Merrick Lex Berman
Project Manager
China Historical GIS Project


Chinese Geography, Web Databases, Yunnan Economy & Development.

Lex Berman studied Asian Languages at UMASS - Amherst, where research for his M.A. thesis, OPENING THE LANCANG (MEKONG) RIVER IN YUNNAN was supported by UMASS teaching assistanceships and a Fulbright scholarship. Since 1997, Lex has been working on Chinese historical placename databases, using a variety of GIS and database software to develop online search engines. From 1998 to 2000, Lex was on the staff of the Program on Internet & Telecoms Convergence at MIT, where he managed web servers and both domestic and international conferences for the Research Program on Communications Policy.

Currently Lex spends most of his waking hours thinking about Temporal GIS, and participates in the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative , Pacific Neighborhood Consortium, and other Asian Studies, Geography, and Social Sciences conferences.

Links to recent work


Personal Website: Diamond Bay Research