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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 • 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Practical Cartography Day, Early PM (add. reg.)

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Bringing Historic Maps to Life
Matthew Hampton, Metro
Working with modern digital tools on historic maps can provide a richer context for understanding.  You can engage viewers, focus attention and reach new insights by re-mixing maps created a century ago.  Using a PLSS map from 1852, a 1894 survey map of the Missouri, and a bird’s eye view map from 1902, I will step though methods you can use to bring you favorite historic maps to life through animation and other practical techniques.

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Park Tiles 2.0: The National Park Service's (Updated) Basemap
Mamata Akella, US National Park Service

The first version of the National Park Service basemap, Park Tiles, was built using TileMill, an open source map design studio. Park Tiles is now built with Mapbox Studio, taking advantage of the vector tiles format. Vector tiles make it possible for us to seamlessly combine custom Park Service data with minutely-updated data from OpenStreetMap.  

Using Park Tiles as an example, I will walk through our experience building a custom basemap with Mapbox Studio. In addition, I will talk about how we have created a basemap that follows the graphic traditions of printed park maps while also supporting a wide variety of NPS-specific web mapping applications and overlays.

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Cartography at USAID for Crisis and Conflict Response
Safy Nurhussein, USAID

The mission of USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives is to support U.S. foreign policy objectives by helping local partners advance peace and democracy in priority countries in crisis. The office's Geographic Information Unit supports that mission with cartographic products, web maps and data visualizations - base maps, maps for briefings in Washington and overseas, maps for situational analysis, and more. Staff will discuss how they acquire and convert data from various sources, including OpenStreetMap.org and Ushahidi as well as data sources collected in the field in countries like Libya, Afghanistan, Mali and Honduras. These include GIS data sets from local organizations and the UN, data from community mapping sessions, and surveys of local people and aid worker staff. In addition, they will discuss their cartographic process and standards, mostly using ArcGIS, QGIS and Adobe Illustrator, plus other scripts and tools.

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The J. B. Physical Map of the World
Nat Case, INCase, LLC
This map is part of an ongoing exploration of the style of the "golden age" of map-making at John Bartholomew and Sons, around 100 yeas ago. While I've looked at maps from this era many times, actually attempting to recreate this look and feel taught me several useful things about how the limits of available technology affect our design sense, and how the path of least resistance often ends up as a guide to what we later call "good design."

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Map Projection Selection Tool
Bojan Šavrič, Bernhard Jenny, and Helen Jenny, Oregon State University
The selection criteria for map projections are a mystery to most GIS users. Map projections ought to be selected based on the map's geographic extent and the required distortion properties. This presentation will introduce the Map Projection Selection Tool, a web based tool that facilitates the selection of a projection. The user can select a map's geographic extent by adjusting the rectangular border on a web map or by entering the extent's geographic coordinate boundaries into the user interface. Based on the selected distortion property, the application returns a proposed projection, along with the projection parameters and, if applicable, a PROJ.4 library code. Leaflet open-source JavaScript library and National Geographic Basemap by Esri are used for the web map.

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Unrequested Map Tips - Part 3
John Nelson, IDV Solutions

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2:55 – 3:15

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Rosemary Wardley

Sr. GIS Cartographer, National Geographic Maps
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Andy Woodruff

Axis Maps


Mamata Akella

National Park Service
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Nat Case

Co-owner, INCase, LLC
I'm a cartographer and publication designer and I like to talk about the ontology of maps, and their design.
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Matthew Hampton

Principal cartographer, Oregon Metro
Matthew likes to go telemark skiing, spey fishing and exploring the landscape.
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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 →

Bojan Savric

PhD candidate, Oregon State University

Wednesday October 8, 2014 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Marquis A+B Pittsburgh Marriott City Center

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