Diamond Bay Research was established by Merrick Lex Berman in 1998 to develop Geospatial datasets for Chinese History, and contributed directly to the creation and development of the China Historical GIS Project at Harvard University.

The geospatial research of DBR has been absorbed into various ongoing projects at the Harvard Center for Geographic Analysis.

Today, DBR is dedicated to studies of Science Fiction Art, Speculative and Transreal Fiction and criticism, and is in the process of launching a publishing company, Diamond Bay Press.