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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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Friday, October 21 • 9:00am - 10:10am
The Professional Cartographer

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Adventures in Self-Publishing: A Personal, Do-It-Yourself History of Cartography
Mark Monmonier, Syracuse University
While finishing up Volume Six of the History of Cartography, I wrote and self-published a personal history titled Adventures in Academic Cartography: A Memoir. This presentation describes the project with the aim of encouraging others to share their own experiences in book form. Topics covered include organizing the book's content into ten largely thematic chapters; using the family financial diary instead of budgeting, we slavishly record every expense to verify activities and dates; hiring an experienced copy editor to provide the much-needed second set of eyes; adding a picture gallery; coping with Microsoft Word's limitations for page layout, including its propensity to down-sample images; designing and creating my own cover; publishing with Amazon using my own imprint, Bar Scale Press; preparing files for uploading to CreateSpace, Amazon's print-on-demand subsidiary; pricing affordable print and Kindle editions; orchestrating a low-energy promotion that actually got some decent book reviews; and making minor revisions.
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Yet Another Typographic Map
Hans van der Maarel, Red Geographics
Inspired by the amazing work produced by other NACIS members I decided to produce and self-publish and market a typographic map. This was a big step away from my comfort zone and a great learning experience, this talks highlights that process. Starting off with selecting the area of interest, deciding on the typefaces to use and producing the map to the process of selecting a printer, determining pricing and setting up a website with webshop.
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Global Geodata Sources: Topographic Mapping and Satellite Imagery
Geoffrey Forbes, LAND INFO Worldwide Mapping
Nick Hubing, LAND INFO Worldwide Mapping

Geoff Forbes will provide an update on recent changes in availability of large-scale mapping of countries around the world, including newly available datasets and recently updated coverages. Instances of the halting of distribution of certain map series, and the introduction and expansion of others. Changes in methods of circulation and data format, such as digital-only and print-on-demand (POD), born-digital and vector-only will be discussed. How these issues affect pricing and licensing will also be covered. Also the proliferation of online collections in recent years will be explored. Finally, the exploitation of commercial value-added services of data sourcing and GIS processing by map collections will be covered. Nick Hubing will provide a historical overview of satellite imagery and review new developments including launches, decommissioned satellites, SmallSats, sensors based on ISS (International Space Station), off-the-shelf image datasets and cloud-access to imagery. Extraction of map data layers from imagery will also be addressed.

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Alex Tait

My cartographic focus is: 3d Terrain, International Boundaries, and Map Design

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Geoffrey Forbes

Director of Mapping, LAND INFO Worldwide Mapping
I've been in the map business for 15 years but have loved maps for as long as I can remember. I've traveled to 30 countries and have lived in 3; and speak Russian and German. I served in Military Intelligence during the Cold War. I hold a BA in Russian and an MS in Technology with a concentration in international management. I enjoy brokering win-win deals with buyers and sellers of unique map data. I have two sons that are in Cub Scouts and... Read More →
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Hans van der Maarel

Red Geographics
Maps, data, cycling, photography
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Mark Monmonier

Distinguished Prof of Geography, Syracuse University
Most recently I edited Cartography in the Twentieth Century, just published as Volume Six of the History of Cartography--one million words, 2,000 pages, 529 entries, 1153 illustrations, 17 pounds, two decades in the making. I teach courses in map design, environmental hazards, and research design for graduate students. A colleague and I are developing a lower-division course on geospatial technology. I enjoy writing about the history of mapping... Read More →

Dean Olsen


Friday October 21, 2016 9:00am - 10:10am
Heritage A

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