NEMAC's products and services are widely varied, and include the development of web applications and content management systems, interactive mapping applications, spatial analysis, 3D visualizations, digital storytelling, narrative content development, and workshop-based facilitated decision making.
NEMAC’s staff members have expertise in environmental science, geography, geology, data visualization, geographic information systems (GIS), programming, content management systems, graphic design, multimedia, narrative development, publication management, decision support, community engagement, and meeting facilitation.
Tools and Communications
Visualization. NEMAC has led research into cutting-edge creative avenues for scientific data visualization—a key connection of our business process. We have pioneered many interdisciplinary techniques that intersect GIS, animation, and information design.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS). GIS is the common denominator in many of NEMAC's projects and research. It provides the ability to give vast databases of information a spatial context, allowing for complex and integrated analytical capabilities to help solve and interpret much of the research we do. At NEMAC, we utilize the latest in GIS and geospatial software and technology. When platform GIS solutions will not help us meet our goals, we utilize Open Source and customized solutions.
Technology Transfer. The development of new technologies and science-based tools relies not only on research and products, but also on the transfer of these tools into the hands of the people who want to use information. This process of providing users with current, relevant, and usable methods to access information is often referred to as technology transfer.
Technology transfer is a major component of the work we do—researching the best available methods to apply science and engaging with the actual users—to find out what type of information they need and how they want to use it.
End users of information and the target audience of technology transfer include anyone from city planners and community leaders to natural resource managers, organizational decision makers, and interested citizens. Technology transfer often involves gaining feedback from the end users to ensure that the technology fits their needs.
Data and Science Communication. Our partners who specialize in scientific research rely on us to deliver their science to decision makers and the public. We make their data relevant by developing easy-to-use tools and technology. Equally important, however, is that we provide clear and concise context for that data.
At NEMAC, we have found that—like almost all people—our audiences relate and inherently connect with story. In developing stories to contextualize data, we lead the audience through the following questions:
- Did you know?
- Why should I care?
- What could happen?
- What am I—or we—willing to do about it?
We recognize that it's vitally important to move beyond the "did you know?" question and move toward action.
Our communication services include narrative development, website and digital content management systems design, digital storytelling, and editorial and publication management for both online and print delivery.
Workshop facilitation includes the tasks and skills needed to impartially lead a group through a decision-making process. A facilitator typically services a group through encouragement, direction, planning, objectivity, and leadership during a workshop or meeting. These skills and tasks are important to provide to users and decision makers who are making complex decisions that involve multiple stakeholders, viewpoints, and objectives. With expert facilitation and a structured process, groups are much more likely to develop solutions, increase productivity, form consensus-based decisions, and save time and money.
At NEMAC, several team members are trained to facilitate decision-making workshops, including the Comparative Risk Assessment Framework and Tools (CRAFT) process developed by the U.S. Forest Service. They hold certificates from the National Charrette Institute training at Harvard University and from the MGRush FAST Facilitation training.