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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 • 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Practical Cartography Day, Late PM (add. reg.)

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Advanced CartoCSS Tricks
Alan McConchie, Kate Watkins, and Seth Fitzsimmons, Stamen Design
CartoCSS is becoming an ever more popular - and ever more powerful - tool for cartographic and data styling. In this talk, Stamen designers and technologists will present some tips and tricks to make your next design sing. Tips and tricks covered include, but will not be limited to: pixelation, use of dingbat fonts for texture and markers, post-facto label adjustment, alternate uses for text symbolization, where to find and use entropy, blending, and geometry manipulation.

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Don't Just Push That Button: Refining 3D models with manual techniques
Miles Barger, US National Park Service
We at the US National Park Service were recently asked to create a block diagram of the Grand Staircase, a major geologic feature in Southern Utah and Northern Arizona.

While today's software makes it possible to create sophisticated-looking 3D products by importing data, fiddling with a few settings, and hitting GO, these push-button solutions often lack the clarity, generalization, and selective enhancement that are the hallmarks of a successful diagram.

To create our final product, we paired the ease and efficiency of computer-generated 3D scenes with the advantages of manual methods. In this presentation, I'll explore our process, demonstrating a workflow that combines techniques in Natural Scene Designer, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator.

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Making Your First Web Map With Leaflet!
Lyzi Diamond, Code for America
Let's make a web map! This interactive session is designed for cartographers who have no programming experience and are interested in learning about creating and designing maps for the web. We will talk about the foundations of web maps and what is required to create them, and then we'll walk through making our first web maps from scratch together. We'll also touch on some of the tools you can use to customize the look and feel of your web maps and identify some examples of beautiful web cartography. Please bring a laptop if possible, but if you can't, don't let it stop you! Beginners very welcome.

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Disaster Mapping: Making and Distributing Great Maps In Extreme Circumstances
Robert Banick, American Red Cross 
Producing quality maps at scale for international disaster response operations poses challenges not faced by the average cartographer.  Responders need informative, frequently updated maps but may lack color ink or strong internet connectivity. The Red Cross meets these challenges to cartographic production across multiple organizations, time zones and languages. This requires tight workflows, strong organization and mastery of lots of different tools.

This presentation will look at the tools and workflows we use to make our maps, how we manage print-to-web transitions, and the design considerations involved in making maps that are actually useful for disaster responders. We'll look at how we manage the tension between good cartographic design and super-rapid timeframes. We'll consider what role crowdsourcing from OpenStreetMap plays in that process and how we hope to evolve that. Most of all, we'll be honest about our mistakes, limitations and the corners we (have) cut.

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Unrequested Map Tips - Part 4
John Nelson, IDV Solutions

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Rosemary Wardley

Sr. GIS Cartographer, National Geographic Maps
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Andy Woodruff

Axis Maps


Robert Banick

Asia GIS Officer, American Red Cross
Humanitarian GIS, disasters, OpenStreetMap, crowdsourcing in general, assessments, travel, bicycles, climbing, hiking, etc.

Miles Barger

Cartographer, US National Park Service
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Lyzi Diamond

2014 Fellow, Code for America

Seth Fitzsimmons

Stamen Design
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Alan McConchie

Lead Cartographer, Stamen Design, Stamen Design
Alan McConchie works at the intersection of cartography, software, and data science. He loves making cartographic visualizations that reveal new ways of seeing the world, and is passionate about creating tools that help people create their own maps and tell their own spatial stories. At Stamen, he co-founded Maptime, a series of beginner-focussed meetups for teaching about open source map-making. Alan currently sits on Maptime's board of... Read More →
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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 →

Kate Watkins

Stamen Design

Wednesday October 8, 2014 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Marquis A+B Pittsburgh Marriott City Center

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