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Welcome to NACIS 2014 in Pittsburgh! This is the annual meeting of the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS). The theme for this year’s meeting is Cartography and Time. See the schedule below and go to the NACIS website for more details.

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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.

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Wednesday, October 8 • 8:30am - 10:00am
Practical Cartography Day, Early AM (additional registration)

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Unrequested Map Tips - Part 1
John Nelson, IDV Solutions
You did not ask for them, and here they are! Throughout my cartographic seasons I've produced a rich gallery of terrible and lazy mistakes.  As such, I've had the opportunity to consider what elements have made my mapping poor and what approaches tend to result in goodness.  The times they are changing, and cartographic tastes fluctuate as well -but there are some underlying concepts that make maps better, and aesthetic trending is just one of them.  These tips orbit around three major themes: personal satisfaction, a thoughtful approach to legending, and the avoidance of knee-jerk aggregation.  I hope some fraction are helpful to other cartographers, as they have been to me.  I prefer this to violent opposition, but now is your chance to take these 20 unrequested map tips for whatever they may be worth.

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Decent typography in ArcMap
Brian Greer, LCI Inc.
I prefer a workflow that incorporates design software (Illustrator). At my job, I am constrained to keep much of my work within the Esri realm. Good typography is achievable in ArcMap. I'll take you through some examples of how to take control of your typography in ArcMap - within the map and in the layout. I'll recreate some nice typography from film, graphic design, and other interesting text treatments. I often harness the power of formatting tags to control type and create quality dynamic map text. I'll present some tips and tricks for label placement within the Esri workflow along the way.

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Processing Landsat 8 in Photoshop
Tom Patterson, US National Park Service
The Landsat 8 program that began on April 11, 2013 represents a milestone for practical cartographers: image quality is much improved, getting images is easier than ever before, and they are in the public domain and available for free. I will demonstrate how to use Landsat 8 with Adobe Photoshop for a variety of image processing and mapmaking tasks, including the creation of natural color images, water body enhancements, and contrast stretching. I will demo a new and simpler method of applying panchromatic sharpening to Landsat 8 images, effectively increasing their resolution from 30 to 15 meters. I will also discuss how to replace embedded shadows on a Landsat 8 image, illuminated from the southeast, with conventional shaded relief illuminated from the northwest.

For more on Landsat 8 and Photoshop, visit my tutorial at: www.shadedrelief.com/landsat8/introduction.html

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Optimizing Web Maps for Esri Story Maps
Jon Bowen and David Asbury, Esri
Esri's ArcGIS Online platform enables users to create beautiful maps from a wide variety of sources and share those maps via the web. Combined with online applications and carefully designed application templates, you can fuse web maps, multimedia, and text to create compelling stories ultimately liberating your data to the public and driving home your message.

Map Journal, the newest Story Map template, seamlessly allows you to fuse your content into rich storytelling experiences for the web.  With an intuitive authoring interface and carefully designed default elements and color schemes, Map Journal is a go-to template to showcase your project. We will demonstrate how to integrate your cartography with an engaging story, while using the best techniques to configure basemaps, pop-ups, layers, and legends to provide the most optimal user experience.

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Designing global hillshades & landcover as vectors
AJ Ashton, Mapbox
With vector tiles and tools like Mapbox Studio, designers are able to rapidly iterate on cartographic design, experimenting with a wide variety of colors and styles on a worldwide, multiscale data set. We wanted to bring that same experience to terrain data visualization, so we developed global hillshades and landcover layers represented by vector polygons rather than raster grids.

This presentation will outline the technical aspects of collecting and mosaicing the best-available raster data, developing a raster to vector pipeline using established open-source utilities, and parallelizing the process across many cloud servers. I'll also illustrate how cartographic design was an integral part of the full technical process, and provide examples of the wide variety of designs made possible with the terrain vector tiles.

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Adventures in Terrain Design
Kelly Abplanalp, University of Wisconsin-Madison
I'll be speaking about the development of my unique terrain depiction method.  A hachuring attempt gone wrong (or perhaps right..!) led to my hand drawn/photoshop finished system for mapping the land.

10:00 – 10:20

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Rosemary Wardley

Sr. GIS Cartographer, National Geographic Maps
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Andy Woodruff

Axis Maps


Kelly Abplanalp

University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Jon Bowen

a little bit of what I've been up to http://bowencartography.blogspot.com/
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Brian Greer

GIS Analyst/Cartographer, LCI Inc.
I'm a GIS analyst and cartographer, I love GIS, cartography, graphic design, guitar, woodworking, diy stuff, making things that I need that don't already exist.
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John Nelson

Director of Visualization, IDV Solutions
John sneaks map-making in when he is supposed to be managing user experience design but he thinks nobody is looking and just goes for it. He is shy and awkward in unfamiliar, and familiar, social situations -particularly conferences where he actually sees people he generally only reads about. He is left-handed, stands at his desk, does not exercise (apart from standing at a desk), enjoys bursting into song, likes the color blue, is terrible... Read More →
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Tom Patterson

Cartographer, National Park Service
I like terrain on maps.

Wednesday October 8, 2014 8:30am - 10:00am
Marquis A+B Pittsburgh Marriott City Center

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