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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
Mapping the City

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UAEU Employees' Social Impact Assessment in Urban Development in Al Ain City
Naeema Alhosani, UAE University
Changes in land-use are thought of as being a primary factor through which humans modifies the surroundings leading to major landscape alterations. For example, land clearing for urban expansion is mostly associated with population growth coupled with increased economic, agricultural and industrial activities. Al Ain city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) experienced rapid population growth and economic activities in the past two decades, due to the increased migrant workers. This has created a particular map of spatial pattern related to the needs of the migrant communities. The primary focus of this research is to study the socio-cultural impact of the international migrant workers on land use and the needed plans for mapping future development. The international staff of the UAE university is taken as the primary target through a questionnaire process to identify the needed urban facilities and map their optimum spatial distribution to better accommodate their demands.

Proposed Route for Public Transportation in River Falls, WI (10 minute talk)
Diego Nunes Valadares, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
The objective of this study was propose a route for public transportation to connect the city of River Falls, WI with your larger cities settled around. Iused ESRI Arcmap software, version 10.2.2 and the Network Analysis extension. This proposition comes to try to solve this problem related with public transportation identified in River Falls, WI, which has no public transportation inside the city limits, and surrounding it to connect to the neighbor cities. Helping this way, to develop and understand how to apply Geographic Information Systems - GIS, in a specific area, of interest for public visualization and government management.

Voting Patterns and the Geographic Distribution of “Cultural Markers”: A GIS Analysis of the Pittsburgh, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area (10 minute talk)
John Peter Preysner, The University of Chicago
The American political landscape has become a hyper-competitive world in which electoral success is built on the back of powerful data analytics. It is of great importance to campaign strategists to understand the spatial distribution of likely liberal or conservative voters. Towards this end, the goal of this project was to determine an answer to the following spatial question: Is there a relationship between the geographical distribution of select commercial establishments and religious institutions and ideological voting tendencies among the adjacent populace? To examine this question, select “cultural markers” were isolated for study in the Pittsburgh MSA, an area chosen due to its competitive nature in the 2012 presidential election. “Cultural markers” were selected as the result of their institutional stance on same-sex marriage. The liberal “markers” selected were Whole Foods Market and the Unitarian Universalist Association and the conservative “markers” selected were Chick-fil-a and the Presbyterian Church in America.

Dasymetric Tesselation (10 minute talk)
Walter Kent Treichel, State of Minnesota
Statewide mapping of Minnesota townships and cities leaves some small areas difficult to see or analyze. One possible solution to this is to implement a tessellation which allows for increasing the size of smaller areas while maintaining overall topology and shape. Once the tessellation was complete, it provided an opportunity to apply a dasymetric process, in this case US Census population by Census block, to identify only those cells with data. This additional step overcame some of the limitations inherent in choropleth maps and allowed for a more detailed areal interpretation.

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Maggie Smith

Freelance cartographer & designer, yoga teacher, adventurista, former cartographer at National Geographic magazine.


Naeema Alhosani

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John Peter Preysner

B.A. Candidate in Geographical Studies, Class of 2016, The University of Chicago
I am currently a fourth-year undergraduate at The University of Chicago majoring in Geographical Studies. My interests are primarily in the fields of cultural geography, political geography, and cartographic applications of GIS. This summer I worked as an intern at Esri, Inc. in Redlands... Read More →
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Kent Treichel

Portfolio Manager, Minnesota Revenue
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Diego Nunes Valdares

GIS Certificate Student, UWRF

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

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