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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 • 10:40am - 12:00pm
Storylines in the Map

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James Emery: Cartographer, Artist, Historian
Adele Haft, Hunter College, The City University of New York
In the early 1930s, James Emery created two maps to illustrate Kenneth Slessor’s poetry collections: Trio (1931) and Cuckooz Contrey (1932). During WWII, he made maps of the new military railways in Lebanon, where he was stationed as a draftsman; produced the relief map of Tobruk to accompany Chester Wilmot’s 1944 book on the siege of that desert port; and created watercolors of the Middle-East. Back in Sydney, he drew maps celebrating European “discoveries” of Australia. Yet almost nothing is known him today. My talk will tell the story of James Emery through his art and maps, and through the words of others.

It's a Map Map Map Map World: Cartography, Cinema, and Adventure
Victoria Johnson, USAID
From the dotted line journeys of Indiana Jones and the traveling by map shortcut of The Muppet Movie to Lex Luthor's model of New California in Superman and the treasure map at the heart of Romancing the Stone, on-screen cartography has played a memorable role in these and many other classic adventure movies. This talk will examine the way maps are represented in these films, both as plot drivers and as decorative elements, as well as the carto-centric tropes, in-jokes, and mistakes contained therein. Additional attention will be paid to the construction and design of movie maps.

Uisge Beatha: A Deep Map of Islay
Charles Rader, University of Wisconsin - River Falls
Daniel Bochman - University of Edinburgh
Uisge beatha: water of life. Deep maps draw on a long tradition of chorology in geography in order to understand place. The development of a deep map focused on the island of Islay, Scotland reinserts cartography as a central part of multilayered topographical writing and multiple-media through the creation of a deep map that explores the whisky industry of Islay.  In this presentation, we document the process by which the map was developed and includes a discussion of archival research, field work, interviews, sketches, photographs, and mapping used in its creation. The compilation of multiple layers of geo-spatial data included base map, hydrography, geomorphology, land cover, social space, and distillery locations.  The design of the final map is also discussed in the context of choices between static and dynamic cartography.

Map Poetry
Lisa Charlotte Rost, Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Fellow at the NPR Visuals Team
Maps. When I talk about maps at my job as a data journalist, I talk about visual elements representing the physical world. When I talk about maps with my philosophy friends, we talk about mental models that help us navigate the word of ideas. I love maps in both forms. Let's bring them together! Which beliefs, thoughts, narratives can we map with visual elements? And how can we tweak geographical maps to give the audience new mental models about the world?
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Patrick Kennelly

Professor, Long Island University


Adele Haft

Hunter College, The City University of New York
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Victoria Johnson

GIS Specialist / Cartographer, USAID
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Charles Rader

Professor and Chair - Geography and GISci, University of Wisconsin - River Falls
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Lisa Charlotte Rost

Lisa Charlotte Rost is a designer who loves numbers, systems, and overviews. She wants to help the world to make sense of itself—to destroy false belief systems and to help people ask the most important questions—by using data visualization and data journalism. Lisa has worked for newsrooms like Bloomberg Businessweek, SPIEGEL, and ZEIT Online. She has taught data visualization at several German universities and organizes the Data Vis... Read More →

Friday October 21, 2016 10:40am - 12:00pm
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