Patrick Ball

Digital Library

ACM Eugene L. Lawler Award for Humanitarian Contributions within Computer Science and Informatics

USA - 2003


For his leadership in the creation of open source software, Analyzer and Martus, that enables human rights groups to securely collect, safeguard, organize, disseminate, and conduct statistical analysis of human rights abuses. Martus and Analyzer have been used by NGO's in Guatemala, Sierra Leone, Ghana, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and the United States. Dr. Ball demonstrates a vision of technology used in the service of humanity.

Dr. Patrick Ball has committed himself to the use of information management techniques and advanced statistical analysis in the identification, documentation and interpretation of human rights violations worldwide. For over a decade, Dr. Ball and his team have supported numerous large-scale human rights projects by providing assistance in such technical areas as networking, security, data backup, database construction, data collection and classification systems and statistical analysis.