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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 • 9:00am - 10:00am
History and Theory in Cartography

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Developing a Language for 3D Cartography
Ken Field, ESRI Inc / ICA
There's always existed a strained relationship between cartography and the portrayal of maps in 3D. Occlusions, changing scale, a static portrayal and fixed viewing position cause problems for map use and interpretation. This talk acknowledges these limitations using examples to illustrate and then asserts that its possible we've reached a point where 3D genuinely brings something useful to the cartographic canon. I'll present a range of examples of 3D cartography where the design of the content and user experience counter previous problems. Technology is now beginning to support useful 3D cartography and I'll assert it may be time to explore the opportunities with a fresh perspective...literally.

Big History, Little History: Cartography in the Twentieth Century
Mark Monmonier, Department of Geography, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
Cartography in the Twentieth Century, a million-word encyclopedia recently issued as Volume Six of the History of Cartography, took over two decades to produce. This overview of its development examines briefly its relation to the series started by David Woodward and J. B. Harley, the conceptual basis of its table of contents, the roles of a prospectus and three NSF proposals in vetting the concept and securing financial support, the role of our Board of Advisors in fleshing out the contents and recruiting contributors, the role of the Madison office of the History Project, and various problems encountered as editor of a reference work with 529 entries, written by over three hundred contributors and co-contributors, and including 1,153 illustrations, 5,115 bibliographic references, and 61 tables. I also discuss briefly my preparation of Adventures in Academic Cartography, a personal sampling of five decades of change in mapping technology and cartographic institutions.

Of Crocodiles and Tea Garden Managers: Mapping Interactions of an Earlier Era
Leo Dillon, U.S. Department of State
Between the cartographic eras of “here be dragons” and “download the shapefile” was a time when mapmakers did whatever came to mind to mark the observations, uncertainties, or oddities of the geography they were trying to portray. Like commenting to a friend on the landscape, cartographers would add personal or observational touches in the body, the legends, or the margins of their maps. Sometimes informative, sometimes whimsical, but always revealing and interesting, this presentation looks at the fading use of textual description in cartography.


Leo Dillon

Office of the Geographer, U.S. Department of State
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Kenneth Field

Professional cartonerd, Esri
Cartonerd. Ex-academic. Teaches. Talks. Makes. Presents. Publishes. Blogs. Tweets. Journals. Book 1 (Cartography.). Book 2 (Thematic Mapping) MOOC. Kitchen tiles. Snowboards. Drums. Beer. Nottingham Forest. Has a life too.
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Mark Monmonier

Distinguished Prof Emeritus of Geography & the Environment, Syracuse University
This spring the University of Iowa Press published my new book, Clock and Compass: How John Byron Plato Gave Farmers a Real Address; they did an excellent job with editing and design and have priced it affordably (under $20). Though Plato was a “minor figure” in the history of... Read More →

Friday October 16, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Great Hall 225 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55401

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