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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 • 4:00pm - 5:10pm
Mapping Change

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Dynamic Cartography for a GL World
Nicki Dlugash, Mapbox
Maps that change in real time? Web maps rendered client-side are interactive on a whole new level – and seamless zooming, 360-degree rotation, and perspective views are just the beginning. When designing a map that incorporates dynamic style transitions or 3D geometry, new cartographic challenges abound. How do you dynamically change fill patterns? How do you place labels on a map with geometry that dynamically rotates, distorts, or gains another dimension? I'll discuss various challenges and possible solutions using examples of maps created with Mapbox GL for this game-changing world of client-side vector rendering.

Beyond Speed and Accuracy, Let's Focus on Engagement and Memorability: Creating New Instruments for Evaluating Cartographic Animations
Joanna Merson, Arizona State University
Animated maps are captivating, but traditional user studies often write them off as uninformative and distracting. I am seeking to identify the balance point. This presentation identifies common uses of animation in cartography to determine 1) how and why animated techniques are leveraged and 2) how they are evaluated. A critique will be presented to express strengths and limitations of traditional speed/accuracy style assessments. Then I will present the framework and preliminary results for a user study that supplements speed and accuracy with measures of engagement and memorability: the "understanding, engagement, recall" method.

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Andy Woodruff

Axis Maps

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Nicki Dlugash

Designer/cartographer, Mapbox
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Joanna Merson

University of Oregon

Friday October 16, 2015 4:00pm - 5:10pm CDT
AJ Earling 225 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55401

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