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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Friday, October 16 • 4:00pm - 5:20pm
Storytelling with Maps

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Introducing Web Mapping to Writing Studies and Journalism Classes at the University of Minnesota Duluth
Micaella Penning, University of Minnesota Duluth
Mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are increasingly recognized as a beneficial component of education in the Liberal Arts. The Geospatial Analysis Center at the University of Minnesota Duluth is fostering collaborations with classes across the University, particularly in the fields of writing studies and journalism. Through presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on tutorials, students are learning to harness the power of web mapping using ArcGIS Online. Students with no prior cartographic experience create media-rich story maps, analyze and visualize quantitative and qualitative data, and learn about real-world examples of how GIS and web mapping is being utilized by professionals in their field. They are introduced to both the idea of telling a story with a map, and visualizing data through mapping to find a potential story.

Map Design and Software Tools for an Interactive Touch Table Museum Exhibit
Henry Kaufman, Tactable
Aaron Carmisciano / Subluxed
We created a 27-foot long multi-touch table exhibit about human rights violations around the world for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Mapping was an important component of the exhibit as it helped tell the stories. We used a non-conventional Dymaxion projection for the initial world view, so it can be viewed from either side of the table. Each event shows a regional map that highlights the area affected. The museum will extend the set of events covered, so we created a custom map-making application in C++ based on Cinder and ModestMaps, and custom map rendering tools in Python based on the open source tools Mapnik, ImageMagick, and data from NaturalEarthData.com. The tools enable the museum to create new bilingual regional maps as needed. We will discuss the design choices that we made in creating the maps, our custom rendering pipeline, and demo the tools.
See www.tactable.com/studyTable/ for visuals.

Mapping Alternate Terrains: GeoHumanities & Cartographic Expression
Kevin Dyke, University of Minnesota Libraries
Ryan Mattke, University of Minnesota Libraries
Across the University of Minnesota Libraries system, several groups are working on projects that touch on different aspects of the GeoHumanities. The projects demonstrate the value of blending domain and technological expertise with the unique strengths of library staff. This blend facilitates deeper collaboration between the Libraries and faculty, students, and researchers and allows for alternate forms of cartographic expression.

Examples include using scraped hip hop lyrics as a case study to produce a customized geoparser, working to create an online version of a map representing geographic areas associated with joy/pain, and geocoding addresses for YMCA locations in New York City from the 1880s to the present in order to visualize patterns in branch openings and closings over time, and working with faculty to enrich the learning experience in the classroom for students creating online exhibits using georeferenced maps as a backdrop for historical site locations.

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Alex Tait

Geographer, National Geographic Society
3-D MappingTerrain and Landscape ModelingInternational Boundaries

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Henry Kaufman

President, Tactable

Micaella Penning

University of Minnesota Duluth

Friday October 16, 2015 4:00pm - 5:20pm CDT
Rock Island 225 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55401

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