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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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Thursday, October 15 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Movement and Networks

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Mapping Syrian Refugee Border Crossings: A Critical, Feminist Perspective
Meghan Kelly, University of Wisconsin-Madison
UNHCR calls the ongoing Syrian conflict “the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era.” Since 2011, violence has led to nearly 200,000 lives lost and over 3 million have fled across borders throughout the region. Western media has documented Syrian border crossing stories through riveting multimedia journalism. While the written and photographic reporting of Syrian stories uses captivating imagery and testimonials to convey the traumatic experiences of individuals, these experiences are limited in the accompanying maps. Many cartographic conventions silence the experiences of individual Syrians and negate emotions, perils, and geopolitical issues linked to borders. Through a critical feminist lens, I analyzed 86 maps published by Western sources and developed an alternative mapping technique that more accurately reflects the lived realities of six Syrian women. By rendering Syrian border experiences visible with cartography, my work enhances interaction between mapping, the public, and Syrian stories and gives Syrians a pronounced geographic voice.

Transit Map Design
Dennis McClendon, Chicago CartoGraphics
A look at how various designers—including me—have approached the special design challenges of maps showing public transportation networks.  

Alt-Transport Movements of the 1890s (10 minute presentation)
Michael Leverett Dorn, Long Island University
Tim Cresswell (On the Move), and Glen Norcliffe (Ride to Modernity) have directed the attention of mobilities researchers to social movements on behalf of non-dominant transit and transportation modalities. A cultural geographer by training, I propose to highlight early initiatives to improve travel and trade in Great Lakes region of Canada and the United States. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, wheelmen (and wheelwomen) on both sides of the border allied with canal interests to improve local and regional travel. Images to be featured in the talk include a tourists' guidebook published by the Niagara Falls Advertiser in 1899, and a "side path map" published by the New York State Division of the League of American Wheelmen a year later. 

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Daniel P. Huffman


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Meghan Kelly

Assistant Professor, Syracuse University

Thursday October 15, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
Great Hall 225 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55401

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