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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 • 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Practical Cartography Day Late Afternoon Session

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Terrain Data Sources Online
20 Minutes
Paulo Raposo, Dept of Geography, Penn State

Terrain data for almost of all of the Earth is freely available online in different formats and resolutions. This presentation will review some sources and portals to these data, many of which are related to NASA, the USGS, and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI). Also, the talk will briefly describe how to generate DEMs from publicly-available LiDAR LAS files using the open source GIS SAGA.
http://www.personal.psu.edu/pzr111/publications/Raposo_NACIS_PCD_presentation.pdf 

A Matter of Perspective
20 Minutes
Daniel P. Huffman, somethingaboutmaps

A walkthrough which covers some of the challenges & solutions in creating a map of Lake Michigan from an unusual perspective: one in which the circumference of the lake has been distorted into a straight line.
bit.ly/matterofperspective 

CartoCSS Essentials
15 Minutes
Katie Kowalsky, UW Cartography Lab
Robert Roth, UW Madison

While designing lab work for an advanced graphic design in cartography course, I've been exploring the often impractical, but fun applications of CartoCSS using Mapbox Studio. Through the context of aesthetic mapping, we can learn the essentials of styling a basemap. I'll walk through various tips and tricks to take your vector tileset to the next level.
http://slides.com/kkowalsky/nacis-2015#/ 


Vector Cartography in ArcGIS
25 Minutes
Craig Williams, Esri

ArcGIS has a variety of options for vector cartography. I'll give an overview of recent enhancements to ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Pro. Finally, I'll explain and show vector tiles in the ArcGIS platform and how they can be leveraged for your mapping applications in the desktop, web, and mobile.


Moderators
avatar for Carolyn Fish

Carolyn Fish

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

Rosemary Wardley

Sr. GIS Cartographer, National Geographic Maps

Speakers
avatar for Katie Kowalsky

Katie Kowalsky

Developer Community Manager, Mapzen
avatar for Craig Williams

Craig Williams

Product Engineer Lead - Mapping, Esri


Wednesday October 14, 2015 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Great Hall 225 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Attendees (57)