The European Union is at a crossroads and the course it charts for the UK will have vast consequences for the region with repercussions throughout the world. As global economies are tightly connected, the decisions made in one region impact countries around the world, in particular when new policies involve commerce. The imminent departure of the UK from the European Union, scheduled to take effect on December 31st, is particularly pronounced given the weight of the UK in terms of GDP within the Union and considering that London is one of the major financial hubs of the world. Early negotiations between the UK and the European Union were thorny but further hindered by the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. The foundation on which the early negotiations were based shifted during the outbreak and many of these talking points also needed to be readjusted. While 2020 and the aftermath in terms of human loss and economic retraction are complicated to calculate, tools to help predict the trajectories in social and economic terms can be helpful in making sound decisions. As the information serves to forecast the future, models need to be flexible to account for variations. Yet as integral as the data is to the model, it is also important to integrate tools to review and analyze the data. When looking at the myriad of factors that play into the UK’s departure from the E.U., interactive maps and dynamic charts assist in examining outcomes and presenting such information to the population as well as politicians handling the negotiation terms.
The United States is engaging in perhaps one of the most consequential elections of modern history, one which will mark the course of policy both nationally and internationally for years to come. Despite divisions within the nation and polarized views on a wide spectrum of issues, there is some consensus among the population on the importance of getting out the vote. The complexities involved in interpreting polling data and presenting results in real-time have been compounded by the restrictions imposed by the ongoing pandemic. Election maps will be featured throughout most media outlets as an effective method to interpret live election data for general viewers as well as more custom solutions to dichotomize results by geographic regions and specific data groups. This comes into play in the interpretation of the early voting results across particular segments of the population, which can serve as harbingers of tendencies within the overall vote. In particular, the results of the rural vote in certain Midwest states were determinant in the sway of the 2016 election. Some of these principles may hold true in the 2020 election and custom election maps play a useful role in extrapolating these cases from the live data feeds.
Questions abound regarding the rationale behind opening schools in the United States and as with most high-level decisions in 2020, the topic has become profoundly politicized. Part of the challenge surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic is the balance of prioritizing public safety while promoting economic prosperity. These two elements are often juxtaposed with one another and a medium ground is questioned by individual interests. It is hard for the economy to thrive if society is closed and it is hard to keep people safe if society is open. In this blog article, we will take a look at ways in which dynamic maps can be introduced in the discussion and what role technology can play in making informed policy decisions related to education in the US.
In this blog article, we will be looking at some ways that technology and big data can be integrated with maps to provide powerful systems able to help analyze the impact of climate change. Custom software tools offer insights on what measures are most effective to mitigate adverse effects on our planet. We have already seen how unusually pronounced droughts in one region contrast with devastating floods in others, supporting the common belief is that weather patterns are becoming more extreme. Scientists estimate that there is a tipping point beyond which it would be very difficult to reverse path, and we are quickly approaching this mark. Many estimates predict that in order to pull back from the precipice, global temperatures must not exceed 1.5°C above preindustrial levels. This requirement presents a difficult task to cut world emissions by 2030. As governments start to acknowledge the risks, we now see large scale studies drive new innovation and legislation. The data that is produced in these studies can work with interactive maps to give users and scientists different perspectives and options to interpret what is occurring on our planet. There are many ways to create such custom maps, and in the article below we propose ideas from past projects.
One of the unexpected byproducts of the COVID-19 pandemic is the realization that a substantial part of our professional output can be conducted from our own homes. This was once viewed as impossible for a myriad of reasons including fostering employee creativity, maintaining a professional image, and preserving productivity. In 2020 all industries were forced to adapt quickly to the new norms of remote work and for many employers, feedback on the overall experience is positive. This response leads us to question whether work will return to its previous structure post-COVID-19 or if remote work and virtual conferences are features to be continued into the future. There certainly are many advantages to promoting newer forms of employment, including flexibility for staff, removing the strains of commuting, and the multiple economic savings of not needing to maintain a large brick and mortar presence in expensive city centers. Of course, some businesses will not have the luxury of contemplating this scenario and many others will want to maintain some street presence, even if at a reduced scale. The challenge for these cases, both during and after the pandemic, is how to taper the transit of people if the traditional office has a reduced footprint. This coordination is enhanced by integrating custom interior maps to manage personnel within the office. Custom features built within the software, enable administrators to interact with the floor plans of any office building, optimizing the space, and ensuring a limited overlap of employees.