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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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Tuesday, October 18

7:00pm MDT

Tuesday Night Meetup
Just arrived in Colorado Springs? Instead of hanging out by yourself at the hotel, wondering what all the other attendees are doing, connect at our Tuesday Night Meetup! It's a chance to say hello to old friends and make some new ones before the conference begins in earnest.

Join host Dylan Moriarty in the lobby of the Antlers hotel at 6pm, and then head across the street to the Phantom Canyon Brewing Co. (phantomcanyon.com) for dinner and conversation to start off your NACIS experience!

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Dylan Moriarty

Cartographer & Designer

Tuesday October 18, 2016 7:00pm - 11:30pm MDT
Phantom Canyon Brewing Co. 2 East Pikes Peak Ave. Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Wednesday, October 19

5:15pm MDT

NACIS Fun Run & Walk

Join us for the Third Annual NACIS Fun Run and Walk! This year will be a little different than the previous two: rather than tour downtown, we will hit the dirt of the beautiful, wild Rocky Mountain foothills and get a view of our host city from aboveWe'll shuttle up to Red Rock Canyon Open Space, which features old quarry ponds, impressive vertical fins of sandstone rock, and views galore. Bring your off-road shoes. Please meet promptly at 5:15pm in the Antlers Hotel lobby, and plan to be away until at least 6:30pm. If we have enough vehicles in the group, we will carpool; otherwise we will take a city bus. Runners, walkers, and amblers welcome.

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Carl Sack

Master's Student, UW-Madison
Carl Sack is a Ph.D. student in Cartography and GIS at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests include the nature and empowerment potential of crowdsourced web maps, adapting Cartographic curriculum to changing technologies, and the ways in which maps encode various... Read More →

Wednesday October 19, 2016 5:15pm - 6:45pm MDT
East Prefunction

8:00pm MDT

Map Gallery Opening and Welcome Reception

The 2016 NACIS Map Gallery features a stunning array of printed maps and posters, tangible pieces, and a very special exhibit on the CIA Cartography Center’s 75th Anniversary. Sprinkled throughout the gallery you will find the occasional poster with a QR code on it – this indicates a digital map, and you should read the code to see the fascinating online components to these posters. Also be sure to keep your eyes open for the bright lettered flags indicating an entry into our annual Student Map and Poster Competition – don’t forget to vote!!

Main Gallery
Welcome to Sussex!
Martha Bostwick, mlbostwick custom map design

Narrowboat on the Llangollen Canal
Douglas Cain, City of Fort Collins

River mile 151: Ohio, Washington County, Leith Run Recreation Area
Laurel Cornell, Indiana University

Environs of Franconia College
Mark Denil

Franconia College -color
Mark Denil

Franconia College -greyscale
Mark Denil

Mississippi River
Matt Dooley, University of Wisconsin - River Falls
David Bergs, Matthew Bergs, Jason Blatz, Cynthia Brewer, Jeff Ferzoco, Donna Genzmer, Kyle Glowa, Sarah Harling, Chris Henrick, Diana Hoover, Brett Kallusky, Alison Link, Nick Martinelli, Ashley Nepp, Chelsea Nestel, Charlie Rader, Tim Stallmann, Diego Valadares, Steve Wolf, and Patrick Wood 

Satellite Imagery Solutiond and Digital Map Data
Geoffery Forbes, LAND INFO Worldwide Mapping LLC

Mapping the National Landscape Conservation System
Paul Fyfield and Mattye Walsworth, Bureau of Land Management

UConn Huskies Women's Basketball: Four Consecutive National Championships, 2013-16
David Glassett, Peaceful Valley Maps

New Zealand Reference Map
Kyle Glowa, UW River Falls

Mt Shasta Wilderness
Tom Harrison, Tom Harrison Maps

Steven R Holloway, toMake™ Press

The Way Across Rock and Ice
Steven R Holloway, toMake™ Press

The State of Metropotamia
Daniel P. Huffman, somethingaboutmaps

Conservation Lands Network
Maegan Leslie Torres and the Bay Area Open Space Council, Amanda Recinos, GreenInfo Network

Rutas.MapaNica.Net / Managua Bus Map
Michael Luethi, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Felix Delattre, Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica
Jaakko Helleranta, Tekniska högskolan, Finland
We had over 150 students from different Universities in Managua, Nicaragua. Most students were from UCA (www.uca.edu.ni) and UNAN (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Nicaragua).

Liquefaction Susceptibility for M9.0 Cascadia Earthquake
Erica McCormick, Cascade GIS & Consulting

Tigers Forever Topographic Map
Kevin McManigal, University of Montana
 Amy Lippus, Garin Wally, Patrick Warner, Bryan Tutt, Aaron Kamoske, Verena Henners, Abby Isaac, Hannah Rosenkrans, Dan Quinn, James Fivecoats, Corbin Brooks, Craig Threlkeld

Major Subbasins of the Lake Champlain Basin
Ryan Mitchell, Lake Champlain Basin Program

What's Being Built in Centennial, CO
Kyoko Oyama, City of Centennial

USFS International Institute of Tropical Forestry
Maya Quinones, US Forest Service

Uisge Beatha: A Deep Map of Islay Whisky
Charles Rader, University of Wisconsin - River Falls
Daniel Bochman, University of Edinburgh 

Humboldt Bay
Amy Rock, Humboldt State University

Los Angeles Typographic Map
Josh Ryan, Axis Maps

Map of China - With Place Names Translated to English
Beverly Schwab

Springwater Parks and Community, Greenspaces and Natural Areas of Eastern Multnomah County, Oregon
Courtney Shannon, Jim Labbe, Springwater Parks & Community

Tim Sinnott, Audubon Magazine

 Ana Sordomez 

MapsXL Inc.

Worlds Best World Map
MapsXL Inc.

Parallel Views of EcoRegion Distinction
Stella Todd, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Spratly Islands in the South China Sea
Stephanie Vargas and Leo Dillon, U.S. Department of State


Ventura Bikeways Map 

River Atlas
Travis White, University of Kansas

Student Map and Poster Competition
Potential Impacts of Stream Rehabilitation on the lower Long Tom River, Oregon
Christina Appleby, University of Oregon 

Brazil: Regions and States
Cristina Bauss, Humboldt State University 

Fences, Trolleys, and Trails: Access to Justice and the Contemporary Community Leadership Role within Local Scale Border Negotiations around Inclusion / Exclusion
Robin Carter, Alvernia University 

The Crossroads: Ethnic Conflict & Soya Production in Kyrgyzstan
Chelsea Cervantes De Blois, University of Minnesota - Twin-Cities 

Volcanic hazard mapping: What do users want to see?
Danielle Charlton, Christopher Kilburn and Steven Edwards, University College London 

Political Vulnerability in California
Laura Daly, University of California - Davis 

Rochester, MN
Tyler Galde, University of Wisconsin - River Falls 

Natural Terrain Map of Denali National Park 
Owen Haugen, University of Wisconsin - River Falls 

Collectively Mapping Syria's Borders
Meghan Kelly, University of Wisconsin - Madison 

Exploring Terrain: A hypothetical bike tour
Meghan Kelly, University of Wisconsin - Madison 

Nick Lally, University of Wisconsin - Madison 

Mt. Kilimanjaro
Josh Leonard, University of Wisconsin - River Falls 

Chasing Borealis
Rudy Omri, University of Oregon 

Puget Sound
Rudy Omri and Dylan Molnar, University of Oregon

Aldo Leopold Wilderness
Joben Penuliar, Humboldt State University  

Pinpointing vulnerabilities in the Arctic Ocean
Gabriel Rousseau and Kyle Lempinen, Portland State University

Open Skies Outdoor Classroom Site Design
Tippy Scott, Centre of Geographic Sciences 

Restoring Fish Habitat in the Sandy River Basin
Christina Shintani, University of Oregon 

Jim Thorpe Trail Map
Patrick Stephens, Penn State 

Tropical Pox
Soren Walljasper, University of Wisconsin - Madison 

Nate Wessel, University of Toronto 

Drainages of the San Francisco Bay, California
Aidan Williams, Humboldt State University 

Gold Country, California
Patrick Wood, Humboldt State University 

Tibet and the Himalaya
Patrick Wood, Humboldt State University

Special Exhibit
NACIS 2016 is the CIA Cartography Center’s 75th AnniversaryCIA’s present-day Cartography Center was initially conceived as a unit within the Office of the Coordinator of Information (COI), and would be temporarily housed in four other organizations before settling permanently at the Central Intelligence Agency in 1947. One of those COI recruited was a geographer by the name of Arthur Robinson, who started on October 16th 1941 and shortly thereafter produced COI’s first map for President Roosevelt. At that time there were no cartographers as we know them today, so Robinson engaged geographers with interest in mapping and the group developed their techniques on the job. They worked to develop a system of cartography which could operate in the field of intelligence and that was unique to previously utilized systems of map production. Robinson’s efforts laid a solid foundation for map production and quality that is still espoused at CIA today and established thematic cartography as a recognized discipline.
Come view samples of our maps from 1941 to present, to gain a better appreciation of their transition in technology, style, and portrayal of intelligence stories.

Exhibit Summary
Exhibit Images


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Martha Bostwick

Centre of Geographic Sciences, NSCC

Wednesday October 19, 2016 8:00pm - 9:30pm MDT
Summit Ballroom
Thursday, October 20

6:00pm MDT

NACIS Night Out at Jack Quinn's Irish Pub
Thursday October 20, 2016 6:00pm - 9:00pm MDT
Jack Quinn's Irish Pub 21 S Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Friday, October 21

5:30pm MDT

NACIS Banquet Reception (Hosted Bar!)
Join everyone at Antler's Grille for a hosted reception (that's right, drinks are paid for!) prior to the start of the NACIS Banquet.

Friday October 21, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm MDT
Antler's Grille

9:00pm MDT

Geodweeb Geopardy
Join in on a NACIS tradition, as our own Dennis McClendon channels Art Fleming to host a very mappy version of Jeopardy! Sign up at the registration desk if you'd like to join a team - winners take home great carto-prizes. Otherwise, join the audience to cheer on (and heckle) the players.

Friday October 21, 2016 9:00pm - 10:30pm MDT
Summit Ballroom