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Welcome to NACIS 2016 in Colorado Springs! This is the annual meeting of the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS). See the schedule below and check out the NACIS website for more details.

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 • 4:00pm - 5:20pm
Finding Our Way

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Indoor Navigation and the Role of Maps
Georg Gartner, Technische Universität Wien, Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation
As long as people need to decide where to go and how to get there, navigation will remain one of the fundamental problems in human cognition, wayfinding and geospatial research. Over the past several decades, navigation applications have increasingly conquered the world with online mapping services, car navigation systems and ubiquitous smartphone distribution. Lately, more and more Location-Based Services and mobile applications play a crucial role in our daily life as these help positioning, wayfinding and sharing of information. Currently, outdoor car navigation implementations are quite well-advanced and mature. Indoor navigation applications on the other hand have so far proven more challenging, even though the last decade showed significant progress in for example improved indoor localization techniques, standardization of indoor models and public indoor data gathering efforts. In this contribution several concepts for indoor navigation services are discussed and some developments towards deriving indoor landmarks and appropriate cartographic models highlighted.

Deemphasising Dead-ends: Navigation in Today's Dendritic Cities
Nate Wessel, University of Toronto
Algorithmic detection of dead-ends and highly indirect streets could help cartographers reduce visual noise in transport maps, without resort to generalization techniques that simplify data or remove it entirely. In this presentation, I'll discuss algorithms for detecting dead-ends and apply them to a sample of regions, using OpenStreetMap data. I'll attempt to show how the resulting classification can be used to reduce visual noise and make maps easier for the eye to navigate. Preliminary results show that dead-ends make up between 12% and 45% of all streets and/or paths in my broad sample of regions, and can depend in varying degrees on the chosen transport mode for which the network is constructed. The proposed technique then has special relevance for mode-specific transport maps or maps for users with unique access constraints.
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Virtual Reality and Mapping: An Introduction to Matterport
Derek Tonn, mapformation, LLC
The long-rumored arrival of virtual reality, in a commercially-viable sense, seems to finally be here. And its impacts upon map creation and wayfinding could be profound. No longer forcing end users of the wayfinding resources we develop (of which map illustration is but one) to understand the world in the one way we've visually presented it to them, virtual reality solutions are marrying planimetric and oblique/pictorial illustration with panoramic photography and the ability to freely move within a place. This session will introduce attendees to one VR-compatible solution I've become intimately familiar with over the past eighteen months: Matterport (https://matterport.com/try/). I will also share examples of how our mapping firm has been utilizing the technology.

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Hans van der Maarel

Red Geographics
Maps, data, cycling, photography


Georg Gartner

Technische Universitat Wien, Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation
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Derek Tonn

Founder and CEO, mapformation, LLC
Map illustration, web design, electronic image optimization.

Nate Wessel

University of Toronto

Thursday October 20, 2016 4:00pm - 5:20pm
Heritage B

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