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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 • 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Opening Session with Plenary Speaker Martin Aurand

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Taking the Measure of the Topographical City
Martin Aurand, University Libraries at Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh is among those human settlements that, in the words of Spiro Kostof, “respond so fatefully to the sculpture of the land that it is impossible to isolate the urban experience from earth-induced affects.”  When its romance with industry subsided, and the smoke cleared, Pittsburgh, the quintessential industrial city, was revealed to be what it had always been, the quintessential topographical city. Pittsburgh lies within the Appalachian Plateau, and is organized into topographical spaces or rooms—voids in the solid of the plateau—which contain the heterogeneity of urban growth. Pittsburgh’s greatest room is the so-called Golden Triangle, the city’s point of origin and downtown core. The Golden Triangle lies within a basin at the Forks of the Ohio—one of America’s great natural settings—which is filled with rivers, landforms, urban plans, and buildings. We will take geographical, cosmological, civic, and architectural measures of the Golden Triangle across space and time, represented as drawings, paintings, diagrams, and maps.

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Amy Griffin

NACIS Vice President, UNSW Canberra
I am the current NACIS vice-president and a co-organizer of NACIS 2015 in Minneapolis, which also happens to be my hometown.  I live near and work in Canberra, Australia at UNSW Canberra, a major Australian research university. I'm also currently the co-Chair of the ICA Commission on Cognitive Issues in Geographic Information Visualization, and I love all things maps! 
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Alex Tait

President, International Mapping
3-D Mapping | Terrain and Landscape Modeling | International Boundaries


Martin Aurand

Carnegie Mellon University
Architecture Librarian, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, US

Wednesday October 8, 2014 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Grand Ballroom 3+4 Pittsburgh Marriott City Center

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