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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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Thursday, October 9 • 8:30am - 10:00am
Mapping History

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How the Dutch created The Netherlands: A history lesson in maps
Hans van der Maarel, Red Geographics
Seeing a modern Dutch coastline on a map that's supposed to portray something set in the past is something that annoys me immensely. In this talk I will highlight some of the big, man-made, changes in Dutch geography.

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The Land Patents of Western Maryland: Keys to the Settlement Process
Paul D McDermott, Montgomery College
Phil Mobley, Federal Government (ret.)
Maryland had one of the most complex land settlement patterns of the original colonies. It was unique in that all patents were identified by name. For example, Sarahs Delight. Mapping each individual patent yields a different shape. Some were simple others very complex. By intergrating patent information with a alpha numeric location, one is able to reconstruct and mapsettlement patterns from decade to decade. Another variation is the ability to create line graph showing the settlement land acquisition from 1730-1830. To do all of this 2450 land patents were placed into a large data base consisting of 10,000 entrees.

Master Title Plats in ArcGIS: Mapping Federal Rights, Title and Interest Throughout History
Frank Lahm III, USDI Bureau of Land Management, Oregon State Office
For more than 229 years, the federal government has been mapping, surveying, disposing and acquiring lands.   Tracing its history back to the original General Land Office in Oregon City, OR, the Land Records Team for the Bureau of Land Management in Oregon State Office is charged with maintaining the Master Title Plat (MTP), Historical Index (HI), and official copies of the original land tenure documents for Oregon and Washington.    These records have found new life in a project converting the MTP to an ArcGIS format.   Along the way, we are tackling the difficult issues of mapping actions that can date back to the time of the Oregon Compromise of 1846. 

This presentation will discuss the development of the land record system and issues dealing with historical map standards using modern technology while improving quality and accuracy.   It will also cover how the team has dealt with mapping historical actions throughout Oregon history.

A New Series of Maps of the Oregon Country
Morgan Hite, Hesperus Arts
In 1846 the United States and Great Britain concluded a treaty to divide the last chunk of North America that was not already owned by a European power or the U.S.A.: the Oregon Country. But what was the Oregon Country? In this talk I'll present a series of nine new maps charting the history of what came to be known as the Oregon Country: how its extent came to be defined, popular conceptions and misconceptions of its boundaries (including the origin of the infamous 54°40' line), and the distribution of fur trade operations there. Designed for students and the general public, the maps begin with the first European exploration in 1792 and end with the settlement of the final border dispute between the US and Britain in 1872. I'll also discuss the techniques whereby these maps were produced using free software (QGIS and Inkscape) and free data.


Fritz Kessler

Frostburg State University


Morgan Hite

Freelance Cartographer, Hesperus Arts
Historical mapping, shaded relief, QGIS, Inkscape, Byzantine history, central Asia, Eastern Europe, northern BC...?

Frank Lahm III

USDI Bureau of Land Management, Oregon State Office
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Hans van der Maarel

Red Geographics
Maps, data, cycling, photography

Paul McDermott

Montgomery College

Thursday October 9, 2014 8:30am - 10:00am
Marquis C Pittsburgh Marriott City Center

Attendees (15)