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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
Narrative Maps

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Five Ways to enhance your Animated, Narrative Map
Richard Treves, Southampton University
With the rise of powerful, free tools such as Google Earth Tour Builder and ESRI Story Maps there is a rising interest in creating animated narrative maps or map tours.  The author has been performing user tests on map tours and has sucessfullly set them as student assignments in a cartography course since 2011.  Based on his experiences this talk will present five best practices for designing effective map tours: effective camera paths between tour locations in terms of speed and route; how to use layers; use of screen and mouse annotations; the importance of an audio narrative and the power of switching between thematic map and reality (photos/streetview).

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Storytelling within a Geographic Context
Jon Bowen, ESRI
David Asbury, ESRI
Over the last year, web-based, map-centric applications focused on expressing geographic narratives and telling a "story" have become ubiquitous. In order to help author these stories and to create well-designed maps, we've built several easy to use templates that offer smart UI/UX elements, beautiful basemaps and intuitive authoring interfaces. These templates allow the writer to combine maps, photos, video and text to create a captivating and fun experience.

We'll talk about our experience developing these applications and describe some of the design decisions we made that enable nascent cartographers to create attractive and engaging maps. Not only will we show you a representative sample of story maps created both by our team and the wider community, we'll show how to make your own, because as cartographer like yourself, who doesn't have a story tell?

Links:

Story Maps homepage »
Our apps fit into three buckets: http://storymaps.arcgis.com/en/app-list/

You can filter the gallery to discover different examples »
Map Tours: 1 ; 2
Map Journals »
Shortlists (1, 2
Playlists: 1 ; 2
Swipe »
Spyglass: 1 ; 2 ; 3
Time: 1 ; 2

Create a free, public ArcGIS Online account

Build a Map Journal »
Build a Map Tour »
Build a swipe »
Build a spyglass »

The Cartographic Essay: Introducing students to the practice of mapping through spatial narratives
Robert Gerard Pietrusko, Harvard University
The course "Mapping: Geographic Representation and Speculation," taught at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, introduces the fundamentals of mapping to design students with a specific focus on its communicative role within the design process. Over the duration of a semester, students are asked to produce a "Cartographic Essay", a two-minute, animated film. Each project tells a story that unfolds in time using geo-spatial data and cartographic conventions as its medium. By framing the project as an essay, students treat their work as highly-authored and potentially polemical. This paper explores several pedagogical goals of project: the use of narrative as a form of geo-spatial analysis; understanding the mutual constraints  that data and spatial inquires apply to each other, and the use of time in animation to construct explanations versus merely scaling historical time. Specific examples from the students' work will be used to further elaborate these goals.

Why Are Timelines Maps?
Ren Vasiliev, SUNY College at Geneseo
Timelines, those charts/diagrams/conveyors of historical information, are sometimes called "maps of time." I have always wondered why this is so. Some of them do indeed include the kind of spatial information that maps (the kind that are defined as representations of spatial information) do. Others show historical information, but without obvious spatial coherence. I am interested in parsing the difference between these with the intent of deciding what it is that makes some of these timelines maps and others something else.

Beyond MappingCenter: Learning Mapping and GIS through Problem Solving
Aileen Buckley, Esri
MappingCenter was a web site dedicated to helping people learn how to use ArcGIS for mapping. Learn ArcGIS is a new web site that has an even bigger goal -- teaching people how to solve spatial problems and build geographic knowledge with GIS. Real-world examples are used to illustrate how to make, and more importantly how to use maps, and they demonstrate how GIS is used to conceptualize, organize, analyze, and visualize geographic information. The examples come to life when learners try it themselves in an interactive and engaging social learning environment. With the ArcGIS platform, all the maps, data, and tools are online, so anyone can learn by doing at anytime, anywhere, as long as they have Internet access.  Through interactive story-telling, hands-on applications, and real problem solving, learners build a progressive understanding of the entire GIS platform.

Moderators
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Amy Griffin

NACIS Vice President, UNSW Canberra
I am the current NACIS vice-president and a co-organizer of NACIS 2015 in Minneapolis, which also happens to be my hometown.  I live near and work in Canberra, Australia at UNSW Canberra, a major Australian research university. I'm also currently the co-Chair of the ICA Commission on Cognitive Issues in Geographic Information Visualization, and I love all things maps! 

Speakers
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Jon Bowen

Esri
a little bit of what I've been up to http://bowencartography.blogspot.com/
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Aileen Buckley

Cartographer, Esri, Inc.
Dr. Aileen Buckley is a Professional Cartographer and has been making maps for over 30 years. Her PhD is from Oregon State University, she was on the faculty at University of Oregon, and she is currently an adjunct professor at University of Redlands. Dr. Buckley has published and lectured widely on topics relating to cartography and GIS. She is an author of the "Atlas of Oregon" (2001) and the sixth and seventh editions of "Map Use" (2009 and... Read More →
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Robert Gerard Pietrusko

Harvard University
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Richard Treves

Southampton University UK
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Ren Vasiliev

SUNY College at Geneseo


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

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