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. 
Wednesday, October 14 • 9:00am - 10:10am
Practical Cartography Day Early Morning Session

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Taking terrain to new heights with ArcGIS
20 Minutes
Kenneth Field, Esri Inc
Patrick Kennelly, LIU post, Long Island University

Ever wanted to go beyond default contour or hillshade representations of terrain and make something really stylish in ArcGIS? Yep, me too. Now you can with our new suite of stunning terrain tools for ArcGIS for Desktop. This session will take a single DEM and explore alternative ways to showcase your terrain including beautiful new hillshades that mimic hand-drawn techniques as well as filled contours and illuminated contours. We’ll also showcase artistic techniques such as hachures, shadow lines and sky models as well as historic looking styles, 3D chromastereoscopic mapping and 3D Choropleths. These techniques bring artistry to your maps using easy to use tools that we’ll demonstrate and which support your print and also 2D and 3D web mapping.

Redesigning Atlas Maps for Social Media
10 Minutes
Alethea Steingisser, InfoGraphics Lab, University of Oregon 
James Meacham, InfoGraphics Lab, University of Oregon

In partnership with the Wyoming Migration Initiative, the UO InfoGraphics Lab is repurposing cartographic products created for the print atlas, the Atlas of Wildlife Migration: Wyoming’s Ungulates for social media outreach. The social media maps deliver timely stories about migrations and biological research that reflect live field work and satellite data collection while also building a strong social media following. This short talk will explore the design choices we considered regarding long versus short-term publication life, map purpose, and publication method used when redesigning these maps for social media.


MaPublisher at National Geographic
15 Minutes
Matthew Chwastyk, National Geographic Society

This powerful plugin for Adobe Illustrator is transforming the cartographic process. Its suite of tools aids in every aspect of the journey a map takes from concept to final proof. I'll detail how the software has been implemented for research, production, and in the editorial stages.


A quick guide to U.S. Department of Transportation datasets
15 Minutes
Justyna Goworowska, U.S. Department of TransportationThe U.S. Department of

Transportation provides data, much of which is spatial, on transportation infrastructure, passenger and freight movements, safety, and enforcement. The National Transportation Atlas Database (NTAD) is an annually updated spatial dataset of point, line, and polygon features. It includes multiple transportation-related features, from airports and bridges to highways and railways, as well as attribute information. This presentation will introduce users to the various datasets available through the US DOT and how to access them.

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Carolyn Fish

Assistant Professor, University of Oregon
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Rosemary Wardley

Cartographer/ Graphics Editor, National Geographic

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Kenneth Field

Cartonerd. Ex-academic. Teaches. Talks. Makes. Presents. Publishes. Blogs. Tweets. Journals. Book 1 (Cartography.). Book 2 (Thematic Mapping) MOOC. Kitchen tiles. Snowboards. Drums. Beer. Nottingham Forest. Has a life too.

Alethea Steingisser

Cartographer, University of Oregon

Wednesday October 14, 2015 9:00am - 10:10am CDT
Great Hall 225 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55401

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