NACIS 2015 has ended
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. 
Friday, October 16 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Citizen Cartography

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Am I Rent Stabilized?
Chris Henrick, Parsons, The New School For Design
Am I Rent Stabilized? is a web application that encourages New York City tenants to find out if their landlord may be illegally overcharging them for a rent stabilized apartment and if so, motivates them to take action. It is an attempt at using open data acquired through a Freedom of Information Law request as a prompt for civic action, rather than solely for visualization and analysis. The app asks the user to input their address and checks it against a database of properties that are likely to have rent stabilized apartments. From here the app recommends a course of action and informs the user of their nearest tenants rights group so they may receive help. This presentation will discuss my development of the app and the geospatial technologies used to create it.

The Open Geoportal Cloud Federation

Patrick Florance, Tufts University
The Open Geoportal (OGP) is a collaboratively developed, open source, federated web application to rapidly discover, preview, and retrieve, geospatial data from multiple repositories in a variety of formats and web service protocols. The new Open Geoportal 2.0 will be demonstrated as will the new OGP Suite of Federated Services: OGP Community, OGP Harvester, OGP Metadata Toolkit and OGP Dashboard Analytics. http://opengeoportal.org

Displaying Change Data on a US Topo Map to Assist in Map Revision Decision Making
Andrew J. Stauffer, USGS
Kristin A. Fishburn, USGS
Kristina H. Yamamoto, USGS
The U.S. Geological Survey is evaluating vector-based change detection tools and processes to help reduce costs associated with maintaining 1:24,000-scale US Topo maps. When a feature changes, the current instance of that feature is compared to the same feature at the time it was last published in a map. The degree and significance of change is quantified across datasets within each map footprint. A map can then be scheduled for revision if the total change found exceeds a predetermined threshold. This process can improve map currency while focusing resources on updating map products that require revision. We will provide an overview of our change detection workflow and how change data are displayed on a US Topo map to aid in making internal revision and republication decisions. 
Mapping Local Spatial Fitness with Strava (10 minute talk)
Jonathan K. Nelson, Penn State University & Strava
Strava is a social fitness application that allows athletes to track and share rides, runs, and other activities via smartphones or GPS devices. Strava’s Metro Division manages a big data service focused on providing “ground truth” on where individuals exercise. Millions of GPS-tracked activities are uploaded weekly from all over the world, resulting in billions of data points. The Division aggregates and analyzes these data to better understand how athletes interact with the outdoors, as well as to assess individuals’ needs and preferences, provide optimal routing, and evaluate the structure of social fitness networks. Strava users interact with the application differently across place and space. Some users are entirely performance-driven, while others are largely commuters. Time of day further affects activity type. Thus, users benefit from different representations of their data. I will share my experiences in making sense of these unique user characteristics and designing relevant maps, visualizations, and user experiences. 

Mapping Joy & Pain: Connecting Space, Place, and Emotion (10 minute talk)
Maureen McFarlane, John R. Borchert Map Library, University of Minnesota Libraries
Rebecca Krinke, Landscape Architecture, College of Design, University of Minnesota
Kevin Dyke, John R. Borchert Map Library, University of Minnesota Libraries
Our desire to connect stories and emotions to location has exploded on the web, from social media check-ins to Yelp reviews to Instagram food pictures, with maps providing innovative ways of provoking and exploring these narratives. This project began by asking passersby in several public places to identify where they encountered joy and pain in the Twin Cities and illustrate their histories on a large wooden map of Minneapolis-St. Paul. The engaged response to the map inspired an interactive web version of the project that utilizes the ArcGIS Javascript API as the basis for the application and Mapbox Studio for the custom-styled basemap. Visitors use an array of freehand sketching tools to depict their joy or pain as anonymous spatial expressions. The result is a communal archive visualizing the locations that draw out strong emotions around the Twin Cities and the design decisions users associate with these experiences. 

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Anthony Robinson

Associate Professor and Director of Online Geospatial Education, Department of Geography, The Pennsylvania State University
I direct Penn State's Online Geospatial Education programs and serve as Faculty Director in the Department of Geography's GeoGraphics Lab.

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Patrick Florance

Director Geospatial Technology, Tufts University
Humanitarian GIS, International Mapping/GIS, Visualization, Data Mining, Drones, Geospatial Humanities, Higher Education, etc.
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Chris Henrick

Web Developer, GreenInfo Network
My interests relating to cartographic design and geospatial visualization lie within civic tech, open data, open source software, narrative mapping, outdoor / recreation, and travel.

Andrew Stauffer

Cartographer, US Geological Survey

Friday October 16, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm CDT
Charles Frost 225 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55401

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