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Tuesday, October 12

6:00pm CDT

NACIS Board Meeting I
Tuesday October 12, 2021 6:00pm - 8:00pm CDT
Continental Room 14th Floor

7:00pm CDT

Tuesday Night Meetup
Just arrived in Oklahoma City? Instead of hanging out by yourself at the hotel, connect at our Tuesday Night Meetup! David Lambert and Matthew Baker will be gathering with NACIS people at The Blok located at 30 NE 2nd St, Oklahoma City, OK 73104, a bar with a large outdoor patio five minutes walking from the Skirvin Hotel. Come join your colleagues for a casual evening at this woman owned, LGBTQ+ friendly venue!

Tuesday October 12, 2021 7:00pm - 9:00pm CDT
The Blok 30 NE 2nd St, Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Wednesday, October 13

8:00am CDT

8:00am CDT

9:00am CDT

Practical Cartography Day - Morning Session I
How to edit your own maps
Lauren Tierney, The Washington Post
With any map project, we all eventually reach the moment when you drop your map-making tools and call it quits. But what happens when you take a much-needed break from the map, examine it with fresh eyes, and approach it from an editor's point of view? This presentation will focus on simple ways to enhance the visual hierarchy, legibility, and focus of your maps. Whether your cartographic project is on a short deadline or a long-term project, we will explore ways to fine-tune your map based on the time you have.

Map-Making on YouTube? Cautionary tales, Context, and Encouragement
John Nelson, Esri
For many, YouTube is the de-facto reference manual for any process. But what about for map making? Sure! I’ve been sharing map making techniques for a couple years now and have garnered literally dozens of views. Am I in a position to offer some context and…maybe…advice for those considering it, or will you be robbed of yet another 10 minutes of life? Only you can judge.

Approaching a large dataset in an artistic way
Christina Shintani, National Geographic, Heather Gabriel Smith, Esri
When approaching a large dataset, how do you communicate the important takeaways while drawing people into a piece of art? We will discuss our decision-making and map-making process in creating the atlas “Setting Rivers Free” for National Geographic in the March 2021 issue. From data selection and research to illustration and layout, we will walk through how we balanced a rich dataset with art.

Mapping in an Oblique Perspective
Rosemary Wardley, National Geographic Maps
I will present a quick lightening talk about one or two maps I have recently made for National Geographic using planimetric oblique relief. This will just be a simple walk through of the map, design decisions we made when creating it and some tips and tricks the audience can take away or employ in their own projects going forward.

Designing (Mapbox) maps with accessibility in mind
Kelsey Taylor, William Davis, Mapbox
As web accessibility standards adapt to new tools, technologies, and requirements, web cartography is evolving in parallel. Using a suite of Mapbox tools, our teams have attempted to address a variety of issues during several “hack weeks” that include: color blindness, legibility, usability, etc. This presentation will take you through our process of inception, design, iteration, and development in building these tools for internal and external users.

Indigenous Land Base in Saskatchewan
Alex McPhee, Independent
The legitimacy of the Canadian state rests on a series of treaties between its First Peoples and the British Crown. In the 1900s, reserve lands were sliced up and terminated by an expansionist Minister of the Interior. In the 1990s, Saskatchewan First Nations successfully sued for the right to buy that missing acreage back on the open market. As a reference map creator with an eye for historical detail, I'll discuss how I depict and label the complex boundary changes from both of these eras.

Representing the Coastal Environment
Margot Dale Carpenter, Hartdale Maps
Coastal zones are extraordinary because just one step away from terra firma are dolphins, sharks, vast seabeds, and one of the most dynamic, energy-impacted zones on earth. But it is often challenging to represent these zones because information or time is limited, or it simply diffuses the focus of the map too much. Using my Surfing Saco Bay map, a recent map of Maine’s Fox Islands, and some simpler, data-limited maps, I will review a few cartographic techniques that help draw a connection between the coastal environment and the land it is adjacent to.

This session is co-host by Kati Perry & Wenfei Xu
Slack channel: #nacis2021-pcd-morning1

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Lauren Tierney

Graphics Reporter, The Washington Post

Christina Shintani

National Geographic
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Rosemary Wardley

Cartographer/ Graphics Editor, National Geographic
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Kelsey Taylor

Senior Map Designer, Mapbox

Wednesday October 13, 2021 9:00am - 10:25am CDT
Grand Ballroom ABC, 2nd floor

10:25am CDT

Morning Break
Wednesday October 13, 2021 10:25am - 10:45am CDT
Grand Ballroom Foyer, 2nd floor

10:45am CDT

Practical Cartography Day - Morning Session II
Topi Tjukanov,
I started #30DayMapChallenge a few years ago and expected just a few people to join. Now it has grown to a global phenomenon which celebrates they joy of mapping and sharing knowledge. In my talk I will explain the idea behind it and how it has grown to what it is now.

Quarantine escapism: how the #30daymapchallenge got me through the UK’s second lockdown
Helen McKenzie,
Taylor Swift, dinosaurs and chicken shops; none of these were things Helen McKenzie (Atkins) had mapped before the 30-day map challenge. In this talk she shares how the challenge provided the perfect antidote to a miserable lockdown, whilst helping her level-up her cartography skills.

The GISt of It: Discoveries from a Daily Social Mapping Challenge
Kate Berg,
This presentation will walk through some of the practical (and not so practical) takeaways I had from participating in the 2020 #30DayMapChallenge. Join me as I share my cartographic creations and the approaches, difficulties, and skills that went into developing them. In addition to my mapping workflows, and perhaps more valuable, I will share what I discovered by engaging with the spatial community throughout the event. Expect some ArcGIS Pro tips and tricks, some controversy, and, of course, some mappy memes.

#30DayMapChallenge: A daily cartographic and data wrangling experience
Christopher Pollard,
I joined this month-long challenge in November of 2019 (and again in 2020) with two objectives in mind: push myself outside of my usual work habits, and experiment with visualizing geospatial data in a different tone - quick, lively, colorful maps that would expand my creative palette. As my daughter so poignantly stated, “Dad is making art with his maps again.” I'll talk about why I joined the challenge, the importance of planning out your theme ideas and data wrangling early on, finding inspiration from real life experiences (or places you might want to explore). As well as learning new cartographic and data viz techniques and software platforms.

#30DayMapChallenge. Tips and Tricks for Making Maps Fast.
Carl Churchill, Woodwell Climate Research Center
The #30MapChallenge is more than a fun way to explore different subjects with cartography, it is also what's in the name. A challenge. Making a new map every day on a different subject is hard, especially when you do not have all 24 of that days hours to spend on it. I will share some tips and tricks on how I finished a map every single day. How to make snap design decisions, and follow up on them. How to navigate between software quickly, and organize work so you can do lightning fast edits right on the deadline. I will also talk about lessons learned, and how they can apply to making maps in general.

This session is co-host by Kati Perry & Wenfei Xu
Slack channel: #nacis2021-pcd-morning2

Wednesday October 13, 2021 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
Grand Ballroom ABC, 2nd floor

12:00pm CDT

1:30pm CDT

Practical Cartography Day - Afternoon Session I
A quick and dirty guide to animating maps
Leanne Abraham, Planet
Because sometimes making a static map is not enough. This talk will briefly touch on a variety of techniques I have picked up over the years for creating videos and gifs of visualizations to be used in everything from tweets to 4k video. Using primarily the Adobe Creative Cloud, I will explore workflows for transferring visualizations between programs, animating, annotating, basic scripting, and screen recording.

Transforming a Traditional Recreation Map into an Antique Style Map
Sarah Bell, Esri
Cartographers can make design decisions on the fly because of training and experience. To stretch and test this design muscle, I enjoy exploring different mapping styles and applying them to identical map extents. I am going to demonstrate the design steps that I took to transform a traditional recreation map into an antique-looking one, by focusing on America's newest National Park, The New River Gorge.

Political winds are swirling
Tim Meko, Washington Post
Hacks on hacks! An exploration of the way we used canvas and other hacks to bring this project to life.

Complicating polygon simplification
Andy Woodruff, Axis Maps
"Simplify" is a Hall of Fame software command for cartographers who have wacky polygons to tame. But what if the usual algorithms produce something too pointy, or too blobby? Don't have time to touch up all your polygons by hand? Here's a quick tour of several multi-step, slightly more complicated—but still mostly convenient and automated—alternative approaches to the standard polygon simplification commands in QGIS and Illustrator.

Hacks For Attractive And Fast Web-based Maps: Peaking Inside NPR’s Workflow
Daniel Wood, Zach Levitt, NPR
At NPR.org, we make maps for the web that need to look crisp across mobile and desktop, with lots of annotation, while being easily edited by non-technical team members. And we do it without paying for almost any software (except Illustrator ¯\_(ツ)_/¯). In this talk we’ll show off the scripts, hacks and duct tape that hold together some of NPR’s favorite maps from the last couple years. We hope to contribute a few new tips and tricks to the ever-growing PCD toolbelt of happy mappy hacks and strats.

Using OpenRefine to Gather Spatial Data from Wikipedia
Roane Mullins, Joanna Merson, InfoGraphics Lab, University of Oregon
OpenRefine (previously Google Refine) is a program that can be used to wrangle messy data and make associations using existing databases. One interesting database to explore for spatial data is Wikidata, the database behind Wikipedia. This presentation gives a brief demonstration of how we used this workflow, as part of the UO IGL exploration of Priestley’s historical timeline data, to associate a large number of historical figures in Wikipedia with mappable geographic locations. In addition, we’ll discuss some pros and cons of this workflow.

This session is co-host by Kati Perry & Wenfei Xu
Slack channel: #nacis2021-pcd-afternoon1

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Sarah Bell

Cartographer. Data Visualization. Lead Product Engineer, Esri
Cartography, data visualization, typefaces, rock climbing.

Tim Meko

Washington Post
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Andy Woodruff

Axis Maps

Roane Mullins

InfoGraphics Lab, University of Oregon

Wednesday October 13, 2021 1:30pm - 3:10pm CDT
Grand Ballroom ABC, 2nd floor

3:10pm CDT

Afternoon Break
Wednesday October 13, 2021 3:10pm - 3:30pm CDT
Grand Ballroom Foyer, 2nd floor

3:30pm CDT

Practical Cartography Day - Afternoon Session II
On Edges
Daniel Huffman, somethingaboutmaps
Many of us use glows, text halos, drop shadows, blurring, and other little visual tricks to help improve our maps. I have recently come to think of these techniques in terms of an overarching concept: the enhancement or reduction of visual edges. We can use them to strengthen edges we want to draw attention to, or weaken those that we want to fade into the background.

Cartography in Adobe CC - MAPublisher and Geographic Imager Advancements
Nick Burchell, Spencer Elford, Avenza Systems Inc.
This presentation will provide an overview of advancements in MAPublisher and Geographic Imager since NACIS 2020. Topics will include advancements to our coordinate system library, great new import formats, and numerous workflow enhancements to both applications. We'll also provide an update on new features coming soon.

Neighborhoods & nuance: Zooming in to local data in national maps
Jennifer Mapes, Kent State University
Using the example of U.S. election data from 2020, I'll show how national maps erase neighborhoods and nuance at the local scale, give examples of how this can be avoided in cartographic practice, and discuss some of the challenges in overcoming these biases.

Big Map on Campus
Molly O'Halloran, Molly O'Halloran, Inc.
Working from engineering plans and drone photography, I created a watercolor map of a New England high school campus for display at its outdoor campus kiosks. We'll take a brisk walk through the process, where architectural detail and softly rendered landscape finally achieve the client's desired mood of "historic" yet "informal".

Create professional perspective maps quickly using Google Earth and Adobe
Gene Thorp,
Learn a technique to quickly create high-quality custom perspective cut-out maps with Google Earth Pro, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, that are guaranteed to impress your boss, clients, friends, family and maybe even your pets.

Bump-Mapping Textures onto Shaded Relief
Gene Trantham, Patrick Kennelly, The Pennsylvania State University
Textures add a visual variable to relief shading, distinct from color or pattern. Bump mapping, a technique adapted from the 3D graphics field, adds properly shaded texture to shaded relief by manipulating orientation data—the surface normal vectors. The effect is similar to displacement mapping, which adjusts the underlying DEM. Bump mapping techniques are based on a data model which focuses on surface orientation over elevation. We discuss the surface normal vector as a terrain dataset, along with its conventions and advantages in analytic cartography. A workflow implementing bump mapping within a GIS is demonstrated, along with sample use-cases and a geoprocessing tool to automate the workflow.

Stylized terrain shading through layer blending
Russ White, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
With layer and feature blend modes added to GIS tools, new visualization techniques can leverage a unique capability; the strengths of layer blending along with attribute-driven feature symbology. This presentation explores how a selection of hand-drawn image textures (eg. pencil sketch, pen stipple, crosshatch, etc.) can be applied to polygon features and blended to create a variety of stylized terrain shading effects. Drawing on inspirations from Non-photorealistic Rendering (NPR), historical and current cartography, this highlights the opportunities that arise as communities share and incorporate techniques across traditional disciplines and approaches.

This session is co-host by Kati Perry & Wenfei Xu
Slack channel: #nacis2021-pcd-afternoon2

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Nick Burchell

Director, QA & Customer Services, Avenza Systems Inc.
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Jennifer Mapes

Assistant Professor, Kent State University
Talk to me about grad school! I have a funded position for a PhD or exceptional master's student (Fall 2022) to help build my community geography lab by working with local residents to create maps that promote social & environmental justice. 
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Molly O'Halloran

Molly O'Halloran, Inc.
NACIS Board member, 2019–2021

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Russ White

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Wednesday October 13, 2021 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Grand Ballroom ABC, 2nd floor

7:00pm CDT

KEYNOTE: Land Grab Universities: Mapping profit from Indigenous dispossession
We are pleased to announce that Mr. Tristan Ahtone, editor-in-chief of the Texas Observer, and Dr. Robert Lee, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Cambridge, will be giving this year’s keynote address at NACIS 2021. They will discuss their multi-year investigation and exposé "Land-Grab Universities" as published in 2020 in High Country News on mapping the indigenous lands expropriated by the Morrill Act of 1862. This act established land grant universities throughout the United States, playing an important function in bankrolling the upstart American higher education system with native land holdings on, near to, and at great distances from a college’s campus. Please join us at NACIS on Wednesday, October 13th for this important hybrid keynote presentation, offered to all attending the 2021 conference in Oklahoma City as well as those who are participating remotely.

Slack channel: #nacis2021-keynote

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Tristan Ahtone

Tristan Ahtone is a member of the Kiowa Tribe and editor-in-chief at the Texas Observer. He previously served as Indigenous Affairs editor at High Country News. He has reported for Al Jazeera America, “PBS NewsHour,” “National Native News,” NPR and National Geographic. Ahtone’s... Read More →
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Robert Lee

Robert Lee is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Cambridge, a Fellow of Selwyn College, and a former Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. His research using GIS to explore connections between Indigenous dispossession and US state formation in the American... Read More →

Wednesday October 13, 2021 7:00pm - 8:00pm CDT
Grand Ballroom A-D, 2nd floor

8:00pm CDT

Thursday, October 14

8:00am CDT

8:00am CDT

9:00am CDT

Cartographic Research I
Cartopia: Maps as Computational Territories
Clancy Wilmott, UC Berkeley
This presentation explores a work-in-progress atlas of maps, created by generative adversarial networks from two curated databases of geological and survey maps. It examines what happens when the map/territory relation is reframed in terms of the map itself: when the map becomes the territory, remapped by visual computational means, the result is a haunting series of maps of no-where, produced by neural networks as they try to make sense of and reproduce cartographic logic. These new computational cartographic landscapes - cartopias - speak back to how maps shape our understanding of territories, and the power of maps themselves.

Putting mapper on a map: cartographic visualizations of topological data analysis
Jim Thatcher, University of Washington Tacoma, David Retchless, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Courtney Thatcher, University of Puget Sound, Kristine Jones, University of Washington
Topological data analysis combines approaches from mathematical topology with computational methods and has emerged as a promising area of research within mathematics and data science. Of particular interest is the mapper algorithm which has shown particular promise at extracting non-obvious clusters within heterogeneous datasets. However, due to the nature of mapper’s clustering and graph output, visualizing mapper data in a geographic context has been limited. Using U.S. census data, this talk presents a novel approach for the cartographic visualization and analysis of clusters found when musing mapper on spatially-bound datasets; here, identifying potential 'communities of interest' with respect to electoral districting.

Mapping Vulnerability Variables
Jia Zhang, Adeline Chum, Center for Spatial Research at Columbia University GSAPP
This series of interactive visualizations take apart the CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index(SVI) to show its 15 Census variable components and what vulnerabilities look like qualitatively with satellite imagery. In the past year, the SVI has been in frequent use for data driven projects that have attempted to predict the effects of the pandemic and propose solutions for the allocation of aid. With our maps, readers are asked to change the composition and definition of vulnerability by including and excluding variables. This current series of maps is based in New York City and serves as our initial case study for developing a framework which visualizes public datasets as filtering mechanisms for the exploration of satellite imagery.

Detecting Bias in Derived Data
Joanna Simon, Apple
With the release of iOS 15, Apple introduced commercial area polygons to the display. These polygons are meant to help show the structure of a city and highlight the areas where goods and services can be found at earlier zooms. For this new and partially subjective feature, the Cartography team evaluated the proposed polygons through a lens of bias and inclusion. The team developed a country-by-country approach to analyze areas with and without density polygons in order to identify systemic omissions, namely in neighborhoods of cities where poi density may be low relative to downtowns or other highly built-up areas. The process developed to study these features utilizes census data and can be modified to run in cities and countries across the globe.

The Presence of Absence in Pandemic Cartography
Anthony Robinson, The Pennsylvania State University
Distancing, lockdowns, and behavioral intervention strategies during a pandemic can be powerful means to deactivate human movements and activities. Mapping these effects introduces an unusual challenge; how do we show what happens when everything stops? What should absence look like? In this talk I will show several examples of conspicuous absences in pandemic cartography and highlight creative techniques that can be used to make absences have presence.

This session is co-moderated by Wenfei Xu (in-person) & Michala Garrison (remote/Slack)
Slack channel: #nacis2021-session-cartoresearch1


Michala Garrison

University of Oregon / The Seattle Times

Wenfei Xu

Columbia University


Clancy Wilmott

UC Berkeley

Jim Thatcher

University of Washington Tacoma

Jia Zhang

Center for Spatial Research at Columbia University GSAPP

Thursday October 14, 2021 9:00am - 10:20am CDT
Centennial Ballroom, 2nd floor

9:00am CDT

How Tos
How to make a map: A short course in cartography from Learn ArcGIS
Heather Smith, Esri
How to make a map is a new, self-directed, free course in cartography from Esri. It is a curated and organized collection of lessons, articles, and videos about thematic mapping. The course is divided into six chapters containing step-by-step instructions, theory, challenge activities, mapmaking checklists, and links to further resources. It can be completed with either ArcGIS Pro or ArcGIS Online. We hope that students and professionals alike will be able to use these materials to help them work through current mapping projects. We hope that it will also be adopted in classrooms, in whole or in part.

Atlas in a Day: Building community through cartography
Sydney Johnson, Darin Jensen, Nick Reale, Guerrilla Cartography
Atlases can take months, if not years to complete. At Guerrilla Cartography, we aimed to disrupt the traditional publishing and cartographic process by posing a challenge to our community: Create a thematic atlas from start to finish in only 24 hours. Come learn about how our first Atlas in a Day event came together as an in-person community event pre-pandemic and adapted virtually during the Covid-19 crisis to connect new and experienced cartographers alike. Free atlas downloads will be available.

Observations on Teaching Critique as a Design Skill
Dave Smith, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
Critique is a core pedagogical tool in most design education. It is also an essential part of professional discourse in most design fields. While extensive literature on the place of critique in design education exists, the focus is overwhelmingly on the role of the instructor or the expert jury in providing critique to students. Little attention is given to how students learn to effectively participate in critique. In this talk, I will discuss my experiences and observations in teaching critique as a distinct design skill—for both the critic and the designer whose work is being critiqued.

"Can't you just…"
Kate Leroux, Amazon
As the only cartographer at my company, I often need to explain to colleagues what I do and why cartography is more complicated than they assume. I've developed an example-packed talk that teaches non-cartographers to better understand cartographic decision-making, including necessary trade-offs and the logical framework behind seemingly simple style choices. My NACIS talk will help cartographers better explain this complexity to others and challenge the assumptions behind questions that begin, "Can't you just…."

This session is co-moderated by Molly O'Halloran (in-person) & Bill Limpisathian (remote/Slack)
Slack channel: #nacis2021-session-howtos

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Heather Smith

Product Engineer with Learn ArcGIS, Esri
I am an artist and a cartographer who mixes both practices to express and understand landscapes. I live in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, and work for Esri, where I write and edit lessons for Learn ArcGIS site.https://learn.arcgis.com/en/http://www.heathergabrielsmith.ca/

Sydney Johnson

Guerrilla Cartography

Dave Smith

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
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Kate Leroux

Cartographer, Amazon
Kate Leroux spent almost 15 years in the Seattle software industry, filling a wide range of roles including graphic design, business analysis, coding, testing, and system administration. This disparate skillset finally came together when she switched to cartography five years ago... Read More →

Thursday October 14, 2021 9:00am - 10:20am CDT
Grand Ballroom ABC, 2nd floor

9:00am CDT

Music, Feelings, and Style
Percussion Cartography
Vicky Johnson-Dahl,
Percussion and cartography intersect more than one might assume at first glance. Drumming requires a certain amount of spatial reasoning and every drum beat, pattern, and song is a sketch of a sonic landscape, connecting points of differing resonance and creating an invisible map. In this talk I will detail my work over the past year translating my hand and foot movements into geodata and making those invisible maps visible through a set of maps, graphics and animations.

Musical Space, Geographical Time
Darren Sears,
Music is thought of as a temporal medium, but it is often written to evoke journeys through spaces or places, and physical and visual journeys through space also progress through time. I recently wrote an orchestral composition depicting the ascent of an island, the same inspiration that has shaped many of my cartographic paintings (presented at NACIS 2020). The project led me to consider how the spatial and temporal aspects of a geographical journey represented musically might correspond with those aspects in a visual representation of that journey. How might musical elements, printed and heard, take on spatial dimensions that can be mapped onto the physical elements they evoke as time leads the listener/viewer through both “landscapes”?

Feeling the Flood: Evaluating Thematic Tactile Maps
Harrison Cole, Penn State
I present the results of my studies evaluating the use of tactile flood maps by users who are blind or visually impaired. These studies fill a critical gap in tactile cartography research— while tactile wayfinding maps have been studied for decades, tactile thematic maps have received only a fraction of the attention. Using flood risk mitigation analysis as a case study, I pick up where tactile wayfinding research left off and determine what works, what doesn’t, and what possibilities exist for future investigation.

How mapping helped me through the pandemic
Hannah Dormido
The past year has been a long-enduring storm – one we all had to weather together, but while in different boats. The quarantines and government-imposed lockdowns were hard, even for an introvert like me. When it got too noisy in my own head with worries, uncertainties, fears of getting sick, what helped me was sitting down with my art materials and mapping away! I would like to share with you how hand-drawing maps helped me through the pandemic and some major life changes. I’ll also do a show and tell about the mapping process and the output maps. This includes the evolution of the “Dormi-dots” style, and another project called “Mapping My Memories.”

Let's talk about "Map Fashion"
Kellee Koenig, Conservation International
Wearing maps at NACIS isn’t new, but have we ever talked about it (aside from the Slack channel last year)? What is “Map Fashion”—who’s designing it, who’s wearing it, can any maps work or are there design considerations? This presentation will hopefully address some of these questions, spark conversations about all of them, and celebrate a few great examples old and new.

This session is co-moderated by Tim Wallace (in-person) & Hans van der Maarel (remote/Slack)
Slack channel: #nacis2021-session-musicfeelingsstyles

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Darren Sears

Artist and Landscape Architect
As an artist and landscape architect, my creative work draws upon my fascination with our emotional responses to ecosystems, biodiversity and physical geography. I take a particular interest in tropical island and mountain ecosystems, volcanic landscapes, and the urban-nature interface... Read More →
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Harrison Cole

PhD Candidate, The Pennsylvania State University
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Hannah Dormido

Data Visualization Journalist, Hannah Dormido

Kellee Koenig

Conservation International

Thursday October 14, 2021 9:00am - 10:20am CDT
Crystal Ballroom, 2nd floor

10:20am CDT

Morning Break
Thursday October 14, 2021 10:20am - 10:40am CDT
Grand Ballroom Foyer, 2nd floor

10:40am CDT

Cartographic Research II
Introducing "Web Mapping: A Workbook for Interactive Cartography and Visualization on the Open Web"
Robert Roth, UW-Madison, Carl Sack, Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College, Gareth Baldrica-Franklin, UW-Madison, Yuying Chen, UW-Madison, Rich Donohue, University of Kentucky, Lily Houtman, UW-Madison, Tim Prestby, Penn State University, Robin Tolochko, Quizlet, Nick Underwood, UW-Madison
Web Mapping (github.com/uwcartlab/webmapping) is an open source resource introducing the practical skills needed to develop interactive maps and visualizations on the Open Web. The workbook was developed to support an advanced web cartography course at UW-Madison with an intention of introducing designers to coding and related UX concepts. Compared to a traditional textbook, the workbook uses a spiral curriculum of short, interconnected lessons to build proficiency in JavaScript, Leaflet.js, and D3.js, and is hosted on GitHub for continuous updating. This presentation describes the evolution of the web map curriculum at UW-Madison leading to the workbook's current form and demonstrates how to adapt the lessons for customized instruction.

Representable: Community Mapping for Fair Representation
Amanda Kmetz, Data Engineer, Electoral Innovation Lab, Michaela Daniel, Representable
Representable is a web-based platform for collecting and analyzing crowdsourced community maps, and annotating said maps with their shared cultural, social, historical, and economic interests. This platform enables and accelerates public input to redistricting, providing previously split and forgotten communities with a voice in the drawing of district lines. In this presentation, we highlight the ways we are using open-source technology to create an accessible mapping platform aimed at democratizing public input. Furthermore, we examine how an equitable, community-first mapping process integrates with the technical constraints and considerations of decennial redistricting, occurring across the country in 2021 and 2022.

Audit the Streets
Wonyoung So, MIT DUSP
We introduce the idea of “auditing” the heritage landscape–creating databases, lists, and visualizations that highlight and quantify unequal public memory as well as the persistent elevation of perpetrators of violence in the landscape. In this talk, we introduce two early-stage projects—a national-scale public data portal for auditing heritage landscape and a data-storytelling about the commemoration of Christopher Columbus. We argue that the "audit" make us critically confront the “permeability” of symbolic ties to the land by the European settlers, and denaturalize those ties in the heritage landscape.

Maps and research: a hundred and one practices of mapping in geographical research
Heather Miles, University of Manchester
I am a geographer and although a close link between maps and geography is often presumed, a large proportion of geographers do not use maps. My PhD focuses on how social scientists could use a range of, as yet, underexplored mapping approaches. It is based on conceptualizing mapping as a continuum of practices focused to differing degrees on the “final map” or alternatively the mapping process itself. As such it is informed by a performative approach. Mapping practices encompass, for example, embodied, narrative, quantitative and "hand-done" approaches that can be used singly or together. I explore these by looking across traditional mapping typologies like community mapping, professional cartography, GIS, critical cartography, and map art.

This session is co-moderated by Wenfei Xu (in-person) & Elaine Guidero (remote/Slack)
Slack channel: #nacis2021-session-cartoresearch2

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Robert Roth

Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
I am a Professor of Cartography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Faculty Director of the UW Cartography Lab. My interests include interactive, web, and mobile map design, as well as cartographic technology and pedagogy.

Amanda Kmetz

Data Engineer, Electoral Innovation Lab
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Wonyoung So

Wonyoung is a PhD student in Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. Wonyoung studies how urban technology has been historically used to orchestrate, predict, and police public life and how the future of urban technology can be different if we care more about empowering marginalized groups... Read More →
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Heather Miles

University of Manchester

Thursday October 14, 2021 10:40am - 12:00pm CDT
Centennial Ballroom, 2nd floor

10:40am CDT

Homespun Maps
Creating Earth Science Maps in Cross Stitch
Kara Prior,
I create cross stitch maps of geologic, watershed, and ecoregion maps as a way to engage with my environmental science education creatively, and to invite others as well through patterns. I want to offer a way for the larger community to enjoy and create art that helps them feel connected to their place. Cross stitch also allows scientists and science students to engage with aspects of their expertise in a different way, and allows people with fiber arts expertise (more often feminine and less often valued in academia) to share their knowledge to new audiences.

Maps of Exploration
Dylan Moriarty, The Washington Post
For most of us, employment doesn't hinge on creating 8 to 10 maps in a dramatic new style every year or two. There's a lot of "feeding the beast" in our industry. For journalists, these are simple locator maps. For government agencies, those might be ESRI exports. But, we're all part artist, and we have maps kicking around in our heads that we dream of making... but maybe aren't sure how. Or skills/tools we want to learn, but oof who has the time. This talk will go into leveraging those desires together via making weird personal projects. Tips for getting started, enjoying it, and most importantly, recognizing when you have gas in the tank to do so and why you shouldn't beat yourself up if you don't.

How Homemade Maps Defined the Pandemic Year
Laura Bliss, Bloomberg News, Jessica Martin, Bloomberg CityLab
Maps mattered during the Covid-19 pandemic — not just data-driven maps on infections, hospitalizations or vaccinations. Starting in April 2020, Bloomberg CityLab asked readers to create homemade maps detailing how coronavirus impacted their lives, from lockdowns and loneliness, to illness and tragedy, to positive transformations. The hundreds of maps we received offered a window into the personal impacts and sprawling economic, environmental, and social sea changes that swept the world. The maps vary in style, talent and medium — including ones submitted by professional designers and cartographers. Our talk will tell the story behind this project and explore how these maps helped make sense of a year of tumult and uncertainty.

Thematic mapping with a twist
Kenneth Field, Esri Inc
Working from home during the pandemic meant I could literally construct a new kind of multivariate 3D thematic map from wood, screws, paint, glue and epoxy resin. It’s a physical model of the results of the 2020 election with an inlay basemap of results and bas-relief grid of screws representing population density and margin of victory through gauge, height, and colour. This talk explores the approach, decisions, risk, and catharsis of building a physical map using non-conventional cartographic tools such as circular saws, laser cutters, and routers. I might even talk about another map my dog, Wisley, helped me make.

This session is co-moderated by Mamata Akella (in-person) & Denise Lu (remote/Slack)
Slack channel: #nacis2021-session-homespunmaps


Dylan Moriarty

The Washington Post

Laura Bliss

Bloomberg News
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Kenneth Field

Professional cartonerd, Esri Inc
Cartonerd. Ex-academic. Teaches. Talks. Makes. Presents. Publishes. Blogs. Tweets. Journals. Book (Cartography.). MOOC. Kitchen tiles. Snowboards. Drums. Beer. Nottingham Forest. Has a life too.

Thursday October 14, 2021 10:40am - 12:00pm CDT
Crystal Ballroom, 2nd floor

10:40am CDT

Panel: Design and Criticality in Cartographic Pedagogy
Design and Criticality in Cartographic Pedagogy
Eric Huntley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
What is the role of cartography, and design more generally, in critical research and pedagogy? And what is the role of critical research and pedagogy in cartography, and design more generally? There has long been a certain amount of suspicion between those who treat maps as visual objects to be designed and those who work critically, which is often understood to mean foundationally destabilizing modes of representation. This session will come at the question from a different direction. Rather than rehearsing well-trod critiques of representation, we’ll be trying to think through mapping and maps as interventions in the known that have the ability to make their publics care differently about the most urgent questions facing our world.

Slack channel: #nacis2021-panel-criticalcartopedagogy


Grga Basic

Urban Theory Lab, University of Chicago

Rich Donohue

University of Kentucky

Xiaowei Wang

University of California, Berkeley

Amber Bosse

MapBosse, Co.

Thursday October 14, 2021 10:40am - 12:00pm CDT
Grand Ballroom ABC, 2nd floor

12:00pm CDT

NACIS Lunch and Business Meeting
Slack channel: #board-public

Thursday October 14, 2021 12:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Grand Ballroom DEF, 2nd floor

2:00pm CDT

Cartographic Narratives
Narrative Transportation, Emotions, and Climate Change Attitudes: Understanding Map Reader Response to Storytelling Maps
Michala Garrison, University of Oregon / The Seattle Times, Carolyn Fish, University of Oregon
Scientific and co-called objective maps often present climate change as abstract and have the potential of failing to engage readers. Interestingly, few studies have focused on how storytelling maps about climate change differ from the more scientific maps created by researchers. By focusing on two variables: 1) narrative structure (how story-like something is) and 2) the inclusion of a map, I conducted a between-subjects user study with four stimuli to measure how these variables influenced 1) narrative transportation, 2) emotion, and 3) climate change attitudes. In this talk, I’ll discuss the findings of my study in hopes of inspiring you to think of the ways we as cartographers should use emotion, stories, and personal experience when mapping.

From coronavirus to the election, designing maps that tell news stories
Weiyi (Dawn) Cai, The New York Times
Maps are one of the most powerful and versatile tools we as graphics editors have when it comes to help our readers understand news events. We use maps to pinpoint events, to show demographic changes, to present election results, etc. We custom and make specific design decisions to serve the stories the best. This talk will give a behind the scene look of how some our map-based stories, covering the virus and election, came to be and walk through some of the design decisions we made to make the maps tell the stories most effectively.

Mapping the story
Pablo Robles, Visual Journalist
Use of cartography as the focal point to tell stories. Talk: A presentation about how maps were essential to present news showing some cartographic work, including reporting on the protests in Hong Kong, deforestation in Brazil and Malaysia, how China is reshaping the landscape in Hong Kong, or why Europe asks travelers to ditch planes for night trains. Cartographic work I did: www.josepablorobles.com

Mapping Memories of Peru with ArcGIS, Adobe, and Avenza Software
Marikka Williams, Fleming College
In this presentation I provide an overview of how I utilize ArcGIS, Adobe and Avenza software functionality to preserve my memories from when I participated in a Rotary International GSE Program in Peru. The workflow involves integrating Satellite Imagery, SRTM data, derived terrain surfaces, vector data, and photographs to render the character of Southern Peru. As a GIS Professor, who teaches students how to use a range of software solutions to create a variety of Cartographic products, the capability to integrate multiple software packages into one project space is ideal. It enables me to teach students agility, various workflows and how to utilize software with respect to fitness for purpose.

Journalism, Graphics, and A Custom Map Projection for Taiwan
Daniel Kao,
Although many recognize Taiwan as an island off the coast of Asia, it is actually an archipelago consisting of one main island and other small islands near and far. As a graphics engineer for a Taiwanese news organization, I decided to create and open source a custom composite projection for Taiwan and its 22 administrative cities and counties in order to simplify and streamline the process of making maps for news stories. In this talk I will share the story behind creating and open sourcing this custom projection, dealing with government-provided geographic data, and the realities of building and publishing maps for news stories.

This session is co-moderated by Denise Lu (in-person) & Wenfei Xu (remote/Slack)
Slack channel: #nacis2021-session-cartonarratives


Michala Garrison

University of Oregon / The Seattle Times

Weiyi (Dawn) Cai

The New York Times
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Marikka Williams

GIS Professor, Fleming College
I am a GIS Professor at Fleming College. I teach Geovisualization I, II and III, Spatial Analysis I and II and Municipal Mapping and GIS for the GIS Post Diploma Program. I also teach Geomatics in Surveying for the Environmental Technician Program. Ask me about educational opportunities... Read More →

Thursday October 14, 2021 2:00pm - 3:40pm CDT
Crystal Ballroom, 2nd floor

2:00pm CDT

Conservation & Advocacy
A Geospatial Platform to Connect Birders with Migration and Conservation
Melanie Smith, Erika Knight, Lotem Taylor, Connor Bailey, John Mahoney, National Audubon Society, Daniel Huffman, somethingaboutmaps, Jill Deppe, National Audubon Society
The newly released Bird Migration Explorer integrates migration tracking data, connectivity data, and bird distribution models to deliver innovative visualizations for 460 North American species. The Explorer includes annual migration animations; connections maps that show people where their local birds go; and maps illustrating exposure to conservation challenges as birds migrate across the hemisphere. Through a combination of ArcGIS Online and the ArcGIS API for JavaScript, the Explorer delivers engaging interactive maps that bring migratory journeys of birds to life, while linking users to conservation actions to help their local birds throughout the hemisphere.

Mapping conservation challenges for North America’s migratory birds
Lotem Taylor, Melanie Smith, Nat Seavy, Giselle Vandrick, Erika Knight, Connor Bailey, Jill Deppe, National Audubon Society
To protect migratory birds, a better understanding of where, when, and how extensively they coincide with threats is needed. To this end, we mapped potential threat exposure for nearly 450 migratory species, combining eBird’s Status and Trends abundance with 17 anthropogenic drivers of landscape change in weekly time steps over the course of the year. We summarized our results in bivariate hexagon-binned maps to represent both total abundance and proportion of birds exposed to threats, and surfaced these maps in an interactive online platform made widely available to the public for education and conservation purposes. By understanding where and when human activities may impact birds, we can better inform solutions to protect them.

Creating the Atlas of Conservation Cartography, Volume I
Kevin McManigal, University of Montana
The database at Protected Planet shows 15% of terrestrial landscapes, and more than 7% of marine ecosystems in conservation. Unfortunately, many of these so-called paper parks have designation, but no demarcation. We all recognize the power of maps make the ethereal, official. In order to match more parks with maps, the University of Montana has begun to publish the Atlas of Conservation Cartography. Each year, a new class of advanced cartography students will map a park and write a chapter for inclusion in the atlas. Join me on this journey from idea to realization, covering ground from the theories of Ptolemy, to the idiosyncrasies of modern on-demand printing. Enjoy volume one here: https://issuu.com/opcarto/docs/accv3_master.

"Maps in court" - Indigenous maps, alternative narratives and land defense in the Ecuadorian Amazon
Aliya Ryan, Digital Democracy, Oswando Nenquimo, Alianza Ceibo
The Waorani indigenous people have rights to 1 million hectares of richly biodiverse Ecuadorian Amazon, their ancestral territory which they depend upon for their subsistence and culture. However recently the Government opened up this land to new oil developments, threatening the Waorani way of life. From 2015-2018 the Waorani used new software, Mapeo, to create territory maps of this land. These were included in a landmark legal case in 2019 which they won, forcing the Government to remove the oil block. Opi Nenquimo, (Waorani Mapping Lead) and Aliya Ryan (Digital Democracy) will discuss this work, challenges involved in indigenous cartography and new developments in digital mapping that support the translation of alternative narratives.

Tenant Power: Supporting Tenant Organizing Through Interactive Mapping
Eric Robsky Huntley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
How can interactive mapping not only characterize but intervene in oppressive systems that obfuscate in favor of the powerful? To take one particular case: what can mappers do about the fact that, despite the many successes of the open data movement, it is extremely difficult to identify, let alone challenge, large landlords and relatively straightforward to abuse and displace tenants? Building on recent cross-disciplinary interest in projects that 'study up', this presentation will share Tenant Power, a platform that came out of a recent activist mapping project in Greater Boston. It supports tenant organizing by allowing tenants to, at the bare minimum, know who owns their building and what other properties they might own in the region.

This session is co-moderated by Mary Beth Cunha (in-person) & Molly O'Halloran (remote/Slack)
Slack channel: #nacis2021-session-conservationadvocacy


Melanie Smith

National Audubon Society

Lotem Taylor

GIS & Data Analyst, National Audubon Society
Lotem Taylor is a GIS & Data Analyst at the National Audubon Society, where she leads spatial analyses to help protect birds and their habitats. Lotem’s work has included building climate suitability models and mapping migration patterns for hundreds of bird species.
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Kevin McManigal

Lecturer in GIS and Cartography, University of Montana
Kevin McManigal has intimate knowledge of the modern GIS and cartographic workflow. As a lecturer with the University of Montana, he teaches cartography as an art form, utilizing GIS and graphics software to produce maps that inform and inspire. His research spans many disciplines... Read More →

Aliya Ryan

Digital Democracy

Thursday October 14, 2021 2:00pm - 3:40pm CDT
Grand Ballroom ABC, 2nd floor

2:00pm CDT

Natural Earth & Terrain
Remastering Natural Earth
Tom Patterson, US National Park Service (retired), Nathaniel Vaughn Kelso, Snap Inc.
Natural Earth did not develop according to a grand plan. It started off with World Databank 2 coastlines, rivers, and lakes dating from the 1970s. And things then grew from there. To put Natural Earth on a firmer foundation, we are rebuilding it from modern data sources and using the latest generalization methods. The new 1: 10 million-scale data will have slightly more detail than the previous version and will be chock-full of attributes. The remastering effort will take a couple of years to complete. Although a possible new data source could speed up the work considerably.

What's in a Line? Mapping South American Rivers for Natural Earth
Alex Fries,
My biggest personal project over the past year has centered on developing an entirely new dataset of rivers in South America for Natural Earth. In this work, I have strived to embrace the delicate balance of creating a dataset that accurately reflects the courses and names of these waterways in a manner that also maintains the standard of small-scale cartographic beauty that defines Natural Earth. In this talk, I'll discuss some of the technical challenges that come with mapping rivers across an entire continent, as well as the more fundamental questions concerning our epistemic understanding of what a river is that must be carefully answered when creating a dataset that will be accessible to and used by cartographers throughout the world.

Recognizing multiple points-of-view in Natural Earth
Nathaniel Kelso,
Natural Earth's goal is to increase geographic literacy by making it easy to compile and publish maps from high-quality, free, and open data. Natural Earth is used by people in every country around the globe and in version 4 we added name localizations for 21 popular locales via Wikidata. Since those 2017 and 2018 releases, the project's authors have heard feedback that Natural Earth's default de facto view doesn't work for every legal jurisdiction. Our north star in this work is our belief that school teachers are able to teach geography based on Natural Earth without teachers worrying about legal compliance issues. In version 5 released in 2021, Natural Earth introduces additional support for 31 alternate points-of-view and more!

That’s a Relief: Assessing Aesthetic Preference and Landform Clarity in Terrain Maps
Nathaniel Alexander Douglass, Carolyn Fish, University of Oregon
Terrain maps offer a three-dimensional representation of topography that gives an important depth cue to readers while also providing a unique aesthetic experience. This research proposes an examination of both traditional and modern relief shading techniques, with aims to empirically assess map reader perception. Specifically, I propose investigating the way three relief shading techniques (Manual relief, analytical relief, and Blender generated relief) influence landform clarity and overall aesthetic appeal, when blended with hypsometric tinting, landcover, and orthoimagery. Check out my talk where I discuss the results of an online user study using nine different terrain map variations for Crater Lake, OR!

This session is co-moderated by Patrick Kennelly (in-person) & Martha Bostwick (remote/Slack)
Slack channel: #nacis2021-session-naturalearthterrain

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Tom Patterson

Cartographer, National Park Service (retired)
I like mountains and maps.

Alex Fries

National Park Service

Thursday October 14, 2021 2:00pm - 3:40pm CDT
Centennial Ballroom, 2nd floor

3:40pm CDT

Afternoon Break
Thursday October 14, 2021 3:40pm - 4:00pm CDT
Grand Ballroom Foyer, 2nd floor

4:00pm CDT

NACIS Commons Session I
Join together with other attendees to set up an ad hoc informal gathering on a topic that interests you. Maybe you want to discuss your favorite map projections with fellow enthusiasts, or maybe you're a student who wants to create a space to network with other students and share advice. Reserve the NACIS Commons and add whatever you think our conference is missing! A sign-up sheet will be available on-site and reservations are first come, first served.

The Commons area will be provided with some chairs, a flipchart, and some markers. When the room is not in use, the Commons also serves as a quieter space to sit and chat away from the more crowded areas.

Slack channel: #nacis2021-commons

Thursday October 14, 2021 4:00pm - 5:20pm CDT
Grand Ballroom ABC, 2nd floor

4:00pm CDT

Cartographic Education
Points Unknown - Reflections from 4 years of Teaching Cartographic Narratives
Juan Francisco Saldarriaga, Michael Krisch, Brown Institute for Media Innovation, Columbia University
For the last 4 years, our Points Unknown course has been combining spatial training with journalistic techniques in order to teach GIS and mapping to journalism, architecture, and urban planning students. Anchored in spatial analysis and cartographic narratives, this course seeks to bring together and extend journalistic and architectural practices, and help students better find, understand, and tell stories. This presentation will provide an overview of our course, the challenges involved in crossing journalism with architecture and design, its successes and failures, and its evolution, from using traditional GIS software to adopting open-source libraries and programming as its main teaching tools.

Map It!: A Community-Minded Mapping Collaboration
Josie Myers, Kent State University
We will discuss the opportunities and challenges of making maps with and for the community on a college campus and beyond. At Kent State University, Map It! is a community-minded collaboration between the University Libraries and the Department of Geography. Our aim is to provide spatial data visualization, geographic information science, and cartographic services to the campus community and the Northeast Ohio community at large. This talk will cover the efforts that went into getting this program off the ground, and will highlight different mapping projects that have been completed with community involvement and local knowledge.

The Disappearing art of Cartography
Siewe Siewe, John McIntosh, Northeastern State University
GIS degree and certificate programs, both online and face-to-face, have proliferated over the past several decades in North America. As GIS has evolved and become more sophisticated, academic departments have had to make decisions on what courses are most important to prepare students for the marketplace. While GIS arguably can trace its roots back to cartography, required course work in subjects such as cartography and map design face stiff competition with other skills such as web programming. The authors contend that education in map design and cartographic principals is still critical for effective map communication. Here, we present the results of a survey of course requirements for GIS certificate and GIS degree programs in North

This session is co-moderated by Travis White (in-person) & Bill Limpisathian (remote/Slack)
Slack channel: #nacis2021-session-cartoedu

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Alicia Cowart

Director, Geospatial Analysis & Mapping Laboratory, University of Colorado Denver
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Juan Francisco Saldarriaga

Senior Data & Design Researcher, Brown Institute for Media Innovation, Columbia University
I work at the intersection of data, GIS, visualization, journalism, architecture, urbanism, and the humanities, and I teach graduate level workshops and seminars on mapping, advanced GIS and data visualization. In the past I’ve worked as a research scholar at the Center for Spa... Read More →

Josie Myers

Kent State University

Siewe Siewe

Northeastern State University

Thursday October 14, 2021 4:00pm - 5:20pm CDT
Centennial Ballroom, 2nd floor

4:00pm CDT

133 Years of U.S. Diplomacy through a Cartographic Lens
Brooke Marston, U.S. Department of State
In the course of updating the Department of State’s flagship "Foreign Service Posts" map–a map of U.S. diplomatic presence–a set of historical maps from a series that extends back over one hundred years was discovered in the flat files of the Office of the Geographer. Using this set of maps, we take a step back through history and examine the United States’ diplomatic relationship with the rest of the world. Reflect on global events and how they influenced the distribution of legations, embassies, and consulates throughout U.S. history. This visual journey culminates in the latest contribution to the series recently produced in 2021.

Revisiting Strip Mapping
Aileen Buckley, Esri
A strip map is a unique map form that depicts a linear feature, such as a road or river, and a narrow area along its edges that captures the adjacent geography. They are often produced in segments that, when aligned end to end, represent the full length of the feature. Despite their unique format and myriad uses, strip maps have received little attention in cartographic literature and are often overlooked as cartographic products, perhaps in part because they are a challenge to make. When they are used appropriately and executed well, they are often lauded by cartographers. This presentation revisits strip maps and offers suggestions for automating their creation, thus making them easier to compile, and thus perhaps more commonly seen.

Mapping SECRETS: Manual Cartography 1985 - 1996
David Nuttall, Artimaps
My formal British Military Cartographic training in the 1980’s was still conducted in manual draughting techniques. I will look back at the tools and processes used to create maps from start to finish in the days before any computers were involved. I feel lucky that I worked with the entire cartographic process, versus a production line. Do you remember blob nib pens, stereoscopes, scribing, registration pins, wax text, duffing and proofing? Then explore the changes that started happening with the “modernization” in the early 90’s and how this period of British mapping saw drastic changes that required the defense of highly trained staff and skilled cartographers, versus unskilled operators. And yes, there are some actual secrets involved!

Working with Northern Namibia’s aerial photographs from 1943 and 1970
T. Wangyal Shawa, Princeton University Library
Last year one of the Princeton University History professors and I received a David A. Gardner Magic Grant from the Princeton University Humanities Council to process and create ortho imagery from scanned aerial photographs, and extract features for environmental history research. The aerial photographs, taken in 1943 and 1970, cover roughly 150 x 10 miles of Northern Namibia bordering Angola. There are over 1211 individual aerial photographs to process. The 1943 aerial photography is unique because they are difficult to find and were supposedly taken by pilots who were training for World War II missions in Europe. The presentation will describe our workflow from start to finish in processing and creating orthomosaic imageries.

This session is co-moderated by Leo Dillon (in-person) & Jack Swab (remote/Slack)
Slack channel: #nacis2021-session-retrospectives


Brooke Marston

U.S. Department of State
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David Nuttall

Artist & Mapping Consultant, Artimaps, LLC
David is a artist, cartographer and mapping professional with over 40 years of experience. David creates hand-drawn plausible fictitious maps, as cartographic art. He is also an independent consultant for public safety/911 mapping, training and support. David was trained by the British... Read More →

T. Wangyal Shawa

Princeton University Library

Thursday October 14, 2021 4:00pm - 5:20pm CDT
Crystal Ballroom, 2nd floor

5:30pm CDT

CP Editorial Board Meeting
Thursday October 14, 2021 5:30pm - 6:30pm CDT

5:30pm CDT

The 7th Annual NACIS Fun Run and Walk!
Thursday October 14, 2021 5:30pm - 6:45pm CDT

6:30pm CDT

NACIS Night Out
Our Thursday NACIS Night Out (NNO) spot is Parlor, a Food Hall located in the Automobile Alley neighborhood at 11 NE 6th St. Parlor is “a collection of chefs (7 food venues) and mixologists (2 bars) coming together to advance the concept of what a restaurant/bar could be, within an electric atmosphere”.
Take a look at the venue in advance! https://www.parlorokc.com/gallery/
NACIS will be reserving a private space to make it easier to gather and chat with our fellow Nacites. A $5.00 cover charge will help to offset this cost. All food and beverage options are pay as you go.

Thursday October 14, 2021 6:30pm - 9:30pm CDT
Friday, October 15

8:00am CDT

8:00am CDT

9:00am CDT

NACIS Commons Session 2
Join together with other attendees to set up an ad hoc informal gathering on a topic that interests you. Maybe you want to discuss your favorite map projections with fellow enthusiasts, or maybe you're a student who wants to create a space to network with other students and share advice. Reserve the NACIS Commons and add whatever you think our conference is missing! A sign-up sheet will be available on-site and reservations are first come, first served.

The Commons area will be provided with some chairs, a flipchart, and some markers. When the room is not in use, the Commons also serves as a quieter space to sit and chat away from the more crowded areas.

Slack channel: #nacis2021-commons

Friday October 15, 2021 9:00am - 10:20am CDT
Grand Ballroom ABC, 2nd floor

9:00am CDT

Cartographic Resources
Creating a Public Space for Georeferencing Sanborn Maps
Adam Cox, Louisiana State University
This talk will introduce my thesis work on an online map georeferencing platform tailored to the digital Sanborn Maps collection at the Library of Congress. My approach extends the open source geospatial content management system GeoNode to add a georeferencing interface that anyone can use. Building from GeoNode means that any georeferenced map becomes an OGC-compliant web service available for use in other web maps or desktop GIS clients, and pulling from the Library of Congress collection ensures high quality color scans in the public domain. Ultimately, the project seeks to make local Sanborn maps more accessible to citizens and researchers in communities across the US, while producing new open source software along the way.

CanvasMap, An Open Source Library for Interactive Online Maps
James Graham, HSU
The open-source library CanvasMap provides a range of features for creating interactive online maps. Features include graticules, north arrows, graticules, and scale bars and symbolizing with marks, SVG based icons, and images. Raster and vector data in standard formats and any projection are supported. An extension for project on the fly is in development. CanvasMap is written entirely in JavaScript and is compatible with all commonly used browsers on computers and mobile devices. CanvasMap was designed for extensibility and classes and objects may be overridden to provide new features. The library is available at CanvasMap.org. The 2D version is released and the 3D version is in beta testing.

This session is co-moderated by Vanessa Knoppke-Wetzel (in-person) & Harrison Cole (remote/Slack)
Slack channel: #nacis2021-session-cartoresources


Alicia Sullivan

Google Maps Platform

Adam Cox

Adam is a geospatial developer currently pursuing dual MS degrees in Geography and Library & Information Science at LSU.

Friday October 15, 2021 9:00am - 10:20am CDT
Crystal Ballroom, 2nd floor

9:00am CDT

History of Cartography I
Mapping Tahlequah History
John McIntosh, Farina King, Northeastern State University
Mapping Tahlequah History (MTH) is a project based at Northeastern State University (NSU) that supports student immersive learning and development of a public educational digital humanities interactive map and accompanying database focused on local history. The map and database help make local historical information more accessible by providing students and other users with links to documents and other resources such as videos and pictures. Content on the interactive map is contributed by community members, faculty and students. In this presentation, we discuss our approach to this participatory GIS effort including contributions, attribution, quality control and other challenges we have encountered.

Crowdsourcing History: Oklahoma land ownership and valuations during the Great Depression
Kevin Dyke, Oklahoma State University
McCasland Maps and Spatial Data at Oklahoma State University Library is home to one of the largest collections of maps of Oklahoma and Indian Territory. Our digital collection is home to more than 10,000 items and growing. Beyond digitization, we engage in projects to make analog spatial data machine-readable, thereby drastically increasing its usability for cartography, spatial analysis, and scholarly research. This talk will focus on an ongoing project translating more than 2,000 maps depicting land ownership and valuations across all of rural Oklahoma during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl. The project combines traditional activities such as georeferencing along with a custom crowdsourcing application.

Mapping Histories of Slavery and Resistance in NYC
Fatima Koli, Mariame Kaba, Anna Wu, Barnard College, Claire Goldberg, Columbia University
This presentation describes a collaboration between Barnard College and Mariame Kaba, public historian and grassroots organizer who advocates for abolition. Mariame offers an annual walking tour of Lower Manhattan focused on slavery and resistance in NYC, a history that many are not familiar with. NYC was central to American slavery and has been described as “the capital of American slavery”. Students and staff worked with Mariame to create a digital walking tour that could make this history available to a wider audience. This presentation will discuss the process and training students went through to create this project, the development of the project and demonstrate the possibilities and limitations of digital mapping tools.

Mapping the Impacts of the September 30th Movement
Raechel Portelli, Michigan State University
September 30 marks the beginning of a dark period in the history of Indonesia. After the overthrow of their president and the murder of several of their high-ranking generals, a military coup resulted in a three-decade military dictatorship. In recent years, as more stories have come to light a clearer understanding of these events has emerged. This presentation will discuss the process of mapping the geographic influences on the outcomes of this movement and the challenges surrounding it.

This session is co-moderated by Travis White (in-person) & Elaine Guidero (remote/Slack)
Slack channel: #nacis2021-session-historiccarto1


John McIntosh

Northeastern State University, Tahlequah OK

Kevin Dyke

Oklahoma State University

Raechel Portelli

Michigan State University

Friday October 15, 2021 9:00am - 10:20am CDT
Centennial Ballroom, 2nd floor

10:20am CDT

Morning Break
Friday October 15, 2021 10:20am - 10:40am CDT
Grand Ballroom Foyer, 2nd floor

10:40am CDT

History of Cartography II
The making of “What the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Destroyed”
Anjali Singhvi, Yuliya Parshina Kottas, The New York Times
We'll walk you through the research and the process of recreating 1921 Greenwood using multiple historic data and map sources. We will show you how census data, city directories, newspapers and other historical sources helped visualize the 1921 Tulsa and events of the massacre on a map. We will also cover the research and technical work involved in creating a detailed 3D model of the marquee Greenwood business block. Link to the article: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/05/24/us/tulsa-race-massacre.html

Mapping Native American Land Tenure with Indigenous Toponymy and Historical Cartography
Daniel Cole, Smithsonian Institution, E. Richard Hart, Hart West & Associates
In recent years, many libraries and archives have started digitizing their collections thus making maps by Indigenous peoples more easily available to study. While a number of these maps were discussed in the History of Cartography series, more have since been found and disseminated. Further, Indigenous claims to land can be seen in their connections via toponymy. European concepts of territory and political boundaries did not coincide with First Nation/American Indian views resulting in the mistaken view that Natives did not have formal concepts of their territories. This presentation will illustrate how Native residents were very spatially aware of their own lands. And we will present how the Sinixt toponymy helped build their legal case.

Exploring Priestley’s Historical Timelines as Interactive Infographics
Joanna Merson, InfoGraphics Lab, University of Oregon
In 1769, Joseph Priestley, a scientist and theologian, created what are arguably the first modern timelines. His “A New Chart of History” is a particularly influential map-like artifact in historiography and infographic design. We created an interactive exploration of the chart, to analyze Priestley’s design in relation to modern graphic techniques, and to investigate Priestley’s geographic assumptions. We will present our current interface, describe our method of using arcPy to create JSON objects that can be visualized using D3, and describe our method of linking the chart to digitized historical maps and Wikidata to create an information rich experience.

The Military Mapping Maidens of the Army Map Service
Judith Tyner, CSU Long Beach (retired)
At the beginning of World War Two the United States was caught short. We didn’t have enough maps of needed areas and many of the maps we did have were obsolete. The Army Map Service was created and because many of the civilian men were drafted early on, there was an effort to hire and train women in mapmaking. In this paper I describe these forgotten women and their jobs. I focus on a group trained by a woman geographer at Kent State University and three of her students. I look at their university training, their AMS jobs, and their lives in Washington, DC.

This session is co-moderated by Hans van der Maarel (in-person) & Wenfei Xu (remote/Slack)
Slack channel: #nacis2021-session-historiccarto2

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Judith Tyner

Professor Emerita, CSu Long Beach
Research on women in cartography
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Joanna Merson

InfoGraphics Lab, University of Oregon

Anjali Singhvi

Visual Journalist at The New York Times

Friday October 15, 2021 10:40am - 12:00pm CDT
Centennial Ballroom, 2nd floor

10:40am CDT

Styling & Serving Map Data
Mapping change and progress with dynamic multivariate composite symbols
Kristian Ekenes, Esri
Composite vector symbols (also called multilayer symbols or multipart symbols) allow you to visualize multiple data variables in a single symbol. When designed well, composite symbols reveal nuances in datasets that may not otherwise be obvious in single-variate maps. However, they also increase the reader’s cognitive load for understanding the visualization. This presentation will demonstrate the benefits and limitations of composite symbols with two unique examples. I will show how to visualize electoral swing for multiple parties within a single symbol using data from U.S. presidential elections (2000-2020), and demonstrate how to effectively represent overall progress in multi-phase projects using composite symbols in web maps.

Slippy Maps, Cartographic Mediums & Computation
Brandon Liu, Protomaps LLC
Multi-resolution slippy maps are the most ubiquitous examples of cartography on the web. Despite their wide presence, tiled webmaps are designed using a narrow set of tools separate from GIS and illustration software. In this talk, I'll reflect on the greatest hits of rules-based slippy mapping, including tools like Mapnik, CartoCSS, JSON styles and even GLSL shaders. I'll investigate how each makes tradeoffs between expressiveness and ease of use, and how they adapt to the skillsets of GIS professionals, web designers or graphics programmers. Finally, I’ll show how these have influenced the design of Protomaps JS, a new open-source take on cartography-as-computation.

Client-side cartography for high volume map applications
John Branigan, Mapbox
Vector tiles, encoded with attribute data, are an interactive and queryable spatial data store. Using data encoded directly into the tiles reduces the overhead of tiling servers and databases. The result is interactive, data-driven, and serverless mapping apps. Learn how to join additional data in the browser for client-side rendering. This approach enables up-to-date choropleths for ever-changing data without having to reprocess geometries.

This session is co-moderated by Lourdes Ginart (in-person) & Mamata Akella (remote/Slack)
Slack channel: #nacis2021-session-styleservemapdata

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Kristian Ekenes

Product Engineer, Esri
Kristian Ekenes is a Product Engineer on the ArcGIS API for JavaScript at Esri. His work focuses on mapping, visualization, and Arcade. Prior to joining Esri he worked as a GIS Specialist for an environmental consulting company. He enjoys cartography, GIS analysis, and building GIS... Read More →

Brandon Liu

Protomaps LLC

Friday October 15, 2021 10:40am - 12:00pm CDT
Crystal Ballroom, 2nd floor

10:40am CDT

Panel: A More Inclusive Career Panel
A More Inclusive Career Panel
Vanessa Knoppke-Wetzel,
Please join Vanessa Knoppke-Wetzel, Tanya Buckingham, Rosemary Wardley, Hannah Dormido, and Bill Limpisathian in their discussions about their careers and their respective histories. Speakers will also talk about "less often discussed" (negative) issues that they have experienced throughout their careers, in order to share examples in solidarity. Please note, this career panel is a safe space, and we encourage underrepresented groups to attend and ask questions, including, but not limited to: BIPOC, women, persons with disabilities, and persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity.

Slack channel: #nacis2021-panel-inclusivecareer

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Vanessa Knoppke-Wetzel

Cartographer and Graphic Designer, Vanessa Knoppke-Wetzel
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.

Tanya Buckingham Andersen

UW Madison Cart Lab
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Rosemary Wardley

Cartographer/ Graphics Editor, National Geographic
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Hannah Dormido

Data Visualization Journalist, Hannah Dormido
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Bill Limpisathian

University of Oregon
Ph.D. candidate at the University of Oregon researching neuro-cognition of cartographic visual contrast. My M.S. thesis at Penn State with Dr. Cindy Brewer studied the perception of cartographic visual contrast. I formerly worked for Apple Maps as a cartographic data analyst coordinating... Read More →

Friday October 15, 2021 10:40am - 12:00pm CDT
Grand Ballroom ABC, 2nd floor

12:00pm CDT

NACIS Board Meeting II
Friday October 15, 2021 12:00pm - 2:00pm CDT

12:00pm CDT

Lunch Bunch
Join fellow NACIS members for lunch on Friday!  We're reserving tables—outdoors where possible—at a few nearby restaurants, with each one led by a veteran NACIS member to talk about anything that comes up.  A great opportunity for first-timers or those who want to network or be social.  Sign up sheets will be available at the registration desk on Thursday - sign up by 10:00 on Friday to get a seat in the restaurant you like!

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Molly O'Halloran

Molly O'Halloran, Inc.
NACIS Board member, 2019–2021

Friday October 15, 2021 12:00pm - 2:00pm CDT

12:00pm CDT

Lunch on your own
A map of local eateries is located in the printed program and online Sched.

Friday October 15, 2021 12:00pm - 2:00pm CDT

2:00pm CDT

Fire & Other Hazards
Mapping Black Summer: Use of Emergency Bushfire Mapping Apps in Victoria, Australia
Amy Griffin, Bianca Fichera, Darcy Merlo, Erica Kuligowski, RMIT University
Bushfires are a recurring threat to populations across much of the continent of Australia. In the 2019-2020 summer, Australia suffered one of its worst fire seasons on record and large numbers of people and properties were at risk. Bushfire emergency mapping apps have become a common tool that emergency management agencies use to communicate with the public, but little is known about who uses the apps, when they use them, and for what purposes. Moreover, the information needs vary among different groups such as local residents or tourists holidaying in the area. Our talk will present the results of a pair of studies that aimed to understand the contexts in which people use these apps and what information they are seeking when they use them.

Wildfire Fire Progression Maps: A Spatial and Temporal Tool for Incident Storytelling
Cassandra Hansen, Johns Hopkins University, Paul Doherty, NAPSG, German Whitley, GISCorps Holly Torpey, GISCorps
Accurate wildfire information is critical to both the Incident Management Team (IMT) and the affected community. Underlying the fire perimeter polygons of fire progression maps lies a rich dataset. With increasingly sophisticated information systems, GIS can be used as a web platform for sharing geographic information in new and innovative ways. Fire mapping features enable progression maps to capture not only daily snapshots, but also the evolution of the incident through sequenced daily fire polygons. From these polygons one may analyze both daily fire activity and overall incident trends. This presentation examines the use of fire progression maps as a storytelling tool through incident case studies and applied cartographic methodology.

Designated Market Areas (DMAs) and Severe Weather Coverage: Broadcast Meteorologists Decision-Making during Tornado Outbreaks
Victoria Johnson, University of Oklahoma, Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability
After the severe weather outbreak in Oklahoma on 20-22 May 2019, it seemed appropriate to study the way broadcast meteorologists communicate tornado risks to various communities within their designated market area (DMA). This paper utilizes a qualitative GIS-based methodology to produce a thematic analysis containing cartographic illustrations of broadcast meteorologists' spatial knowledge. Specifically, this paper provides context for understanding where local broadcast meteorologists focus their attention geographically, and why, particularly by analyzing how they utilize their DMA to provide adequate and consistent reporting to communities throughout a severe weather event.

Backfire: The Age of Megafires
Grga Basic, Urban Theory Lab, University of Chicago, Bruce Albert, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD, France), François-Michel Le Tourneau, French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS-Arizona), Adam Vosburgh, Columbia University
Fire is an ancient human tool; but as climate change accelerates, fire is now an existential, planetary threat. "Backfire: The Age of Megafires" is a short geospatial documentary commissioned by the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain for the exhibition "Trees." It develops a choreographed, cartographic narrative that moves between scales to analyze the devastating effects of wildfires in eight regions on six continents. Each location serves as a narrative lens exemplifying one aspect of the megafires phenomenon and as a striking visual reminder of the climate crisis that threatens to destroy Earth’s forests forever.

Cartographic Generalization for Mapping Coastal Change Hotspots: An Automated Buffer Series on Global Surface Water Data
David Retchless, Nicholas Wellbrock, Texas A&M University at Galveston
We present a method to identify coastal embayments and quantify coastal change therein. We apply the approach of Perkal (1958), as refined by Christensen (1999) and Mitropoulos (2005): epsilon-convex areas produced using a buffer series to identify bends along a coastal boundary. By applying an iterative series of buffer sizes, a nested hierarchy of embayed waters is developed, supporting classification of coastal waters by “embayment order” (analogous to stream order) and other criteria (e.g. fresh-water input). To identify coastal change hotspots – including effects of sea level rise and coastal development – comparisons are made across embayments of different orders. The method is validated through application to coastal South Korea.

This session is co-moderated by Mary Beth Cunha (in-person) & Kelsey Taylor (remote/Slack)
Slack channel: #nacis2021-session-fireotherhazards

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Amy Griffin

RMIT University
I'm an academic researcher and educator who specializes in understanding the perceptual and cognitive processes used when people work with maps. I'm a past president of NACIS and the current editor of the society's scholarly journal, Cartographic Perspectives.
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Cassandra Hansen

GIS and ESP Program Coordinator and Instructor, Johns Hopkins University

Victoria Johnson

University of Oklahoma, Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability

Grga Basic

Urban Theory Lab, University of Chicago

David Retchless

Texas A&M University at Galveston

Friday October 15, 2021 2:00pm - 3:40pm CDT
Grand Ballroom ABC, 2nd floor

2:00pm CDT

Mapping Applications I
Cool satellite image, now what?
Inge van Daelen, Red Geographics
Here at Red Geographics we've introduced the concept Friday Funday. This day is reserved for learning new things. However, what was supposed to be a nice friday afternoon somewhere in july, turned into a whole side business. Thanks to Tom Patterson and his Landsat tutorial, I discovered my creative side A few months later we had many cool satellite images that were just taking up space on the hard drive. We decided to actually use them and create Blue Geographics. So let me show you how the process went and what we've been up to!

It's (not) all black and white: our greyscale mapping adventures
Hans van der Maarel, Red Geographics
Through word-of-mouth, chance and sometimes pure luck we've done a number of greyscale map projects in the past years, mainly for academic publications but also for a historic fiction novel. Aside from having to convey a lot of information through greyscale, there is the added challenge of doing so on a small surface area, the uncertainty of the final print quality and the often very esoteric subjects with hard to find source data and reference maps. But we enjoy a challenge!

Empowering Mapmakers with Maps for Adobe
Anna Breton, Esri
Today I'll demonstrate new features in ArcGIS Maps for Adobe, including vector tiles in Illustrator. I’ve been fortunate to witness the evolution of Maps for Adobe since close to its inception. As an intern on the team four years ago, I couldn’t imagine the extent to which I would be involved all these years later. Now, I’m a member of the team as a product engineer. My personal background allows me a unique perspective on the product’s design capabilities, but the product is much more than a just a design tool. We’ve grown to provide support for ArcGIS Pro and Enterprise in addition to other advanced capabilities, empowering cartographers, graphic designers, and GIS professionals. I look forward to demonstrating our new features with you.

Mapping Botanical Gardens with a Mobile GPS Mapper
Dave Asheim and Anna Busby, Engage by Cell
To reduce the expense and waste of paper maps and to provide a more engaging experience, botanical gardens and other cultural venues are turning to digital maps to enhance the visitor experience. In this presentation, Daphne Harper, Senior Mobile Solutions Consultant with Engage by Cell, will describe use cases at Brenton Arboretum, Naples Botanical Garden, and Missouri Botanical Garden where venues are using a GPS Mapper to guide and educate visitors. A map created on the GPS mapper platform is accessible via text. Users receive a link and click through to see themselves moving through an geographic area within Google Maps. Conference attendees will learn how to create and customize GPS Mapper for any venue.

This session is co-moderated by Nathaniel Douglass (in-person) & Martha Bostwick (remote/Slack)
Slack channel: #nacis2021-session-mappingapps1


Dave Asheim

Engage by Cell
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Hans van der Maarel

Red Geographics
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Inge van Daelen

GIS-cartographer, Red Geographics
Already been in the field for 2.5 years.Still as much fun as when I first started and I keer learning new things.

Friday October 15, 2021 2:00pm - 3:40pm CDT
Centennial Ballroom, 2nd floor

2:00pm CDT

Mapping for All
How do you create a map for someone who cannot read?
Tanya Buckingham Andersen, UW Madison Cart Lab, Vanessa Knoppke-Wetzel, Mapbox
A nurse desires a map to share with her patients at a free clinic. She explains that she knows there are supportive services distributed all around her community like food, clothing, shelter, and additional medical support. There is just one problem; many of her patients cannot read. Join our talk to learn the process that a small group of cartographers undertook to create maps for people who cannot read, starting with understanding visual literacy and symbol identification, wayfinding, and map distribution under limited resources. Additionally, learn about ways that community groups have partnered with our team over the years in the University of Wisconsin Cartography Lab to further their cause through maps.

Approaches for Inclusivity with National Park Maps
Joe Milbrath, Jim Eynard, US National Park Service
The National Park Service produces millions of printed brochure maps each year to assist visitors as they navigate and interpret a park. In recent years, we've pursued new approaches to make NPS maps more inclusive and more accessible to a diverse audience. This presentation will focus on our latest efforts to include native place names and perspectives, and recent attempts to convert complex park maps to accessible formats including PDFs, and tactile maps.

Queer Maps and Mapping Queerly
Jack Swab, University of Kentucky
Queer is both a noun and a verb. To queer something is to bring it into question, to challenge our conception of what is normative. As a noun, it has historically been considered a slur, but is increasingly being reclaimed as an inclusive term for all members of the LGBTQ+ community. So what does it mean to queer cartography? And what does it mean to map queerly? To answer these questions, I examine historical maps with queer subjects, asserting that it means a commitment to looking beyond the visual of the map itself and requires a recalibration of our conceptions of space and the practice of cartography itself.

Mapping an Echo Chamber: How Cartographic Silence Frames Right-Wing Media’s Climate Change Denial
Katie Quines, Carolyn Fish, University of Oregon
With data journalism’s rising popularity, the media’s maps may influence scientific discourse, yet few studies have evaluated how the media uses maps to either affirm or deny climate change. Given the conservative media’s increasing influence on American discourse, we investigated how the far right media uses maps in articles about climate change using content analysis. Results indicate that the right’s climate change discourse is defined by its virtually nonexistent map production and misuse of others’ maps to deny climate change. We argue that this silence and misuse may spread disinformation and reinforce the echo chamber of climate change denial by reducing its debate from an evaluation of the scientific data to a war of mere ideology.

A “feminist toolkit” for mapping farmed animal sanctuary
Heather Rosenfeld, Smith College
Queer theorist and self-proclaimed feminist killjoy Sara Ahmed (2017) suggests that a feminist toolkit is a matter of feminist survival, and that it often entails nontraditional tools or queering tools. Following Ahmed, I developed a feminist toolkit for mapping facilities that rescue and care for animals used in agriculture. In this talk, I unpack this toolkit. I focus on cartographic techniques such as symbol development, reorientation, and making uncertainty visible. I also briefly discuss how I situate geographic maps alongside conceptual mapping techniques from science and technology studies, and, finally, recognize the importance of a deliberate politics of citation and inspiration.

This session is co-moderated by Patrick Kennelly (in-person) & Harrison Cole (remote/Slack)
Slack channel: #nacis2021-session-mapping4all


Tanya Buckingham Andersen

UW Madison Cart Lab

Joe Milbrath

National Park Service

Jack Swab

University of Kentucky

Heather Rosenfeld

Smith College

Friday October 15, 2021 2:00pm - 3:40pm CDT
Crystal Ballroom, 2nd floor

3:40pm CDT

Afternoon Break
Friday October 15, 2021 3:40pm - 4:00pm CDT
Grand Ballroom Foyer, 2nd floor

4:00pm CDT

NACIS Commons Session 3
Join together with other attendees to set up an ad hoc informal gathering on a topic that interests you. Maybe you want to discuss your favorite map projections with fellow enthusiasts, or maybe you're a student who wants to create a space to network with other students and share advice. Reserve the NACIS Commons and add whatever you think our conference is missing! A sign-up sheet will be available on-site and reservations are first come, first served.

The Commons area will be provided with some chairs, a flipchart, and some markers. When the room is not in use, the Commons also serves as a quieter space to sit and chat away from the more crowded areas.

Slack channel: #nacis2021-commons

Friday October 15, 2021 4:00pm - 5:20pm CDT
Grand Ballroom ABC, 2nd floor

4:00pm CDT

Big Ideas
On the existence of cartography.
Mark Denil, sui generis
In 2003, Denis Wood announced that cartography was dead. In 2019 Matthew Edney declared that cartography never existed. What are we to make of such astonishing claims? What evidence do these gentlemen bring to the table in support of their assertions? What is cartography, anyway? Is it some sort of hallucination? Why should anyone bother with theories about something that doesn’t exist—or is dead. This paper will rake over the evidence and remains with the aim of throwing some light on these murky matters.

Wild World: a confluence of art, geography, and nature
Anton Thomas,
After years drawing a vast map of North America, it was time for a new project. And so commenced a map I had dreamed of since childhood: Wild World. It is a map about nature. This is my vision of a physical world map – instead of city skylines, hundreds of wild animals wander the Earth, its geography painstakingly hand-illustrated. From mountains to deserts to rainforests, the planet is drawn in vivid detail. Careful labeling outlines Earth’s geography, with the hope it can be an effective world map for reference and learning, along with showcasing wildlife and landscapes. As the project winds towards completion, we will take a world tour. As we encounter countless animals, I will discuss what the map is about and how it is made.

Map Everything and Map Nothing
Steven R Holloway, toMake™ Press
houghts on Right MAP Making. This talk addresses what we include and what we exclude on maps and why we should consider this issue carefully. Not mapping (leaving unmapped) and mapping “everything” are fundamental elements of any and all maps. These two factors are of contemporary concern: 1) Acknowledging that some places are best left unmapped, undeveloped, off-limits and in the sole domain of the other-than-human, we choose not to map these places as a tithe. 2) Recognizing that all places are interwoven, interconnected and in constant change in a matrix of known and unknown elements, we deliberately include both "economic and uneconomic” parts.

Volunteering with NACIS
Leo Dillon, Retired, Daniel Huffman, somethingaboutmaps
Would you like to get more deeply involved with NACIS, but don’t know how to go about it? NACIS runs almost entirely on volunteer service, and this presentation will lay out some of the ways you can contribute to your Society. We’ll explain how the NACIS Board operates, the roles and responsibilities of each of the executive officers and officers of the Board, and other important initiatives which need volunteer help, including conference-related activities. There’s something for everyone who wants to get engaged, or you can make up your own initiative or activity!

This session is co-moderated by Leo Dillon (in-person) & Amy Griffin (remote/Slack)
Slack channel: #nacis2021-session-bigideas

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Mark Denil

sui generai
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Anton Thomas

Artist Cartographer, Anton Thomas Art
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Leo Dillon

NACIS Past President, None

Friday October 15, 2021 4:00pm - 5:20pm CDT
Crystal Ballroom, 2nd floor

4:00pm CDT

Mapping Applications II
Mapping in Master and Urban Planning: A Private Sector Perspective
Lourdes Ginart, The Urban Collaborative, LLC
This talk aims to discuss the challenges and rewards of mapping in a master and urban planning environment. I aim to discuss the intricacies of communicating with a wide variety of stakeholders and disciplines, prioritizing cartographic design as much as technical information, producing large quantities of maps for diverse and technical audiences, and performing geospatial analysis for federal projects that require adherence to the Unified Facilities Criteria and SDSFIE data models. The goal is to illustrate how highly technical maps and geospatial analysis can be informative, aesthetically pleasing, and evolve with best practices in cartography all while communicating technical information to a wide audience.

Visualizing Broadband Speeds in Rural Nebraska
Jesse Andrews, Angela K. Hollman, Timothy R. Obermier, Paul R. Burger, University of Nebraska at Kearney
This project attempts to measure and visualize internet speeds in rural Nebraska. We have performed two pilot studies to test an inexpensive technology that can measure individuals' internet speed at a temporal scale and accuracy heretofore unavailable to researchers. This project is the first to measure actual rural consumer speeds over an extended geographic area. The visualizations provided by this project can assist governments in discovering areas with poor internet service at spatial scales, heretofore impossible, and potentially assist in prioritizing rural areas with the most need for upgraded broadband service.

An Open-Source Scripting Toolkit for Mapping Capital Flows
Camille Kaplan, Independent
A constellation of developers, banks, and private individuals profit from displacement and enclosure but remain unaccountable and invisible to the communities harmed by their actions. Drawing on examples from Dallas, Texas, this talk will showcase Python scripts, data sources, and visualization techniques for revealing who participates in the destructive activities that define urban redevelopment and the strategies used to gain control of local real estate markets. Attendees will leave with a workflow for turning messy public data into forensic tools for analyzing and mapping the flow of real estate capital into communities.

Hydrography on Apple's new Globe
Kristin Landgren Martinez, Jialu Tan, Apple
Apple Maps debuted an enhanced globe and physical map display in iOS 15. This presentation will focus on the cartographic curation of oceans, seas, lakes, and rivers, and how the display of these features on the globe presented new challenges for the Cartography team. The team hand-curated labels for important ocean, sea, and lake features and developed methods to scale labeling. Rivers, new to the low zoom map, were researched to determine inclusion and significance. Together with updated styling, this curation forms a clear, progressive hierarchy that allows users to explore the physical world of the globe.

This session is co-moderated by Bill Limpisathian (in-person) & Nathaniel Douglass (remote/Slack)
Slack channel: #nacis2021-session-mappingapps2


Lourdes Ginart

The Urban Collaborative, LLC
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Jesse Andrews

University of Nebraska Kearney

Camille Kaplan


Friday October 15, 2021 4:00pm - 5:20pm CDT
Centennial Ballroom, 2nd floor

6:00pm CDT

9:00pm CDT

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 15, 2021 9:00pm - 10:30pm CDT
Centennial Ballroom, 2nd floor
Saturday, October 16

9:00am CDT

Field Trip to Oklahoma State University Maps and Spatial Data Department
The Oklahoma State University Library’s Maps and Spatial Data department recently completed an expansion. Thanks to the generosity of the McCasland Foundation, we now have a public space for map use and viewing, as well as two high performance workstations dedicated to the GIS and cartography needs of the university community. As Maps and Spatial Data Curator at the library, I want to share our new space as well as our fabulous collections and beautiful campus. We will depart together from Oklahoma City Saturday morning at 9:00 and arrive in Stillwater an hour later. We will take a look at our map collection, which is one of the largest sets of Oklahoma and Indian Territory maps in the world, as well as learn about some of the Library’s innovative map and GIS related projects. Then we will take a tour of the OSU campus and learn about the rich cartographic history of the university. At the end of the trip, we will eat lunch as a group at The Hideaway, one of the state’s oldest pizza places. Our anticipated arrival back to Oklahoma City will be 3pm.

Saturday October 16, 2021 9:00am - 3:00pm CDT
Oklahoma State University Maps and Spatial Data Library
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