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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 20 • 9:00am - 10:10am
Conservation and Sustainability

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Mapping the Monolithic Statue Quarries of Easter Island (Rapa Nui)
Alice Hom, Easter Island Statue Project (EISP)
Jo Anne Van Tilburg, Easter Island Statue Project (EISP)
Cristián Arévalo Pakarati, Easter Island Statue Project (EISP)
Matthew Bates, Easter Island Statue Project (EISP)
Eastern Polynesian figurative carving traditions developed on Rapa Nui into a distinctive body of monolithic stone sculpture (moai). About half of all moai remain embedded in the bedrock of a centralized quarry established within a unique volcanic feature named Rano Raraku. This presentation describes the production of an illustrated archaeological atlas of Rano Raraku moai based upon extensive archaeological field survey, statue excavation, photogrammetry, illustrative cartography, and cross-references to archival documentation. Relationships between the quarry and ceremonial sites across the island are visually presented through spatial analysis. We examine chronologies which reveal the consequences human use in Rano Raraku, and the challenges of organizing data for reinterpreting the past while planning for the future of moai conservation and further research.

Saving Tigers - One Map at a Time!
Kevin McManigal, University of Montana
A unique partnership between the University of Montana Department of Geography and the Panthera large cat conservation organization has been producing high resolution topographic maps of the Parsa Wildlife Reserve in Nepal and the Manas National Park in India. Twelve student cartographers have worked for the last 2 years to create over 24 topographic maps that cover both parks. They are being utilized in the field by anti-poaching patrols as part of the Tigers Forever program. The maps have the potential to literally change the family trees of the park's tigers. This presentation will delve into the entire workflow from data creation and digitizing in GIS, to styling of the maps in Illustrator, and training the park rangers in the jungle with the finished maps. The talk will conclude with a discussion of the challenges and successes while mentoring aspiring cartography students through a project of this scope and size.

Maps for sustainable tourism for Pennsylvania's craft beer and wine industries

Alison Feeney, Shippensburg University
Map can greatly influence a person's perception of an area and they should be a logical tool for planning a trip. While tourism maps can be a blatant form of advertising they assist in generating knowledge and an impression of the destination. Sustainable tourism is experiencing remarkable growth, particularly with the movement of the local traveler, triggered by people's desires to eat and drink. Promoting local breweries and wineries helps to create a direct link to the community. Recently, the number of craft breweries and wineries in Pennsylvania has exploded, contributing greatly to the state's economy. This paper will use content analysis to examine maps generated for Pennsylvania's craft beer and wine tourism industries in both paper and digital form. The goal is to identify common themes and marketing techniques that can be applied to generate a sustainable map for the Colchagua wine region of Chile.

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Matt Dooley

Professor, University of Wisconsin-River Falls


Alison Feeney

Shippensburg University
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Alice Hom

Designer, Project Manager, Easter Island Statue Project (EISP)
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Kevin McManigal

Lecturer in GIS and Cartography, University of Montana
Kevin McManigal has intimate knowledge of the modern GIS and cartographic workflow. As a lecturer with the University of Montana, he teaches cartography as an art form, utilizing GIS and graphics software to produce maps that inform and inspire. His research spans many disciplines... Read More →

Thursday October 20, 2016 9:00am - 10:10am MDT
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