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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 • 10:15am - 12:00pm
Practical Cartography Day, Late AM (add. reg.)

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Make a Map in 15 Minutes!
Leo Dillon and Iain Crawford, US Department of State
Try to keep up with Iain and Leo as they build a reference map from scratch for a demanding client--you--in 15 minutes! This demonstration will take you through the workflow these State Department cartographers use to (very) quickly create a professional-looking map using Natural Earth data, ArcGIS, and Adobe Illustrator.

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Automatic map production with FME and Mapnik
Hans van der Maarel, Red Geographics
FME is an application for processing (geographic) data. Recently it introduced the MapnikRasterizer transformer, which uses Mapnik to render high quality rasters. This combination makes it a lot easier to use FME for automatic map production.

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Shaded Relief in Blender
Daniel Huffman, somethingaboutmaps
Blender, a free 3D modeling program, can be used to produce excellent-­looking shaded relief images, which I find frequently to be superior than those generated by the standard GIS analytical hillshade algorithm. Blender's complex understanding of light and shadow allows it to produce results which are more realistic, and therefore more intelligible to readers.

I will give an overview of shaded relief in Blender, and show off some results. There will not be time for a full explanation of how to use the software. However, I have created a 72-minute video tutorial for anyone who is interested in trying it out on their own: bit.ly/1mpEvTM. I hope that my colleagues will consider taking up Blender, and I look forward to seeing what they can get it to do.

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Designing a global basemap
Nicki Dlugash, Mapbox
Vector tile technology allows cartographers to more easily apply intricate styles to global data, creating efficient interactive base maps of the whole world. This presentation will walk through the process of designing such maps using the Mapbox Streets vector tile source, a data source largely based on continuously-updating OpenStreetMap data. I'll highlight some of the design challenges of ensuring the entire world is styled optimally at all zoom levels, including considerations for worldwide language support, varying data densities, and varying combinations of map features. I'll also demonstrate a few ideas for reviewing global styles, including cataloging typical and edge cases for specific map features (or feature interactions). While this presentation will specifically feature Mapbox Studio and the Mapbox GL platform as the primary tools, it will resonate with anyone who takes on the challenge of designing a global basemap.

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Introducing ArcGIS Pro
Craig Williams, Esri
The next release of ArcGIS for Desktop will include ArcGIS Pro. This will be a new desktop application for 2D/3D mapping, editing, and spatial analysis. This presentation will introduce what's coming in this application with a focus on mapping and visualization capabilities including symbolization, labeling, and graphic export. The capabilities of the new display engine will also be highlighted with a demonstration for practical cartographic use cases.

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Unrequested Map Tips - Part 2
John Nelson, IDV Solutions

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Rosemary Wardley

Sr. GIS Cartographer, National Geographic Maps
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Andy Woodruff

Axis Maps


Iain Crawford

U.S. Department of State

Leo Dillon

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

Designer/cartographer, Mapbox
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Daniel Huffman

I'm a freelance cartographer, map critic, and all-around nice fellow.
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Hans van der Maarel

Red Geographics
Maps, data, cycling, photography
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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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Craig Williams

Product Engineer, Esri
Product engineering team lead for mapping on ArcGIS Desktop and Server products. My focus areas include: text placement, visualization, map symbolization and 3D cartography, UX/UI

Wednesday October 8, 2014 10:15am - 12:00pm
Marquis A+B Pittsburgh Marriott City Center

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