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. 
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Thursday, October 15 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
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Location-Based Navigation: QRCode Positioning and Navigation Integration
Rex Cammack, University of Nebraska Omaha
Paul Hunt, University of Nebraska Omaha
The methods used to locate oneself in an indoor environment have improved over recent years. Triangulation between Wifi hubs is the most common method. In this research we investigate using QRcode signage to aid in location-based navigation. In this case study the research team has saturated an indoor environment with QRcode signs. The QRcodes have embedded web app instructions and locational information. When a user scans the QRcode it passes the embedded information to a navigation web app that will update the users position within the web app. This locating method is a starting point for several supporting tasks within the navigation process. The first task is a proximity search task. Users will be able to find nearby information regarding objects and activities in the environment. The second location based task will be to use the QRcode scan information to initiate a routing task to a desired location. The final QRCode intiated task is to filter the environment based on the type of QRCode locations scanned. This will update the web app to highlight similar objects in the environment. The goal of this research is to develop a system that could be integrated into a mobile app with both thematic context and lower implementation cost.

Designing an Experience: Maps, Signage, and the Tourist Path through Troy
Chelsea Nestel, University of Wisconsin - Madison
The famous ancient city of Troy, located at Çanakkale, Turkey, is visited annually by about 500,000 people. However, many tourists report that their actual visit is a disappointment, not meeting their expectation of Troy as a place. Three research questions were formed to understand both the problems and opportunities presented by Troy: 1. What are the dimensions of visitor experiences at a tourist site like Troy? 2. What features should be considered in the design of informative and functional maps and signage that support these visitor experiences? 3. What factors should be considered in the placement of signs and maps to improve visitor experiences? The results provide insight into the user experience design at any preserved site of cultural or historical significance, using Troy as a case study.

The Challenges of Using the Global Position System in Abu Dhabi (10 minute talk)
Amna Mohamed Saleh Alkaabi, UAE University
Dr. Naeema Alhosni, UAE University
This study focuses on the relationship between tourism and geography. It examines the tourists who use the Global Position System (GPS) to arrive to their destination. Some tourists face problems with the use of GPS such as slow connection and lack of familiarity with electronic devices, while tourists who use traditional maps take longer to reach their goal. Consequently, the authors created a simple device that provides the routes for major tourists destinations. It has only one tourist destination with a map on a sheet of paper and via SMS on mobile phones. The methods of data collection were qualitative and quantitative. A sample size of 142 responders were surveyed. The targets area were Abu Dhabi and Al Ain cities. The results showed that Abu Dhabi is the optimal place to implement the device. The authors recommend that the device is highly needed for enhancing the sustainability by providing the guide line via SMS on phones instead of a paper map.


Rex Cammack

Associate Professor, University of Nebraska Omaha
Geography Professor interested in Map Design/communication and Context based location based services.

Chelsea Nestel

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Thursday October 15, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
Rock Island 225 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55401

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