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Welcome to NACIS 2015 in Minneapolis! This is the annual meeting of the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS). The theme for this year’s meeting is Mapping Interactions. See the schedule below and go to the NACIS website for more details.

The North American Cartographic Information Society, founded in 1980, is an organization comprised of specialists from private, academic, and government organizations whose common interest lies in facilitating communication in the map information community.

For those of you who were unable to attend the conference, or who couldn’t clone themselves to be at multiple talks at once, many slides are linked in the session descriptions below. Twin Cities local Kitty Hurley also put together this fantastic document summarizing much of what she saw at the meeting, so if slide decks aren’t linked, check out her notes. 
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Wednesday, October 14 • 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Personal Story as Map

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Personal Story as Map
Brenda Laurel, Neogaian Interactive
"'Sometimes,' said Arkady, 'I'll be driving my "old men" through the desert, and we'll come to a ridge of sandhills, and suddenly they'll all start singing. 'What are you mob singing?' I'll ask, and they'll say, 'Singing up the country, boss. Makes the country come up quicker.'"—The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin

As the daughter of a city planner, I spent a lot of my youth looking at maps. My dad would guide me through them with stories. "Here is where a Black neighborhood was shattered by a freeway." When I was a foreign exchange student in St. Brieux, the mayor pointed at a map and said,"Here is Omaha Beach where the gun emplacements were 200 yards farther south because the Resistance member who was measuring the distance with the turn of her bicycle tires got a flat." Decades later a colleague showed me areal photographs of the Southwest saying, "we think this is one of the the trade routes between the Ancient Pueblo and the Maya." A friend of mine who is a self-proclaimed "Antarctican" tells me that her community is starting to believe that personal story is the best way to communicate the science they study. In this talk, we'll look at stories of maps and maps of stories, thinking about new ways to design them.

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Amy Griffin

NACIS Vice President, UNSW Canberra
I am the current NACIS vice-president and a co-organizer of NACIS 2015 in Minneapolis, which also happens to be my hometown.  I live near and work in Canberra, Australia at UNSW Canberra, a major Australian research university. I'm also currently the co-Chair of the ICA Commission... Read More →

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Brenda Laurel

Neogaian Interactive
Brenda Laurel has worked in interactive media since 1976 as a designer, researcher, writer and teacher. She currently a principal at Neogaian Interactive. Her current work focuses on design research and learning tools. Her books include The Art of Human-Computer Interface Design... Read More →

Wednesday October 14, 2015 7:30pm - 8:30pm CDT
Great Hall 225 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55401

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