Mapping Business News

Newspapers both print and online publications as well as news websites illustrate business trends using a variety of data visualization tools. Integral to the display is the fact that these charts or maps require to be easy to comprehend and visually arresting enough to hold the readers’ attention. Most publications show business data with a worldwide perspective. In this respect, the usage of flash maps in order to illustrate or just facts allows for easy comparison and analysis. Take for example the phenomenon of recession. One of the first questions that any individual has regarding this economic downturn is how the markets over the world has been affected. If one is to illustrate this data through attractive and comprehensive visualization the easiest method is to plot all the data on a map. Mapping software allows us to superimpose charts on a map which is an effective way to illustrate the data keeping geographical concerns in mind. Another and perhaps the more effective way to do it is to choose color ranges to correspond to data ranges and then use pin points to mark each city or country or market as desired. A mouse over option can be included which allows one to get to the actual chart displaying in greater detail the market calisthenics. The chart can also include a link to homepage of the market being studied which will provide more information with regard to the money metrics. This kind of mapping can also be used in a 2D map for print purposes. In this case too, color coded markers can effectively illustrate the trends over the world. A 2D map is also a great place to place columns corresponding to the trends in each zone. While the make an otherwise dry set of data greatly attractive, it also becomes easily comprehensible. A layman is easily distracted and confused by a set of numbers run without sufficient classification by newspapers and magazines. With respect to this concern, anything from commodities traded in to flourishing markets and dips in stock indexes can be illustrated using a world map or even the map of a country as a background to plot numbers on. Further analysis of a map allows us to relate trends with economic policies and market characteristics. Yet another advantage in using maps like this is the ability to choose a time line for review varying from a year right up to 100 years. Each year or set of years can be conveniently color-coded making a map that is visually stunning and simple to comprehend. Magazines and newspapers are increasingly using flash mapping technology to churn out data visualization that does away with the need for words altogether. This business mapping software is succinct in its approach to data visualization and exceedingly accomplished in leaving the layman convinced and yet un-confused.

Bird Flu News from China

Recently, the news has reported that China has developed a new avian flu vaccine that is more efficient in protecting its poultry population against the devastating disease.   This vaccine was developed at the Harbin Veterinary Research Institute in northeast China, and is said to be the world’s first live vaccine to be used against the bird flu. Scientists there spent about four years in the development this breakthrough vaccine.   This new vaccine can be adminstered several different ways, giving scientists a distinct advantage in possibly getting a handle on the spread of the bird flu. Just like other vaccines, this one can be injected; but it differs in that it can also be given orally, or nasally or conveniently by spraying.   This new vaccine may replace the current vaccine being used in China, as the former had to be injected… putting people at risk due to the proximity.   The Chinese government recently approved the vaccine for mass production, with the current cost being about a fourth of the cost of other vaccines on the market.   Experiments with this new vaccine show that it may also protect some mammals from bird flu (for example… mice). Scientists are hopeful that the techniques learned in developing this vaccine may also help to research and implement a vaccine to protect people from the bird flu.   This new vaccine is great news in the fight against the bird flu H5N1, however with recent human deaths in China, the World Health Organization and other international health bodies have asked China to provide animal samples of the bird flu virus for testing, and China has not done it. Also… there has been no cooperation between Taiwan and China for the exchange of information about the bird flu. Taiwan has said bird flu turned up in exotic birds smuggled by boat to the island from Fujian, where, at the time of writing this, no outbreaks among birds have been reported.   Copyright 2006.