulbright Specialist in Law.