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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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Workshop [clear filter]
Saturday, October 22

9:00am MDT

GIS Basics for Cartographic Design and Production
Cartography is often cited as the perfect fusion of art and science. The quality of a map is only as good as the data that was used to create it and as understandable as the visual characteristics that are applied to this data. In this workshop we will use Global Mapper to introduce some of the basic principles of GIS data management and processing and follow the workflow from data acquisition or creation to cartographic rendering.  Along the way we will demonstrate elements of both vector and raster data processing including data editing and cropping, imagery manipulation, thematic rendering, labeling, and ultimately map layout and publication. We will also explore the integration of readily available 3D data for contour generation as well as topographic or bathymetric visualization. Finally we will incorporate the various elements and datasets into a what-you-see-is-what-you-get layout framework in preparation for web, print, or geospatial PDF publication.


Saturday October 22, 2016 9:00am - 12:00pm MDT

9:00am MDT

Mapping for Change with OSM
Learn to map data on OpenStreetMap - or help contribute if you already know how!

We will teach, provide tracing guides, and talk about how the data created using OSM helps humanitarian organizations and local communities make informed decisions about aid decisions around the globe. Given the former, we are choosing specific places that need data so we can help people out as much as possible.

So, whether a newbie or an expert, come have fun with us!

Please bring your laptop - and a mouse if you happen to have one (it's okay if you don't).

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Vanessa Knoppke-Wetzel

Cartographer and Graphic Designer, Mapbox
Organizer for Practical Cartography Day at NACIS 2017! I'm a detail oriented designer, cartographer, geographer, and hacker that is passionate about creating visual stories - usually through maps . I also love... running, wolves, and Wisconsin.
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Dylan Moriarty

Cartographer & Designer

Saturday October 22, 2016 9:00am - 12:00pm MDT
Learning Center

9:00am MDT

Mapping in the Cloud with GeoJSON and TopoJSON
GeoJSON and TopoJSON have both emerged as major file formats for JavaScript-based mapping. The popular programming language was introduced in 1995 to make web pages more interactive and did not originally facilitate the reading of files. JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) developed over the past decade as a fast method of data input. GeoJSON is a particular variation of JSON for geographic data. TopoJSON, or Topological JSON, encodes polygons as arcs and significantly reduces file sizes. The workshop examines how these files can be manipulated and displayed using popular Application Programmer Interfaces (APIs). Examples expand upon the existing code for the Mapping in the Cloud book. All participants will create their own webhosting account and upload files from the book's web page.

Please bring your own Windows or Macintosh laptop with Firefox or Chrome browser to participate in this workshop.


Rex Cammack

Associate Professor, University of Nebraska Omaha
Geography Professor interested in Map Design/communication and Context based location based services.

Paul Hunt

GIS Lab Coordinator, University of Nebraska - Omaha

Michael Peterson

University of Nebraska - Omaha

Saturday October 22, 2016 9:00am - 12:00pm MDT
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