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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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Wednesday, October 14 • 1:30pm - 2:55pm
Practical Cartography Day Early Afternoon Session

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Repurposing Print Cartography (and more) for a Multi-Resolution World
15 Minutes
Seth Fitzsimmons, Stamen
Alan McConchie, Stamen

Paper and LED touch screens are both amazing pieces of technology, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. National Geographic has been producing gorgeous print work for decades. Stamen has been producing web-native work for years. We recently adapted NG's print production pipeline to produce multi-resolution content for an upcoming project. I'll talk about how.
https://speakerdeck.com/mojodna/print-cartography-in-a-multi-resolution-world 

Mapping the Future Patagonia National Park
15 Minutes
Ross Donihue, Maps for Good
Marty Schnure, Maps for Good

At Maps for Good, we think about a map not just as a tool for navigation, but as a canvas for telling a story. Come hear about our most recent project to make an interactive map of the Farallon Islands. While this refuge is managed by a public agency, it remains strictly off limits to the public due to their sensitivity, importance, and uniqueness of the ecosystem. We can't bring the public to the islands, but we want to bring the islands to the public with a rich interactive map. The talk will discuss our first expedition to the islands, our workflow, field data collection, and techniques for applying principles of print cartography to interactive maps.
http://bit.ly/1M1WAaI 


An Overview of ArcMap-to-Illustrator Workflows of the National Hydropower Asset Assessment Program
20 Minutes
Nicole Samu, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Brenna L. Elrod, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

This paper provides a high-level summary of ArcMap-to-Adobe Illustrator (ArcMap-to-Illustrator) workflows adopted by the National Hydropower Asset Assessment Program (NHAAP) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for generating multiple national and regional maps to support US hydropower research on asset management, resource assessment, and environmental barrier analysis. Several general methods that have been useful for the creation of national and regional hydropower maps will be introduced and compared.  Collectively, the goal of this paper is to provide ArcMap-to-Illustrator map production methods that others may benefit from and to spur follow-on discussion and action on ways to improve these methods and overcome some common cartographic production challenges.

 

FixWikiMaps Project
10 Minutes
Brian Davidson, DigitalGlobe
Alan McConchie, Stamen Design
Joshua Stevens, NASA Earth Observatory

On Wikipedia, anyone is allowed to submit changes, updates, and graphics to any page on the site. Along with these graphics, there are a large number of maps and visualizations that are posted. Unfortunately, many of the maps are rarely updated again. To combat this problem, Brian Davidson, Alan McConchie, and Joshua Stevens created the FixWikiMaps Project, with the ultimate goal to correct, update, and beautify the maps on Wikipedia. To begin finding and fixing these maps, The FixWikiMaps Project has teamed up with NACIS to create MapLift, a week long map-a-thon to upgrade existing Wikipedia maps and make new ones.

 

Restyling Old & Cluttered Maps
20 Minutes
Vanessa Knoppke-Wetzel, MacFadden

Many of my humanitarian organization’s map specs have not been restyled in more than ten years and have obvious needs of aesthetic overhaul, and thus can quickly and easily be changed from old to new. Nevertheless, some map style specs have continuously been problematic in their respective visual representations and design because of the amount of information required to be on a single map, combined with the sparse amount of extra time humanitarian aid cartographers can take to experiment and find better means of visual representation. However, I got lucky because as soon as I was employed I was tasked with the aesthetic overhaul of my department's map styles. This presentation goes through my restyling process, with explanations of what changes are needed for each respective map type, the various iterations, and ultimately, the final map styles and why they were (or were not) chosen.
https://speakerdeck.com/vknoppkewetzel/nacis-pcd-talk-2015-restyling-old-and-cluttered-maps 


Moderators
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Carolyn Fish

Ph.D. Candidate, Penn State University
Co-Organizer of NACIS Practical Cartography Day
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Rosemary Wardley

Sr. GIS Cartographer, National Geographic Maps

Speakers
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Brian Davidson

UI/UX Developer, DigitalGlobe
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Ross Donihue

Creative Director, Maps for Good
Ross Donihue is the founder of Maps for Good, where he makes custom maps and digital media for conservation initiatives.
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Vanessa K-Wetzel

GIS Analyst, MacFadden | USAID/OFDA
I'm a detail oriented designer, cartographer, geographer, and hacker that is passionate about creating visual stories - usually through maps . I also love... running, wolves, and Wisconsin. // This NACIS: workshop on Saturday (come one come all!) and co-Organizer for Practical Cartography Day.
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Alan McConchie

Lead Cartographer, Stamen Design, Stamen Design
Alan McConchie works at the intersection of cartography, software, and data science. He loves making cartographic visualizations that reveal new ways of seeing the world, and is passionate about creating tools that help people create their own maps and tell their own spatial stories. At Stamen, he co-founded Maptime, a series of beginner-focussed meetups for teaching about open source map-making. Alan currently sits on Maptime's board of... Read More →
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Nicole Samu

Cartographer & GIS Data Coordinator, Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Wednesday October 14, 2015 1:30pm - 2:55pm
Great Hall 225 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55401

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