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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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Friday, October 10 • 8:30am - 10:00am
Rendering the past

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The Zaira problem: mapping past events on an island of California
Jeff Howarth, Middlebury College
Calvino suggested that a city consists "of relationships between the measurements of its space and the events of its past." Lying off the coast of Southern California, Santa Cruz Island contains far fewer of these relationships than a city, which makes the island a useful laboratory to experiment with methods to map these kinds of relationships and how they change over time. In this talk, I present some preliminary efforts to map recurring events to the spaces on the island that were adapted to support them in the past. I also discuss attempts to reveal changes in these adapted spaces over time. I suggest that the concept of a "plan" provides a helpful frame for mapping relationships between events and space, and contrast this with approaches that map discrete events of the past.

1 Minute to 100,000 Years: Mapping The Out of Eden Walk Project
Jeff Blossom, Center for Geographic Analysis, Harvard University
The Out of Eden Walk Project involves writer Paul Salopek walking from Africa to Tierra Del Fuego, South America, following the  path of human migration, and writing stories along the way.  Assisting this project in the form of map production is Jeff Blossom of the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University.  Creating compelling visualizations for temporal scales that span a one minute walk along a street to the 60,000 year long journey of human migration to an international online audience is the cartographic challenge of this project.  Map design considerations, cartographic techniques used, successes, and lessons learned from the first year of this seven year project will be presented.

The Chesapeake Bay - Time is of the Essence
John Wolf, USGS
The Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) is a unique regional partnership that leads and directs Chesapeake Bay restoration and protection.  Time plays an important and multifaceted role in many of the Chesapeake Bay initiatives.  The ability to communicate phenomena that vary over many different geographies and time steps (daily to seasonal to annual to decadal and more) is key to educating both technical and non-technical audiences.  Fortunately, as one of the most studied ecosystems in the world, the Chesapeake has a wealth of environmental and socioeconomic data from which to work.  

To support a new Chesapeake Watershed Agreement we have been developing a variety of time-enabled story maps to help communicate change in ecological and socioeconomic factors.  This presentation will highlight a few of those time-based communication products focusing on both technical and non-technical concepts, including cooperative geovisualization projects with both Stamen and ESRI.

The Zeon Files Mapped: Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign
Eric Theise
What did Eddie's Inferno Cocktail Lounge, Doc Fuller the Loan Man, the Roadrunner Coffee Shop, Bowlette, Steak in the Rough, Thelma Lu's Candy Shoppe, and too many Route 66 drive in theaters to list have in common? Fanciful roadside signs designed and installed by Electrical Products of New Mexico, a.k.a. Zeon Signs, of Albuquerque.

Through a series of fortuitous near-disasters, close to 2,000 of Zeon's job envelopes from the 1950s & 60s--often containing stunning working drawings for their designs--recently transferred into the holdings of the Center for Southwest Research at the University of New Mexico. This talk will discuss an ongoing project to map these signs in space and time; on paper, for an upcoming book by architect/planner/urban designer Mark C. Childs and sculptor/social practitioner Ellen Babcock, and online, for a CSWR finding guide having sandboxed crowdsourced elements.


Leo Dillon

Office of the Geographer, U.S. Department of State


Jeff Blossom

Harvard University

Jeff Howarth

Middlebury College
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Eric Theise

Web & Geospatial Software Engineer, Self-employed software developer
Chicago born & raised; San Francisco resident since 1989. Open to new geographies. Talk to me about human perception, color, experimental film and composition, or foodways.
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John Wolf

GIS Team Leader, USGS - Chesapeake Bay Program
John is the Geographic Information Systems Team Leader for the Chesapeake Bay Program in Annapolis, Maryland.  He is responsible for planning, coordinating, developing and applying GIS and data visualization efforts to address Chesapeake Bay conservation and restoration issues.

Friday October 10, 2014 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Marquis C Pittsburgh Marriott City Center

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