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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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Friday, October 16 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Workflows for Design

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Benefits and Challenges of the Modern Web Mapping Paradigm
Kris Johnson, North Point Geographic Solutions
The availability of geographic data and aerial imagery has increased in recent years, and has been logically paralleled by an increase with the general public's exposure to, and use of web-based maps. This sort of technological milieu is favorable for introducing map-based tasks into applications that can be made readily available to the general public, while simultaneously improving an organization's efficiency and workflows.

By upgrading existing paper-based application workflows to digital, web-based ones, a number of benefits may be realized, however this digital transition can bring with it new set of challenges for the non-technical end-user. This presentation will utilize a case study for transitioning a paper zoning permit application to a web application. We will focus on some of the favorable outcomes, as well as highlight a few of the remaining challenges that can occur when trying to meet both business and end-user needs.
http://slides.com/krisjohnson/deck

GIS-Ready Templates and Data for The National Map
Kristin A Fishburn, US Geological Survey
Andrew J Stauffer, US Geological Survey
The U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) updated The National Map (TNM) Data Download capabilities in 2015. Eight themes of raster and vector datasets in different data formats and download footprints are available for download as pre-packaged, staged products. This year the NGTOC has also developed a TNM Style Template that is set up to emulate the layout, symbology, and labeling specifications of published US Topo Maps. The Template uses the US Topo Map 1:24,000-scale, 7.5-minute cell size and is intended to be downloaded along with the pre-staged TNM Integrated Vector Product. This product is also delivered in a 7.5-minute footprint and contains data from all TNM vector themes as well as linking to TNM imagery services. With minimal tailoring, the Template and Integrated Vector Product provide GIS-ready data in a map layout which can be easily modified by an end user with their own data, marginalia, and symbology. USGS will discuss the new Template and Integrated Vector Product as well as plans for continued research and development.
https://speakerdeck.com/nvkelso/gis-ready-templates-and-data-for-the-national-map

Automagical Maps
Hans van der Maarel, Red Geographics
I am often called upon to make large volumes of utilitarian maps. They don't need to look pretty, but they do need to show the right information in the right way and there's hundreds, if not thousands, of them per project. This talk highlights my recent project combining the power of FME and MAPublisher. 

Data Processing Workflow for the National Geographic World Atlas Mobile App
Steve Gifford, mousebird consulting inc.
Rosemary Wardley, National Geographic Society
National Geographic recently relaunched its World Atlas app for iPhone and iPad. It was a big effort involving professionals from GIS, design, and software engineering.

Older versions of the NGS World Atlas App used tiled images for the map. This is virtuously simple, but requires a lot of pixels to look sharp. In the new version we used a hybrid of image and vector data to both sharpen the visuals and cut down on data transport and storage.

We’ll discuss the workflow we used to go from GIS data through manual illustration to cloud based dissemination down to the app itself. Each step required a bit more data to flow through the system and uncovered interesting assumptions.

One important goal was to minimize the custom processing steps, relying more on commercial tools and services. That was (mostly) successful and we’ll detail the tools and services we used.
https://speakerdeck.com/nvkelso/workflow-for-the-national-geographic-world-atlas-mobile-app
 

Moderators
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Martha Bostwick

Owner/Cartographer, m.l.bostwick - custom map design

Speakers
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Kristin Fishburn

US Geological Survey
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Hans van der Maarel

Red Geographics
Maps, data, cycling, photography
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Kris Johnson - North Point Geographic Solutions

North Point Geographic Solutions
Kris Johnson is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Masters degree in Geographic Information Science where he pursued his lifelong interest in geography and maps. After graduation, Kris joined North Point Geographic Solutions in Duluth, MN where his primary focus has been web map application development.  He also has expertise in spatial database development, network analysis, and cartographic design. When he’s... Read More →


Friday October 16, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Great Hall 225 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55401

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