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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
Mapping Mobilities

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Updating the Rogue River Float Guide: Standards, Processes and Products
Paul Fyfield, USDI Bureau of Land Management
Mattye Walsworth, USDI Bureau of Land Management Oregon State Office
Jim Rounds, USDI Bureau of Land Management Oregon State Office
Flowing 215 miles from its headwaters near Crater Lake to the Pacific Ocean, the Rogue River in southwestern Oregon was one of the original eight rivers included in the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968. Extremely popular for its challenging whitewater rapids, the Rogue is used by up to 120 rafters and kayakers each day during the peak summer season.

The Bureau of Land Management and the US Forest Service are in the process of updating their 2004 float guide aimed towards these recreational users. This presentation will discuss approaches to mapping standards and processes being taken to improve the quality and usability of this guide, as well as alternative, digital products designed for use on mobile devices.  The goal is to provide map products that accommodate the needs and enhance the experience of those floating the Rogue River.

Disconnected Cities: Mapping Personal Mobilities
Nicholas Perdue, University of Oregon
Amy Lobben, University of Oregon
Increasingly, people rely on mobile navigation applications to aid in pedestrian movement through urban spaces. These application return a suggested route calculated with a combination of distance and network based metrics, assuming a singular mobility of the user. This assumption, however, is problematic when the user is a person with physical or perceptual disabilities. We argue the intimate interactions between the body, social structures, and material spaces produce individualized and uneven mobilites within an urban transportation network. This work aims to characterize the various interactions of health condition and environmental features that facilitate and hinder mobility for people with disabilities and develop a mobile application to identify optimal routes through urban environments. The project integrates survey data on demographic variables, personal health conditions, and perceptions of environmental features with municipal geospatial data to create a personalized mobile navigation application to assist in safe and efficient movement of people with disabilities.

Challenges in Representing Spatio-Temporal Wildlife Migration Data
Lauren Tierney, InfoGraphics Lab, Department of Geography, University of Oregon
James E. Meacham, InfoGraphics Lab, Department of Geography, University of Oregon
Alethea Y. Steingisser, InfoGraphics Lab, Department of Geography, University of Oregon
Emily L. Nyholm, InfoGraphics Lab, Department of Geography, University of Oregon
New GPS-collar technology is providing wildlife ecologists the opportunity to collect an immense amount of location and time-stamped data, giving new insight into animal migration and ecology that was not possible before. Mapping and visualizing the wildlife migration data in meaningful ways poses many design challenges. This presentation focuses on the temporal data and cartographic design challenges encountered in the creation of thematic maps and data graphics for the in-production Atlas of Wildlife Migration: Wyoming's Ungulates, as well as associated scientific and conservation reports. The recent discovery of the longest land mammal migration in the lower 48 states, the 150-mile "Red Desert to Hoback" mule deer seasonal migration, will be featured in this presentation.

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Applied GIS Global Earth to the Prayer Circles and Prayer Direction Circles
Ahmad Massasati, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Virtual digital globe of Earth with its internet applications has proven to be an effective tool of geographic education. With GIS, displaying ideas and information on the globe rather than on a flat surface is becoming more feasible. 

Finding the direction to Makah is essential for Muslim around the world to perform the daily five time prayer.  The challenge to solve such a problem is a classical example of map projection on flat surface where distortion may give the wrong impression on directions. The prayer direction circles/prayer circles (PDC/PC) research did show the correct directions on projected flat surface. Still some map users doubt the results.

This paper assumes that displaying the PDC/PC on a virtual globe should eliminate any confusion on the direction to Makah.


Alethea Steingisser

Cartographer, InfoGraphics Lab, University of Oregon


Paul Fyfield

Cartographer, BLM Oregon

Ahmad Massasati

University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

Nicholas Perdue

University of Oregon
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Lauren C. Tierney

National Geographic

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

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