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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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Thursday, October 15 • 9:00am - 10:10am
Community Mapping

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Mapping Neighborhoodness
Andy Woodruff, Axis Maps
Tim Wallace, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Neighborhoods offer a rich, cultural texture to urban landscapes the world over. Some have hard, physical boundaries, like a river or an overpass. Others seem to taper off. Bureaucrats and realtors may have official boundaries for neighborhoods, but what do they know? Bostonography asked citizens to draw their own, collective neighborhood map. The results have been expectedly fuzzy but surprisingly engaging and fun. We’ll show how it was done, the maps it enabled, and lessons we learned from working with crowdsourced data.

Mapping for Housing Justice in Bushwick, NYC
Chris Henrick, Parsons MFA Design & Technology
Michael Mintz, North West Bushwick Community Group
The Bushwick Community Map is an interactive web-mapping project that provides local residents and community organizers with access to data relating to housing and urban planning of the Bushwick neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY. It's goal is to help track gentrification and prevent the displacement of longterm residents from illegitimate practices by landlords. This talk will provide an overview of the project's history as well as how open government data and open source web-mapping technology can be used to strengthen the tenants rights movement and the work of anti-displacement activists. 

Dynamic Madison: Mapping as a Collective
Caroline Rose, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Clare Trainor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
What is the city of Madison, Wisconsin? How do we map the multiplicity of Madisonian experiences? As part of a university class, we approached these questions as an ‘editorial collective’ of eight research groups. Each research group was tasked with creating a critical essay and accompanying map based on diverse interactions with the city. Half of the students had never made a map before, but were now challenged to think cartographically about place. In our presentation, we examine the outcomes of this experience from a few different perspectives. We consider how cartography can portray disparate experiences of place. We also address the challenges and rewards of asking novice mapmakers to incorporate cartography into their critical thinking about place. Other authors, all of UW Madison (Doug Adams, Lucy Argent, Michael Arnsteen, Clara Dockter, Corinne Ehrfurth, Hannah Friedrich, Hallah Ghanem, Greta Hippensteel, Megan Howell, Kyle Hulse, Erik Kramer, Wan-Jun Lu, Andrea Lyke, Chelsea Nestel, Veronica Plum, Caitlin Quintenz, A.J. Rohn, Colton Schara, Griffin Schauer, Molly Schumacher, Laura Szymanski, Adrienne Tracy, Kelsi Wallander, Keith Woodward).

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Maggie Smith

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

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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.
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Andy Woodruff

Axis Maps

Thursday October 15, 2015 9:00am - 10:10am CDT
Rock Island 225 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55401

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