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Wednesday, October 16

7:00pm PDT

Conference Opening and Keynote by Kate Harris
The Conference kicks off with a welcome from your NACIS president, followed by a keynote presentation from Kate Harris, writer and wanderer.

Wednesday October 16, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Pavilion AG
Thursday, October 17

9:00am PDT

Cartographic Research: Landscapes
Usability evaluation of an interactive map of land use/land cover change: a tale of designing for change
Presenter: Mungandi Nasitwitwi, RMIT University
Co-presenters: Amy Griffin, RMIT University; David Medyckyj-Scott, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research; Andrew Cowie, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research
Interactive maps can be helpful tools for supporting effective land management at local, regional or national scales. But mapping land use/land cover change (LULCC) is challenging. We evaluated the usability of a tool designed by Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research that mapped LULCC in New Zealand from 1997-2013 to see if participants could solve spatial, temporal and thematic tasks using the interactive map. Our study investigated the effectiveness, efficiency and user satisfaction that the map supported. We identified a number of usability challenges that map users experienced and suggest design changes that might make the tool more usable.

GIS-supported methods for understanding empty spaces on maps
Presenter: Sterling Quinn, Central Washington University
Brian Harley's quip that "there is no such thing as an empty space on a map" invites critical inquiry into which places are being left blank in popular reference maps, and why. I propose several GIS methods to identify consistently empty areas in print and digital maps of Washington State made by Google, Microsoft, Rand McNally, and others. I then examine the physical and human geographies of these places through intersections with demographic, economic, and ecological datasets. I also discuss interdisciplinary possibilities for combining maps, photographs, and ethnographies to communicate the value and meanings ascribed to these places.

Re-mapping the Global Arid Landscape
Presenter: Samantha Solano, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
The global arid landscape, because of homogenizing methods of cartographic representation, has been mis-understood and simplified into homogenizing classifications such as barren, open, and void. These reductive representations have reduced this diverse rich landscape into territories that are prime for urban operations that exploit its vacancy and ignore its fragilities. How we choose to map, represents what is to be valued, therefore through a series of critical cartograhies of the arid - mapping patterns of occupation and ecological value - this presentations methodology aims to bring awareness and urgency to the issues impacting current and future arid landscape urban interventions.

The Look of Earth
Presenter: Tim Wallace, Descartes Labs
What does our planet look like – what are its distinguishing features, its quirks and flukes? What if you could teach a machine learning algorithm to understand and recreate the look of Earth? At Descartes Labs, we're finding out and we're thrilled to share some results with you.

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Sterling Quinn

Assistant Professor - Geography, Central Washington University

Samantha Solano

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Tim Wallace

Descartes Labs

Mungandi Nasitwitwi

Geography Instructor, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Thursday October 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:20am PDT
Pavilion EF

9:00am PDT

Map Design I
Empowerment Through Design: A Case for Participatory Cartography
Presenter: Amber Bosse, University of Kentucky
Participatory mapping is commonly leveraged to incorporate the voices of marginalized populations into spatial representations and decision-making conversations. While participatory mapping's ability to empower communities has been demonstrated in a diversity of contexts, testimony of these successes often privileges broader considerations of engagement, consequently overlooking the role of the map and its design. Through an examination of 35 interviews with participatory mappers, I reveal how lack of clarity around map design creates challenges and contradictions for empowerment. As such, I propose a framework for participatory cartography: a practice that leverages the power of map design in support of marginalized communities.

Incorporating Imagery in a Design-Friendly Way
Presenter: Soren Walljasper, National Geographic
Aerial imagery is often looked down on in the cartographic world. We can all think of that annotated google-earth screenshot where one can hardly make out the feature that the map is trying to show. However, imagery can also be a powerful tool for texture, detail, and unique design. National Geographic has several ways they incorporate various types of imagery into their maps and graphics while still achieving a clear visual hierarchy and congruence with other elements on the page. This presentation covers some of the design techniques employed to take advantage of imagery in a cartographic way.

On Launching a Monochrome Mapping Competition
Presenter: Daniel P. Huffman, somethingaboutmaps
I love the elegant simplicity, and the challenge, of monochrome cartography. However, I fear that it often doesn't get the recognition it deserves, living in the shadow of more colorful efforts. So, I decided to remedy that this year by launching a competition restricted to monochrome maps. I'll be talking about how it went, the amazing people who devoted their time to making it possible, and the important role that representation plays in establishing the credibility that a competition relies upon.

It's A Tiled World After All
Presenter: Jonah Adkins
Join me on this slow moving boat ride to hear stories and lessons learned from a few large projects creating vector tile basemaps. This presentation will show vector tiles made using ArcGIS Pro, Maputnik (and Mapbox Studio), and Tangram Play, with map data provided by OpenStreetMap, HERE, and local data sources. I'll share major takeaways from my experience learning and working with each and end with some fun cartographic techniques that are sure to get stuck in your head. It's A Tiled World After All.

What Are Your Gradient Maps Saying About Your Data?
Presenter: Melanie Smith, National Audubon Society
There are many available options for classifying continuous data on maps using a gradient of colors or symbols. Common classification methods include quantile, isopleth, geometric interval, equal interval, natural breaks, and standard deviation. Based on the distribution of your data, the method you choose can have a substantial impact on the message you are sending and the interpretation of those data. I will compare several methods for classifying continuous data relevant to wildlife conservation and discuss how the cartographic choices may impact a resource manager's interpretation.

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Daniel P. Huffman

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Amber Bosse

NSF Graduate Research Fellow, University of Kentucky
As a PhD Candidate at the University of Kentucky, my dissertation examines how map design is conceptualized and negotiated within participatory mapping projects. When I'm not thinking/reading/writing about critical cartography, I can be found swing dancing or watching Forged in F... Read More →

Soren Walljasper

National Geographic
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Jonah Adkins

Hi! I'm a cartographer from Newport News, Virginia. I'm very interested in community mapping topics and currently serve as a Board Member for OpenStreetMap US, so talk to me about OpenStreetMap!

Melanie Smith

National Audubon Society

Thursday October 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:20am PDT
Pavilion Room D

9:00am PDT

Web and Mobile Mapping
How to Make Beautiful Maps for Any Screen
Presenter: Mira Rojanasakul, Bloomberg News
Co-presenter: Jeremy Lin, Bloomberg News
Making maps informative, responsive and beautiful for screens presents many challenges – can the Grand Canyon fit into 300px? Will my detailed hillshade load over 3G? But we're reading online now more than ever – and working digitally affords us the opportunity to create innovative narrative experiences. With proper UI, each device can act as a window into vast geographies. By manipulating scrolling and animation, we can guide readers through densely layered information in focused bite – building arguments and revealing spatial relationships over time. In this session, we'll discuss how the Bloomberg graphics team takes advantage of web maps as a tool for storytelling.

Protecting Privacy in Maps Using Geographic Masks
Presenter: David Swanlund, Simon Fraser University
Co-presenters: Nadine Schuurman, Simon Fraser University; Mariana Brussoni, University of British Columbia
Recent research has clearly demonstrated that individuals' geoprivacy is routinely violated due to sensitive data being published in maps. These privacy violations are easily avoided by using geographic masks, which anonymize sensitive data such that it can be published safely. Adoption of these methods, however, remains limited. This presentation will describe an open-source web application that geographically masks users' sensitive spatial data in mere minutes such that it can be shared safely. It operates completely on the client-side using Javascript to ensure full confidentiality, and offers researchers and data stewards vital privacy methods that may otherwise be inaccessible.

Turn right at the Dunkin Donuts? Branded points of interest in mobile map navigation
Presenter: Craig Dalton, Hofstra University
Mobile Map applications, such as Google Maps and Waze, are increasingly common tools for everyday wayfinding. Such applications employ myriad points of interest (POIs), most often businesses, in direct connection to the parent company's targeted advertising strategy, and now in turn-by-turn directions. How does this new economy of data impact the kinds of features users employ in as they situate themselves and navigate? Does the emphasis on business POIs on the map subsequently make those locations more prominent in users' understandings of the geography around them? This paper presents initial results in the midst of a larger study.

Visual Hierarchies in Interactive Web-based 3D Mapping
Presenter: Ondrej Prochazka, Melown Technologies SE
Modern WebGL-based representative 3D mapping has taken little notice of time-proven rules of cartography, as if arbitrary viewing angles could somehow obliterate the need to convey a clear hierarchy of features. In this talk we will show how that long-standing shortcoming may be overcome using solely open-source software. From the choice of a basemap through the definition of intellectual and visual hierarchies to the coding of visual style, we will show how to produce 3D maps which aspire not only to the aesthetic appeal but also to the information value of a real cartographic product.

Offline Maps for Mobile – Making Maps That Are Mobile First
Presenter: Rob Chohan, RobLabs.com
Our mobile maps are designed with mobile in mind from the beginning. "Mobile First" means that all map data is embedded in the app and the customer's experience is great once they download the app. "Mobile First" also means that the map data is presented without a server; truly serverless maps. If the application is backcountry hiking or search and rescue, then the customer is ready to "go well prepared" We use OpenStreetMap data and other open data such as Authoritative Trails data from the US Forest Service and US Geologic Survey.


Mira Rojanasakul

Bloomberg News

David Swanlund

Simon Fraser University

Craig Dalton

Hofstra University
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Ondrej Prochazka

Melown Technologies SE
I am a software engineer and outdoor enthusiast with a life-long attraction to digital cartography. I co-founded Melown Technologies, a 3D mapping company which has recently become part of Hexagon Geosystems. I have a special interest in mountain maps.

Rob Chohan


Thursday October 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:20am PDT
Pavilion Room A

10:40am PDT

Map Design II
Mapping the Silicon Prairie
Presenter: Marc Marean, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
The Silicon Prairie, in the last five years, has become a normalized and associated place-name with startup culture in the Great Plains and the Midwest. However, ambiguity remains as to where this region predominantly is located from its early conception in the 1970's to the present. This presentation will give focus on the early history of the region, with the main emphasis detailing the mapping techniques using GIS as it relates to the Silicon Prairie's ties with the biological prairie, the changes in extents over time and associated place-based names as a means to understanding the study region.

Tough Cartography
Presenter: Heather Smith, Esri
A lot of artistic maps seek to imitate historic ones – usually the yellow-edged, copper-plate-engraved variety. But my eye is more often drawn to maps made in the pre-digital 20th century. And many of these maps were designed with the knowledge that they'd be printed on cheap paper with cheap ink. They had to be tough if they were going to be legible. Follow along as I imitate this style to map the mining history of the Mojave Desert.

The Dichotomy of Museum Map Design: Walk-by Maps versus Stop-and-Study Maps
Presenter: Daniel Cole, Smithsonian Institution
This discussion will present maps and GIS on display that provide the opportunity to educate about public study areas on a variety of themes (oceanography, biogeography, paleobiology, physical geography and geology, environment, history, human origins, and ancient cultures). These exhibits provide maps in several different formats: generalized maps from which visitors can glean spatial information from as they walk by; detailed maps that require visitors to stop and study so that more can be learned; along with interactive maps, story maps, and GIS. Maps help us navigate, but they can also serve as mediums of relationships between artifacts on display.

Designing a Surfing Map that Looks Deeper than the Waves
Presenter: Margot Carpenter, Hartdale Maps
Saco Bay's coastline is a hopscotch of headlands and sandy embayments that arc through 90º of the compass and offer numerous surf breaks that take advantage of the varying swell directions. Every surf location in the world is part of a larger geography and Maine's Saco Bay is no exception. When I decided to map "Surfing Saco Bay", I wanted to engage the viewer in this larger picture of underwater topography and wave dynamics. My presentation will highlight the initial sketches, the elements that frame the map, and the (bumpy) process for bridging terrestrial and bathymetric data and cartographic styles.

Reimagining College Campus Maps
Presenter: Tracy Tien, Smith College
Co-presenter: Jon Caris, Smith College
College campus maps are rendered stylistically (whether illustrated, planimetric, or whimsical), yet consistent in their intention – conveying idealized landscapes. Each iteration alters the accumulative spatial narrative of the institution, which explicitly and implicitly influences the collective purpose. Our work is motivated by unlearning the dominant narrative and rearticulating an alternative spatial understanding of our campus. We're using digitized landmarks to illuminate the intersections of physical persistence and temperamental institutional memory. By overlaying georeferenced historical maps from the college archives, we are draining the pleasant nonsense and digitally transforming a novel campus map that accounts for elasticity in time.

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Daniel G. Cole

GIS Coordinator, Smithsonian Institution
Daniel G. Cole is the GIS Coordinator and Chief Cartographer of the Smithsonian Institution (SI). He has worked in this position since 1990, and since 1986 has served as the research cartographer at SI. He has designed and created maps for multiple exhibits at the National Museum... Read More →
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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/

Tracy Tien

Spatial Data Specialist, Smith College
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Marc Marean

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Margot Carpenter

Hartdale Maps

Thursday October 17, 2019 10:40am - 12:00pm PDT
Pavilion Room D

10:40am PDT

Mapping Mountains
A Measure of Mount Everest in Ten Maps
Presenter: Alex Tait, National Geographic Society
Through the lens of ten of the most important maps in the history of cartography of Mount Everest (known also as Chomolongma in Tibet and Sagarmatha in Nepal), I will examine both the story of the technical aspects of mapping the highest mountain in the world and also how it emerged as the literal apex of the world, the most important peak on earth. Everest now garners more attention every year than any other mountain but its emergence on maps was slow compared to other high peaks of Asia and the world.

Creating a Subway Map for Mount Everest
Presenter: Sam Guilford, National Geographic Society
As part of National Geographic Society's scientific expedition to Mount Everest in the spring of 2019, we created a series of map graphics to track the movement of various expedition teams as they traveled around the Khumbu region in Nepal. This presentation will show the background, design process, and logistics that went into creating the graphics.

Standard elevation models for evaluating terrain representation
Presenter: Patrick Kennelley
Co-presenters: Tom Patterson, US National Parks Service (Ret.); Bernhard Jenny, Monash University; Daniel Huffman, somethingaboutmaps; Sarah Bell, Esri; Alexander Tait, National Geographic Society;
Brooke Marston
We have compiled and propose the use of standard elevation models to evaluate and compare the quality of various relief shading and other terrain rendering techniques. These datasets cover various landforms, will be open data, and are free of common data imperfections such as missing data values, resampling artifacts, and seams. Some datasets are available at multiple map scales over the same geographic area for multi-scale analysis. We hope that developers of new algorithms will use the standard elevation models to compare their results to previously existing methods and maps.

An Absurdly Tall Hiking Map of the Appalachian Trail
Presenter: John Nelson, Esri
Strip map travel guides have a long (wink) history with pilgrims of all sorts. This strip map walks the length of the Appalachian Trail in the spartan utilitarian mid-century vibes of a field notes pocket journal. Learn how and why this map (and others like it) was made, including the practical (wink) cartographic compromises, tricks, and general just-enough-ification that went into its concoction.

Rebuilding Hawaii Volcanoes National Park's Kilauea Caldera map after the Volcanic Eruptions of 2018
Presenter: Jim Eynard, US National Park Service
In May 2018, the lava lake in the Halema'uma'u Crater within the Kilauea Caldera abruptly drained. Shortly after, a volcanic eruption shot ash 30,000 feet into the air and volcanic activity continued for several months damaging buildings and roads in the vicinity and changing the overall landscape of the caldera drastically. After the volcanic activity ended, new lidar and aerial imagery was collected. This data was used to create an updated 3D map of the Kilauea Caldera area for the National Park Service brochure showing this new landscape.

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Patrick Kennelley

Professor, Long Island University
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Alex Tait

The Geographer, National Geographic Society

Jim Eynard

US National Park Service
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Sam Guilford

National Geographic Society

Thursday October 17, 2019 10:40am - 12:00pm PDT
Pavilion Room A

10:40am PDT

The Business and Pleasure of Mapping
Taking a leap – becoming an independent GIS "business"
Presenter: Rick Lederer-Barnes, Upstate GIS
Seven years ago, I took a leap that drastically changed my life – I walked away from a good job to start my own GIS / Cartography "company." I'd like to share with you some of the events that led to that decision, and why I have not once regretted making that decision. I'll share how I believe I have been able to successfully pull off sustaining a one-person shop and some of the things that could have gone better. Perhaps I'll inspire someone else to take a similar leap or provide reassurance to those that recently have.

Maps for sale! What I learned from running a digital map-selling website
Presenter: Hans van der Maarel, Red Geographics
In December of 2017 I got the opportunity to become co-owner of an existing website selling stock, digital, maps: OneStopMap.com. Jumping in at the deep end and learning as I went along I gained a lot of experience, not just about designing stock maps for unknown audiences but also about marketing and promotion. In this presentation I want to share some of that and talk you through the recent history of OneStopMap.com.

Green Trails Maps
Presenter: Nathaniel Douglass
Co-presenters: Chuck Kitterman and Alan Coburn, Green Trails Maps
Green Trails Maps is a Seattle based company, founded in 1973. As the first publisher of high-quality recreational topographical maps to Washington State, Green Trails Inc., now publishes more than 150 titles for the most spectacular mountain, beach and desert areas in North America. This presentation highlights some of our work over the past 46 years. Learn why people love these maps so much and what makes Green Trails Maps so special.

The Art of Map Printing - Colourful Reflections From Across the Pond
Presenter: Stephen Burry, Dennis Maps Ltd
Steve Burry is the CEO of Dennis Maps Ltd, the leading map printer in the UK. Join Steve as he shares some personal reflections on the wide variety of cartographic styles that he has the pleasure of working with every day. He will showcase a thoughtful selection of fascinating cartography and highlight the technology that is currently used in map printing. He will close by offering some insights on the exciting future of printed map production in our increasingly digital world.

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Hans van der Maarel

Red Geographics
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Rick Lederer-Barnes

Independent GIS Specialist & Environmental Planner, Upstate GIS
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Stephen Burry

Dennis Maps, Ltd.

Thursday October 17, 2019 10:40am - 12:00pm PDT
Pavilion EF

2:00pm PDT

Cartographic Education
Teaching Cartography for Interactive Web Maps
Presenter: Alicia Cowart
The recent proliferation of web mapping tools presents opportunities for students to engage with new technologies and gain cartographic design skills in a variety of media. This talk summarizes the outcomes and lessons learned from a new web cartography course taught at UC Berkeley in Spring 2019. The course emphasized cartographic principles as they apply to web maps, explored the capabilities and limits of web tools for representing geographic data, and examined how recent developments in geospatial technologies have influenced how we both use and produce maps. Students created their own thematic web map as a final project.

Crowd Sourced City: Learning by Doing for the Design and Technology of Public Space
Presenter: Sarah Williams, MIT Civic Data Design Lab
Co-presenter: Dylan Halpern, MIT Civic Data Design Lab
Crowd Sourced City: Civic Technology Prototyping was a semester-long course in MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning that developed a tactical urbanism intervention and utilized sensing technologies to map the performance of students' projects. This presentation synopsizes the structure of the course, student outcomes, and the potential for practice-based education of mapping public space. Through workshops on strategies from William Whyte and Jan Gehl, the class explored sensing, visualization/web mapping, and physical design. Results from the course include activity maps related to programmed activity, reports on how to replicate the project, and furniture remaining on the intervention site.

The role of interactive coding notebooks in data-to-map design flows
Presenter: Rich Donohue, University of Kentucky
New Maps Plus is an innovative online graduate certificate and degree program focusing on geospatial data wrangling and web mapping. This talk will share useful processes and insights for distance learning environments that prepare students for a dynamic, professional workforce. In particular, we will discuss the growing role of interactive coding notebooks within our curriculum to support web cartography, as well as and their integration within Git-supported development and distributed code repositories.

Thoughts on Working with Map Projections
Presenter: Fritz Kessler, Penn State University
Co-presenter: Sarah Battersby, Tableau
Working with map projections can be challenging, especially when map makers select a projection for their map. Selection guidelines do exist, but they do not recommend a single named projection or explain the rationale why particular projections are recommended (e.g., thematic maps require equivalent projections). Thus, to utilize existing selection guidelines, the map maker needs a working knowledge of projections. We present a holistic approach to selecting an appropriate projection by asking the map maker to consider how the phenomenon are spatially described (e.g., continuous - discrete), what symbolization method(s) will be used, and what are the intended map uses.

From Quiz to Collection: Linking archival resources, student analysis and online collections via interactive maps
Presenter: Nicholas Kohler, University of Oregon
Co-presenters: Joanna Merson, University of Oregon; Bianca Malkoc, University of Oregon
This presentation describes a project to develop interactive maps via student engagement with online archival resources such as historical periodicals, YouTube videos, and art collections for the class "Hike, Bike, Skate, Surf, Ski: Geographies of Adventure". Online quizzes were used to promote student critical student engagement with the varied materials and gather thematic information about individual archival items. The workflow combined open-source digital collections, programming, and webmapping tools (Omeka, Python, and Leaflet) to geocode these student-crowdsourced items, put them in an online content collection of examples, and build an ever-expanding interactive map to rapidly explore the collection.

Study Design: Spatial Analysis in K-12 Education
Presenter: Tesla DuBois, Consortium of Policy Research in Education (CPRE), Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania
School administrators and teachers do everything they can to provide a good learning environment within their school walls. But schools do not exist in isolation. They are set in the context of their city, neighborhood, and catchment area. This project explores the way that the location of a school impacts what happens inside the school walls. Here you will find a description of the process of using spatial analysis to answer the question, "Which community attributes account for variation in school level variables, and to what extent does each variable have influence?"

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Fritz Kessler

Senior Research Associate, Penn State University
Long-time NACIS member, former Cartographic Perspectives Editor, board member, and advocate, Section Editor of "Views on Cartographic Education" which is a forum for exchanging ideas on cartographic education, and most things map projections.
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Sarah Williams

Assistant Professor, MIT Civic Data Design Lab
Sarah Williams is currently an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and the Director of the Civic Data Design Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) School of Architecture and Planning School. The Civic Data Design Lab works with data, maps, and mobile technologies... Read More →

Alicia Cowart

University of Colorado Boulder

Rich Donohue

University of Kentucky

Nicholas Kohler

University of Oregon

Tesla DuBois

Consortium of Policy Research in Education (CPRE), Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania

Thursday October 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:40pm PDT
Pavilion EF
  Main Conference
  • about Long-time NACIS member, former Cartographic Perspectives Editor, board member, and advocate, Section Editor of "Views on Cartographic Education" which is a forum for exchanging ideas on cartographic education, and most things map projections.

2:00pm PDT

Practical Cartography Day (After)
Abnormal Cartography with Normal Maps
Presenter: Charles Preppernau, Esri
Normal maps are rasters in which the xyz components of the surface normal are written to the RGB channels. They are a map of surface orientation like the slope-aspect map, but without the discontinuity between 360° and 0°. Because of this, normal maps are well suited for use in raster analysis methods and relief representation. Up until the last few years they have not seen much use in cartography, despite the potential benefits that can be gained from working with orientation space in addition to height space. This presentation introduces some methods for using normal maps in relief shading, along with a Python toolbox for ArcGIS Pro for employing these methods

User Testing Techniques for Map Designs
Presenter: James Miller
Explore different types of user testing from quick and crowdsourced to long and moderated to underground and guerrilla. View results that show how testing small design decisions can lead to big impacts. Take part in a user test and see the results live during the session.

The why, what and how of ArcGIS Maps for Adobe
Presenter: Madhura Phaterpekar, Esri
We just turned 2.. well, 1.4. Since releasing ArcGIS Maps for Adobe, we have received a lot of great constructive feedback, including feedback from NACIS goers. In this talk, I'll share how we incorporated some of this feedback by sharing with you our capabilities that now include more content, visualization tools, and the ArcGIS Pro integration!

Mapping for Mobility
Presenter: Jon Bowen, Uber
The simple idea of hit a button get a ride has revolutionized how we get around cities, travel, and urban mobility as a whole. Unlocking and providing new forms of urban mobility has not only redefined how people perceive spatial information but has radically transformed how the maps that power these experiences are designed and built. I will walk you through how maps power our two sided marketplaces and explore why there is more opportunity now than ever before for cartography and maps in the growing world of on-demand marketplaces.

Pyro Globis
Presenter: Jeremy Goldsmith
Artisanal globe-making with a wood-burning pen, open source data, wooden spheres, sandpaper, and stains. Pyrographic globe-making, techniques grounded in traditional globe manufacturing and folk art, involves the burning of wood after transferring a charcoal/pencil stencil of data on to the sphere. A new and novel approach to the globe making process that encourages creativity, patience, dexterity, and crosses the digital divide.

Mapping and Positionality: A call for reflection and action
Presenter: Meghan Kelly, UW-Madison
Co-author: Amber Bosse, University of Kentucky
Positionality is a feminist term that recognizes the context, subjectivities, privileges, and biases that we bring to our work. Energy is building around feminist perspectives in design in areas like data feminism and design justice. Yet, there's a need for more feminist influence in cartography. In this talk, I'll introduce positionality, its impact on our work, and why we should care. Lastly, I'll present questions for us to reflect on and tangible actions to help us grapple with our cartographic positionality, both individually and as a community of mappers.

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Mamata Akella

Vice President / 2020 Program Chair, NACIS

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Jeremy Goldsmith

National Geographic
There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure and repose of nature. Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings... Read More →
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Meghan Kelly

PhD student and freelancer, UW-Madison

Thursday October 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:40pm PDT
Pavilion Room D

2:00pm PDT

Social Narratives
Merging GIS and Genealogy to Recreate a Forgotten Community
Presenter: Lauren Winkler, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Co-presenter: Tammy A. Hepps, HomesteadHebrews.com
Maps.HomesteadHebrews.com combines decades of genealogical data with GIS to rebuild a vanished street grid and recreate the forgotten Jewish community of Homestead, PA. Using Sanborn maps to create a historic address locator, plotting entries from city directories, and referencing the full range of genealogical sources, we have created an interactive tool to examine the changing settlement patterns of this community. This approach to visualizing genealogical data geospatially can aid in reconstructing the historical development of any community.

Many maps, many stories: Cartography, community, and reconciliation at Kent State
Presenter: Jennifer Mapes, Kent State University
We will discuss the challenges and opportunities of making maps with and for the community after a tragic event. Next year is the 50th anniversary of the National Guard shooting on the Kent State University campus. We combine our expertise in cartography, planning and peacebuilding to share, collect, and map stories of community members who experienced this event. This project reorients the emotionally-charged and often-controversial narrative of the days surrounding the shooting. We create maps that are a palimpsest of stories of our community -- collected in the past and present -- that connect to campus and downtown locations.

The Making of Prejudice and Pride in New York City
Presenter: Rosemary Wardley, National Geographic
Inspired by Jeff Ferzoco's 2018 NACIS presentation of his interactive OutgoingNYC map, National Geographic adapted this work into one of the first print maps tackling LGBTQ issues in the pages of its iconic Magazine. In this presentation you'll get a behind-the-scenes look at how the map of queer nightlife, titled Prejudice and Pride in New York City, was collaboratively pitched, researched, designed, and published.

Timeline Atlas: Plotting people's movements over time
Presenter: Stephen Cartwright, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Timeline Atlas (timelineatlas.com ) is an interactive art and mapping project that examines the movement of people over time. Participants may enter location and time information of events from their lives (birth, moves, etc.) to create their personal three-dimensional timeline. Individual timelines are included in an aggregated dynamic visualization that will help participants understand how the complexities of our interconnected personal geographies shape culture and our perceptions.

Thematic Paradigms of Tourism Imagery in Minnesota's Official Highway Maps, 1936-2019
Presenter: Josie Myers
Co-presenter: Ezra Zeitler, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Since 1936, the State of Minnesota's official highway map has included imagery that promotes aspects of the state's history and recreational amenities for tourists. To examine how the state has represented its environmental and cultural diversity in is maps, feminist approaches to critiquing visual information guided an examination of representation of peoples and places within the imagery. A manifest and latent content analysis was conducted on two dozen maps, and results reveal several overarching thematic paradigms that rely on a limited number of urban and rural places and underrepresent historically marginalized populations.

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Riley Champine

Graphics Editor, National Geographic Magazine

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Rosemary Wardley

Cartographer/ Graphics Editor, National Geographic
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Lauren Winkler

GIS Specialist, Michael Baker International
Recent graduate of UW-Madison's Online Master's Program in GIS and Web Map Programming with a research interest in bringing historic and cultural data to life through geovisualization
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Stephen Cartwright

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Stephen Cartwright’s work exists at the confluence of science and art, where hard data intersects with the intangible complexities of human experience. Since 1999 he has recorded his exact latitude, longitude and elevation every hour of every day. Cartwright incorporates his location... Read More →

Jennifer Mapes

Kent State University
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Josie Myers

Kent State University

Thursday October 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:40pm PDT
Pavilion Room A

4:00pm PDT

Cartographic History I
Tacoma Haiku: When Rails Meet Sails: City of Destiny
Presenter: John Cloud, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Anthropology Dept.
Historic cartography of Tacoma and environs reveals aspects of the region's history, but also conceals much: the contested stories of non-native conquest, fierce competition for commercial advantage and siting of railroads, and labor and racial strife. Suffice to say, the quintessential song of Tacoma remains a ballad of the Industrial Workers of the World, the IWW, or Wobblies, ending:
"No longer the slave to ambition,
I laugh at the world and its shams,
And think of my happy condition,
Surrounded by acres of clams".
The cartography of the clam beds, and much else, is instructive.

Mapping in Aid of Historical Research; Peter Britt's Vineyard
Presenter: MJ Daspit
Co-presenter: Neil Allen, Benchmark Maps
Southern Oregon is one of the most exciting wine producing areas of the country, thanks to Peter Britt, early pioneer viticulturist and winemaker considered by many the father of the Oregon wine industry. We know he had a vineyard near Jacksonville, but exactly where was it? It took digging into the historical surveys and records from the 1870's combined with modern cartography to recreate the answer to that question.

Toward a Network Theory of Map History: Optics, Wires, Electronics
Presenter: Mark Monmonier, Syracuse University
Maps and networks have converged markedly since the eighteenth century, when systematic wide-area triangulation emerged as an efficient strategy for integrating measurements of angles and distances. Three overlapping stages are apparent: an optical phase based on the telescope and aerial photography, a wired-circuit phase originally based on the electric telegraph (with switched networks and fiber-optic connections appearing later), and an electronics phase epitomized by topological databases, satellite positioning, and the algorithmic antecedents of autonomous systems. These phases frame a concise conceptual narrative in which technological change is interwoven with evolutionary (if not revolutionary) shifts in social, political, and scientific institutions.

Speculative Fiction Cartography: Mapping the State of Lafayette, 1928
Presenter: Victoria Johnson
As cartographers, we are often called upon to answer the important questions, like what if the Yucatan peninsula had broken off from Mexico and smashed into Florida's Gulf Coast? Join me for a walkthrough of my experience recreating cartographic design styles & trends of the 1920s for a fantasy mapping project involving alternate history, blatant geologic falsehoods, Art Deco typefaces, and at least 15 different ways to represent a swamp.

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Victoria Johnson

GIS Specialist, USAID

John Cloud

Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Anthropology Dept.
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Mark Monmonier

Distinguished Prof of Geography, Syracuse University
Last fall Esri Press published my Connections and Content: Reflections on Networks and the History of Cartography. I recently completed the manuscript for Clock and Compass: How John Byron Plato Gave Farmers a Real Address, and have been seeking a publisher. The university press with... Read More →

Thursday October 17, 2019 4:00pm - 5:20pm PDT
Pavilion Room A

4:00pm PDT

Cartographic Narratives
The Maps that are Saving the Earth
Presenter: Steven R Holloway, toMake Press
The meaning of a map is woven within its fabric; tree root, ki-o-te, kozo, bark, salty sea, cottonwood, brown bear, juniper berry. . . . like a song or a poem, the maps that will save the earth must be sung to be heard. At the moment they are festivals of joy, hope and delight. Listen and celebrate, because there is a crisis, a stain upon the fabric. Pass these maps around, let the folds wear, tear apart and shred. They are the new maps, the new hope. fACT NOW; there is time for only one map: the map that is saving the earth.

The "Best of" Boundary Disputes
Presenter: Marissa Wood, International Mapping
Join Marissa Wood, international boundary expert and project manager for Sovereign Limits, whose job title really should be "chief boundary nerd" for a talk on her favorite international land and maritime boundary disputes. Items discussed will include the big disputes – China-India-Pakistan – and small disputes, like Maracajú Reserve (Brazil-Paraguay), as well as enclaves, exclaves, and everything in between.

Rewriting Maps through Poetry
Presenter: Gregory Woolston, University of Washington - Seattle
This presentation considers how space is rewritten through poetry by examining two interactive maps, the Seattle Poetic Grid (https://www.seattlepoeticgrid.com) and Washington Poetic Routes (https://washingtonpoeticroutes.com) , made in collaboration with Seattle Civic Poet and Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna. As the scholar Taiyon J. Coleman explains, "[a] poem becomes a map when it crosses boundaries of identity and experience, when it shows us how to move through and beyond the spaces that keep us from one another." In both projects, poems rewrite the maps of Seattle and Washington with new moments, connections, and energies that challenge spatial conceptions.

/r/MapPorn: Behind the Scenes
Presenter: Patrick McGranaghan, Harris Kocher Smith
A look behind the popular subreddit MapPorn. /r/MapPorn is the most popular mapping related place on Reddit with over half a million subscribers. Includes a discussion on some of the community events around the subreddit, notable events and popular trends. Stick around for a "Where in the World" trivia round. A map of a place will be displayed and attendees will be invited to find the location.


Steven R Holloway

toMake Press

Gregory Woolston

University of Washington - Seattle

Marissa Wood

International Mapping

Patrick McGranaghan

Harris Kocher Smith

Thursday October 17, 2019 4:00pm - 5:20pm PDT
Pavilion EF

4:00pm PDT

Map Design III
Drone mapping at The Washington Post
Presenter: Lauren Tierney, The Washington Post
With the emergence of drone technology, journalists are exploring how aerial imagery and photogrammetry can elevate visual storytelling. In April 2018 The Washington Post published "What Remains of Bears Ears" which utilized this technology to model and map areas now excluded from Bears Ears National Monument. This presentation will examine how drone technology was utilized for this and other projects at the Post, how this imagery can be incorporated into maps and visual storytelling, and when it may not be the best way to visualize something.

Cartography for Digital Transit Maps
Presenter: Ryan Crowther, Apple
Transit maps are integral to the urban experience, helping shape the collective understanding of a city. Traditional transit maps are beloved and highly recognizable, but with their static nature they quickly fall out of date and fail to incorporate current and real time information. Conversely, many modern mapping applications seem mechanized, rigid, and impersonal. The Apple Maps Transit feature aims to find a balance between algorithms and hand curation in order to create an advanced yet still iconic and beautiful map. This talk covers the considerations that Cartographers at Apple Maps undertake in creating a thoughtful and useful transit experience.

Another new design for an old map
Presenter: Kenneth Field, Esri
Since Harry Beck's much lauded 1933 map of the London Underground there has been an incessant search for a new way to map its burgeoning growth. The official map has become cluttered. Many alternatives riff off the current map in some way, or recast it according to a specific style, structure or meme. Here, I offer another new design for the old map, throwing off many of Beck's original principles. I've built a new map from scratch using nails and thread! It's not been without criticism which I'll also explore because no map is made in a void.

A New Biomorphic Map of London
Presenter: Erik Steiner, Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis, Stanford University
Co-presenter: Nicholas Jenkins, Department of English, Stanford University
This talk focuses on a new map of London's neighborhoods we have created for an exploratory website on historic London. Piccadilly, Charing Cross, The Temple... this effort breathes life into these universally-appreciated districts as cultural and lived geographies whose extents are often invisible on modern maps. Through various data sources, historic research, personal accounts, and imagination, we attempt to give form to these meaningful but mutable and subjective places of the city. The result is something that is part data, part tool and part artwork that marks another waypoint in the humble cartographic journey to discover and represent "place".

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Erik Steiner

Creative Director, Spatial History Project at CESTA, Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis, Stanford University
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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.
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Lauren Tierney

Graphics Reporter, The Washington Post

Thursday October 17, 2019 4:00pm - 5:20pm PDT
Pavilion Room D
Friday, October 18

9:00am PDT

Cartographic History II
Remapping Tacoma's Japantown History
Presenter: Sarah Pyle, University of Washington-Tacoma
Japanese-American history has largely been forgotten, yet when it is remembered, the focus is on World War II incarceration. The field of Japanese-American history understandably focuses on this trauma, but surely there is more to their history. This project focuses on illuminating the elided history of their everyday lives and experiences through an exploration of the Japanese community in Tacoma, Washington. The two web-maps created by this project expand local understandings of how Japanese-Americans interacted with the city. This project also seeks to provide the public with ground-breaking knowledge on the spatial spread of Tacoma's Japantown, which was previously unrecognized.

Cartographic Accessibility Through History
Presenter: Harrison Cole
For most of its history, cartography has been conceived of as a fundamentally visual discipline. This is perhaps unsurprising given that maps have historically been developed by and for people who are fully sighted. However, this does not mean that maps have been categorically inaccessible to people who are blind or profoundly visually impaired. My talk examines the history of accessible mapping practices as such, as well as maps that were not expressly designed to be accessible to people with visual disabilities, but nevertheless incorporate contemporary accessibility practices, or suggest possibilities for expanding the current accessibility toolset.

Tracing the Path of Empire in an Annual Map Series
Presenter: Jenny Marie Johnson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Co-presenter: Nicholas Chrisman, Editor, Cartography and Geographic Information Science
The General Land Office (later Bureau of Land Management) published an annual map of the United States for approximately 100 years beginning in 1864. Across this century, the map's nature shifted from being a compilation of regional maps showing the extent of federal surveys to a vast national wallmap that emphasized territorial acquisition and federal landholdings. The first map that showed territorial acquisitions (1897) included an error so large that the Commissioner of the General Land Office had to publish a correction. The changing nature of the annual map and the 1898 correction illuminate the concerns of this imperial period.

Routes and Characters: Theorizing, Designing, and Revising Moralized Cartography
Presenter: Marcel Brousseau, University of Oregon
In this presentation I describe my work creating what I call "moralized cartography." I will present drafts of my map "La Bestia," which depicts migration from Central America to the United States by charting Óscar Martínez's 2010 book Los migrantes que no importan. Built with QGIS, this narrative map is inspired and contextualized by multiple sources, including Potawatomi geographer Margaret Pearce's "emotional geographies," early-modern allegorical geographies, 19th-century railroad broadsheets, and early-20th-century tourism maps. As I will show, moralized cartography is intended as a critical practice that explores new forms for literary and cultural analysis in the humanities and social sciences.


Marcel Brousseau

University of Oregon

Sarah Pyle

University of Washington-Tacoma
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Harrison Cole

PhD Candidate, Penn State University
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Jenny Marie Johnson

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Friday October 18, 2019 9:00am - 10:20am PDT
Pavilion Room A

9:00am PDT

Data and Map Visualization
How DataViz Sees Cartography
Presenter: RJ Andrews, Info We Trust
A data storyteller explores the connections and distinctions between data visualization and cartography. In some sense, everything is a map and everything is data. Yet the pursuits of data visualization and cartography can be quite different – especially as they straddle design tensions to serve clarity and context. Through dozens of examples from across time, see cartography in a new way: What cartography has given abstract statistical charts and diagrams. What data visualization still has to learn from cartography. And what cartography might learn from data visualization.

Distraction Free (Online) Maps
Presenter: Mila Frerichs
Our world is full of distractions and we as creators of (online) maps add to it. We create maps that overload our audience with information and hide important details in our maps.
People can only retain a limited amount of information and we should be mindful of that.
Let's be cautious if we need that basemap if we need all the extra information on the map. Or if we can use color sparingly and use annotations to help our audience to retain more information.
Let your data shine.

Exploratory Visualization of Massive Movement Datasets Derived from Social Media Data
Presenter: Alexander Savelyev, Texas State University
This paper presents the process and the results of an exploratory visualization of a massive movement dataset derived from a large (about 70 million records) collection of geographic social media data. We demonstrate the presence of clear clustering patterns in both temporal and spatial dimensions of the dataset that likely correspond to different modalities of travel, and explore the use of these patterns as interactive filters for the purpose of data exploration and analysis. We also perform a small-scale accuracy assessment of patterns observed in this dataset by means of comparing external travel records against their social media equivalents.

Drones, Maps, and Plant Conservation: Surveying and Mapping the Rugged Cliffs of Kauai
Presenter: Ben Nyberg
In the extreme cliff habitat of Hawaii, there are areas where native plants thrive. These locations have been a mystery to science due to their sheer inaccessibility. Drone technology has changed the equation and the National Tropical Botanical Garden is now surveying difficult-to-reach vertical surfaces for the first time. This presentation will cover the entire process from predictive analysis, image collection, post-processing via 3D maps and communicating results in online portals, all through the lens of protecting rare and endangered plants.

Object-Based Image Analysis Applications
Presenter: Geoffrey Forbes, LAND INFOWorldwide Mapping LLC
LAND INFO Worldwide Mapping is a pioneer in the use of object-based analysis of satellite and aerial imagery. We were founded in 1993 and began creating geodata solutions for wireless communication in 1996. Our 5G wireless mapping projects over the past two years led to our being named one of the fastest growing small companies in America. In addition to telecommunications, object-based image analysis has applications in urban planning, utilities, agriculture, forestry, ecology, change detection and more. This presentation will show specific objects extracted for particular uses, types of imagery used, and software and techniques employed.

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Geoffrey Forbes

Director of Mapping, LAND INFO Worldwide Mapping LLC
I've been in the map business for 20 years but have loved maps for as long as I can remember. I've traveled to 35 countries and have lived in 3; and speak Russian and German. I served in Military Intelligence during the Cold War. I hold a BA in Russian and an MS in Technology with... Read More →

Alexander Savelyev

Texas State University
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RJ Andrews

Data Storyteller, Info We Trust
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Mila Frerichs

Civic Vision

Friday October 18, 2019 9:00am - 10:20am PDT
Pavilion Room D

9:00am PDT

Using Open Data
Mapillary: GIS Data from Roadway Imagery and Computer Vision
Presenter: Sam Finn, Mapillary Inc
In addition to traditional data, a significant number of national, state, and local road authorities across the globe drive every kilometer of their road network to collect roadway imagery for monitoring, inventory, project planning, budgeting, and safety analysis. More and more government agencies are releasing this valuable imagery as open data hosted via Mapillary, making it available for visual reference in GIS tools, as well as automatically generating new vector map data. As the national debate on infrastructure spending continues, smart use of roadway imagery can help maintain and improve map data with lightning-fast turnaround using Mapillary and computer vision.

An Atlas of Space: Mapping Open Astronomy Data
Presenter: Eleanor Lutz, Tabletop Whale
An Atlas of Space is a collection of ten astronomy maps designed with open-source data and code. To name a few, the maps include an animated visualization of the seasons of Earth, the geology of Mars, and everything in the solar system bigger than 10km. In this talk I'd like to discuss techniques such as visualizing orbit dynamics, logarithmic distance scales, displaying missing data, and developing a cohesive design style for a map collection reaching from the Earth to outer space.

Cartography and Community in OpenStreetMap: Getting Native Reservations on the Map
Presenter: Alan McConchie, Stamen Design
I review the many steps involved over the past year to bring Native Reservations to OpenStreetMap. While some forms of cartography can feel like a solitary pursuit, making changes to the map style on OpenStreetMap is a massively distributed and community-led venture. Adding a new kind of feature to the map requires an extensive process of negotiation involving volunteers all around the globe, and passing through multiple thresholds of ontological, technological, and representational concerns. Using the case study of Native Reservations I illustrate the rich complexity of how diverse individuals work together to create a collective map of the world.

Mapping Refugees with Open Data in National Geographic Magazine
Presenter: Riley Champine, National Geographic Magazine
The Bidibidi refugee settlement in Uganda is a makeshift home for a quarter million people fleeing South Sudan. Armed with smartphones, some refugees led by the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team are building an extensive database of schools, businesses, water sources, and more, in an effort to map their virtually uncharted new home. To tell the story of Bidibidi, National Geographic utilized the same database and created a map that provides a close-up look at a new city built by refugees. This presentation will discuss both the technical and creative process of mapping a refugee settlement with data collected by its inhabitants.


Sam Finn

Mapillary, Inc.
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Riley Champine

Graphics Editor, National Geographic Magazine
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Eleanor Lutz

Tabletop Whale
Hi! I'm a science designer and Biology PhD student in Seattle. I'm very interested in open source software, open data, and communicating science to the general public.

Alan McConchie

Stamen Design

Friday October 18, 2019 9:00am - 10:20am PDT
Pavilion EF

10:40am PDT

Cartographic Research: Perception
Visualizing Disinformation in Maps on Social Media
Presenter: Anthony C. Robinson, The Pennsylvania State University
Co-presenter: Xi Zhu, The Pennsylvania State University
It is easier than ever to modify existing maps to change their design and share them to massive audiences via social media. The practice of Photoshopping an image to change its content and meaning is well-established today, and it applies to maps as well. In this presentation we show how reverse image search tools can help us collect multiple versions of map images and to visualize their differences to highlight examples of disinformation. Using a prototype geovisualization system we explore several case study examples of socially-shared maps to compare their original form to subsequent derivations.

Neurocartographic Visual Contrast: Resolving the Conflicting Notions of Visual Contrast for Map Cognition
Presenter: P. William Limpisathian, University of Oregon
Cartographers assert that visual contrast is vital for guiding attention and enabling effective map communication. Without perceptual clarity in design, the process of cognizing the underlying spatial information is obstructed. However, research in neuroscience has labeled visual contrast processes such as Gestalt figure-ground as wholly pre-attentional and irrelevant for higher-level cognition. Are these seemingly fundamentally opposing notions somehow compatible, or have we been wrong this whole time? In this talk, I will attempt to resolve the theoretical friction and discuss my ongoing research, examining the theoretical and neurological underpinnings of visual contrast in map reading, from perception to cognition.

Neither Pin Map nor Network Visualization: Liminal Mapping With Pseudo-Spatial Charts
Presenter: Will Payne, University of California, Berkeley (Geography and New Media)
Co-presenter: Evangeline McGlynn, University of California, Berkeley (Geography)
In the migration of cartographic practice to GIS and web-based tools, important vernacular use cases have been lost in the "democratization of cartography," which too often requires strict Cartesian spatialization. While network visualizations solve some problems, many analyses require rough concepts of distance and bearing. Sometimes a qualitative or non-linear scale of distance can provide a more meaningful and layout-efficient visualization. We will demo our lightweight "pseudo-spatial" chart engine, where relative orientation is preserved, but distance is transformed in accordance with underlying scalar relationships, concluding with a series of use cases to take relational spatial analysis beyond the pin map.

The Psychology of Park Maps as Influence on Visitors' Behavior
Presenter: Justin Menke, University of Oregon
Park maps and brochures convey information about the park environment, influencing visitors' behavior and experience. For example, visitors' destination choices are influenced by representations of a park's built environment (level of access and facilities) and natural environment (desirable sights and attractions). The social environment, a third aspect of the park environment, is less often conveyed to visitors. Other visitors, however, are an important component of one's experience and, with rapidly increasing visitation, many parks are grappling with issues of overcrowding. This research explores how conveying information about a park environment (including social conditions) influences visitors' decisions and expectations.

Users' digital competences vs. map medium preferences
Presenter: Katarzyna Słomska, University of Warsaw, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies
Co-author: Izabela Gołębiowska, University of Warsaw, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies
Strong preference of interactive maps can be observed among young people. In this talk, I will present the study which results pointed uniform preference of the young people towards the medium of a map. All respondents declared that "Google Maps like" solution would be their first choice when selecting a tool. The study also covered the examination of digital competences understood as a mixture of skills and knowledge about the 'digital world'. Obtained data allowed to investigate whether the users' preferences toward interactive go with their high skills in modern technologies usage.

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Anthony C. Robinson

Director, Online Geospatial Education, The Pennsylvania State University
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Will Payne

PhD Student, University of California, Berkeley
Urban geography, gentrification, tourist maps & guidebooks, location-based services, data visualization, digital humanities, critical GIS, etc.
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P. William Limpisathian

Graduate Employee, University of Oregon

Justin Menke

University of Oregon
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Katarzyna Słomska

University of Warsaw, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies

Friday October 18, 2019 10:40am - 12:00pm PDT
Pavilion EF

10:40am PDT

Emergency Mapping
Mapping the wave - depicting tsunami hazards in Washington
Presenter: Daniel Coe, Washington Geological Survey
Large tsunamis have inundated the Washington coast in the past, and they will do so again in the future. Conveying accurate information about this natural hazard to the public is challenging. The Washington Geological Survey produces tsunami inundation and current speed maps, as well as maps of pedestrian evacuation times and routes. These maps help emergency managers and public officials communicate what we know about tsunamis to the public, increasing community resilience and preparedness.

Designing "Beat the Wave" Tsunami Evacuation Maps
Presenter: Joanna Merson, InfoGraphics Lab, University of Oregon
Co-Presenters: Alethea Steingisser, InfoGraphics Lab, University of Oregon; James Meacham, InfoGraphics Lab, University of Oregon; Greg FitzGerald, InfoGraphics Lab, University of Oregon; Jonathan Allan, Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries; Laura Gabel, Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries
If an offshore earthquake known as a 'Cascadia subduction zone event' occurs, it will inundate the west coast within tens of minutes. According to the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI), survival for the majority of the population will require spontaneous evacuation on foot. Knowing where to go and how fast you have to travel to "Beat the Wave" is important to know beforehand. DOGAMI partnered with the UO InfoGraphics Lab to design a template for evacuation wayfinding maps for coastal Oregon communities. This presentation will share the design process and decisions that went into creating the template.

User centered volcanic hazard maps for New Zealand's volcanoes
Presenter: Danielle Charlton, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Co-presenters: Jan Lindsay, University of Auckland; Mary Anne Thompson, University of Auckland; Michael Martin, University of Auckland; Graham Leonard, GNS Science, New Zealand
Recent volcanic crises across the world highlight the need for more useful and usable hazard maps tailored to the needs of users. When developed, communicated, and used appropriately hazard maps represent a central point for discussion and mitigation of volcanic risk. A new and novel interdisciplinary project based in New Zealand aims to combine recent research on user centered design and cartography with lessons from hazard mapping experiences to develop, test and implement a new operational framework for volcanic hazard map development. A draft version of this co-created map framework will be presented and open for discussion.

Developing a Custom Grid System for Penn State's Emergency Responders
Presenter: Fritz Kessler, Penn State University
Co-presenters: Yu Zhong, Penn State University
During Penn State's home football games, emergency responders need to quickly and accurately communicate locations in the expansive parking lots surrounding Beaver Stadium. Penn State rests in the Ridge-and-Valley physiographic province where the terrain is aligned southwest to northeast. This alignment creates a rotation heuristic that is problematic when locating features (e.g., "north" of a building is really "northeast"). Facing this problem, emergency responders requested a custom grid system that provides an unambiguous way to locate features around Beaver Stadium. This presentation will review the development and evolving design of this custom grid system for emergency responders.

Mapping cross-scale impacts of storm surge events: Considerations for design and user-testing
Presenter: David Retchless, Texas A&M University at Galveston
Cartographic display of cross-scale phenomena and user-centered design are considered through a discussion of the development of an interactive web map depicting local-to-national economic impacts of hurricane storm surge events in Galveston Bay, Texas. Map development and design (as informed by stakeholder focus groups) is described, including approaches to presenting complex, cross-scale impacts of surge events across multiple years and scenarios. Particular consideration is given to how designs may communicate complexity without overly taxing users' mental and perceptual resources (measured via NASA task-load index) or outstripping their mapping/domain expertise. A demo of the resulting map will accompany the presentation.

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Fritz Kessler

Senior Research Associate, Penn State University
Long-time NACIS member, former Cartographic Perspectives Editor, board member, and advocate, Section Editor of "Views on Cartographic Education" which is a forum for exchanging ideas on cartographic education, and most things map projections.

David Retchless

Texas A&M University at Galveston

Daniel Coe

GIS Cartographer, Washington Geological Survey
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Joanna Merson

University of Oregon InfoGraphics Lab

Danielle Charlton

University of Auckland, New Zealand

Friday October 18, 2019 10:40am - 12:00pm PDT
Pavilion Room D

10:40am PDT

Software and Programming
Making Maps with Python
Presenter: Sergio Sanchez, Public Policy Institute of California
In this presentation we will go over some open source tools available in the python ecosystem for geographic data visualization and analysis. We will also go over a couple open data portals to access geographic data for the United States and other countries.
We will then explore how a social scientist may typically approach a data analysis project using these tools and data to extract insights.

Challenges of migrating automated map production from ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro
Presenter: Andrew Stauffer, US Geological Survey
The US Geological Survey currently leverages ArcPy Python libraries to manipulate ArcMap files and create US Topo PDF maps. A recent evaluation explored the possibility of migrating from ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro to support a modernized cartographic environment and improved map production throughput. In a testbed, our evaluation focused on the migration of several elements – geospatial data, map symbology, map labels and production code – and on the compatibility of these elements with ArcGIS Pro. I summarize our results of what could be migrated smoothly, what quirks were encountered, and how we could mitigate these challenges.

Spatial Patterns in Commute to Workplace Census Data
Presenter: Mark Cruse, University of Kentucky
This session demonstrates the use of Python and Jupyter notebooks to process and transform Census Bureau data for an interactive web map that provides insight into commuters' residence, workplace, earnings, age ranges, and industry type. Attendees will gain insight into best practices and lessons learned when wrangling large data sets through a data-to-map pipeline of tools including Tippecanoe, Mapbox, and Leaflet-VectorGrid.

Open source command line mapping
Presenter: Boyd Shearer, New Maps Plus
The command line interface has been compared to a Swiss Army knife. This presentation demonstrates how to use a variety of command line applications (primarily the GDAL library and AWS) to manipulate high-resolution NOAA GOES satellite imagery and produce raster tilesets for JavaScript mapping libraries like Leaflet. I conclude by showing how this process can be automated using Python and shell scripts to produce an updated map every 15 minutes.

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Mamata Akella

Vice President / 2020 Program Chair, NACIS


Andrew Stauffer

Cartographer, US Geological Survey
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Sergio Sanchez

Public Policy Institute of California
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Mark Cruse

Business Data Analyst, University of Kentucky
An aspiring mapper, recent graduate of the NewMapsPlus Master's in Digital Mapping the University of Kentucky.
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Boyd Shearer

New Maps Plus
I teach and make maps in Kentucky and also online for New Maps Plus, a graduate certificate and Masters of Mapping program in the Department of Geography at the University of Kentucky. If you want to get lost on a trail in the woods, check out outrageGIS mapping.

Friday October 18, 2019 10:40am - 12:00pm PDT
Pavilion Room A

2:00pm PDT

Cartographic Theory
What Cartography Is: An Introduction
Presenter: Mark Denil, sui generis
Cartographers do not generally distinguish between making maps – engaging in cartographic practice – and consideration of cartography as a practice. It is, in fact, often assumed that the former subsumes the latter. We have seen, however, that many questions – of motivation, ethics, or aesthetics, to mention a few – cannot be adequately addressed internally. Appeals to map-making as story telling or as science are similarly unsatisfactory. This paper will not attempt a complete definition of cartography as a practice, but instead an introduction to the connection of a practice of cartography to a world in which cartography is practiced.

Tools for Personal Web Cartography - A Critical Review
Presenter: Stephanie May
Personal cartography is markedly different from the maps we make for clients at work, in terms of how we relate to and represent the content, and how we use and share them - field notes, directions scribbled on a napkin, marked places in your phone app. Nevertheless this is at the core of how people use maps, and of how we psychically understand place. This talk explores personal mapmaking in everyday life, from theoretical frameworks to use cases, and with this basis, looks at the everyday web mapping tools we use. Can web cartography measure up?

Hidden Costs: Towards a More Sustainable Digital Cartography
Presenter: John Swab, University of Kentucky
What does a sustainable cartography look like? While maps are often utilized for sustainability-driven work, environmental concerns have often been of little importance to the practice of cartography. In this presentation, I address the sustainability of digital cartography by offering fresh insights into the material, financial, and environmental costs of mapping. Proceeding chronologically through the lifecycle of a digital cartography project opens new vistas to understanding the unintended impacts of our craft on the world. Additionally, this presentation seeks to integrate larger debates around sustainability in data studies into conversation within cartography.

Why we should all think of our maps as art
Presenter: David Smith, Rutgers University
Styling of maps is more than an expression of the aesthetic tastes of the cartographer or prevailing sensibilities of the field. Color, texture, contrast, etc. all provide cues that affect how the reader understands and responds to the spatial information being presented. At the core of art is the exploration of how these variables convey meaning beyond the simple diagrammatic representation of the subject. I argue that consciously engaging in artistic thinking in the design of all maps, including "scientific" maps, can help us guide readers toward the understanding we want them to gain from the information we present.

Animate space
Presenter: Nick Lally, University of Kentucky
Co-presenter: Luke Bergmann, University of British Columbia
In the interest of expanding the possibilities for cartographic visualizations of space, we have previously suggested a generalization of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to broader realms of geographical imagination systems (gis). Here, we share cartographic workflows that use an experimental prototype gis, "Enfolding", along with Blender to produce animated maps of relational spaces. Enfolding allows the cartographer to reconsider and redefine distances–which may represent affective connections, communicative links, travel times, or other creative understandings of distance–and change them over time. In resultant maps, space becomes dynamic, relational, and processual, opening new possibilities for communication with current research in human geography.

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Mark Denil

sui generis
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Stephanie May

Principal, Stephanie May Cartography

John Swab

University of Kentucky

Nick Lally

University of Kentucky

David Smith

Rutgers University

Friday October 18, 2019 2:00pm - 3:40pm PDT
Pavilion Room D

2:00pm PDT

Map and Geographic Data Curation
​​​​The Hidden Jewel of COGS - The W. K. Morrison Special Collection
Presenter: Martha Bostwick, Centre of Geographic Sciences, NSCC
The W. K. Morrison Special Collection is a mixed media print collection of historical maps, atlases, periodicals and books that is focused on the early mapping of Atlantic Canada and specifically Nova Scotia. It was donated to the Centre of Geographic Sciences (NSCC) by Walter Morrison, Cartographer Emeritus of COGS who was interested in antique maps as an illustration of the evolution of map making technology. There are over 2000 items in the print collection; and we are actively creating a digital archive of the collection available at bit.ly/COGSmaps.

Updating the USGS Historical Topo Map Explorer
Presenter: Aileen Buckley, Esri
In 2014, the US Geological Survey (USGS) and Esri collaborated to bring the ever-increasing collection of US historical topographic maps to everyone through the USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer. This app brings to life more than 178,000 maps dating from 1884 to 2006. Users can explore the historical maps, save the current view as a web map, and download the maps as high-resolution georeferenced images. In 2019, we updated the map collection and the app. A new workflow allows newly scanned USGS maps to be added to the online collection, and updates to the app provide users with more functionality.

Primary source immersion program: teaching with maps
Presenter: Theresa Quill, Indiana University Bloomington
Indiana University Libraries hosts a three-day Primary Source Immersion Program (PSIP) for instructors, to help them integrate primary sources into courses and demonstrate ways to foster students' information literacy skills. PISP draws on the rich collections of IU Libraries, including map collections. Participants have integrated maps and spatial/visual literacy exercises into a variety of courses, including Conflict Simulation, Military Leadership, and GIS. This talk gives examples of successful librarian-instructor partnerships as well as exercises to integrate spatial thinking and primary sources (maps!) into diverse disciplinary settings.

Opening access to historical urban atlases of Boston
Presenter: Belle Lipton, Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library
The Boston Public Library (BPL) has a collection of 267 urban atlases of Massachusetts. These 19th and 20th century fire insurance and real estate atlases are high-resolution, often block level depictions of neighborhoods dating back to the 1860s. The BPL is working on a project to digitize, georeference, stitch together, and publish these resources as seamless tiled map services, which will be offered in a web map interface, making the discovery of these indispensable resources much easier. This talk will highlight the library's process for creating map services out of digitized historical maps.

Unlocking Troves of Data From Historical Print Maps: Feature Extraction Through an Object-Based Classification Approach
Presenter: Delphine Khanna, Pennsylvania State University
Historical paper maps contain troves of data about the past, related to topography, environmental dynamics, human demographics, and more. This presentation reports on how to unlock that paper-bound information and turn it into geospatial data. Beyond the traditional approach of manual digitization, recent progress has been made to extract features semi-automatically using object-based image classification, a technique most commonly applied to satellite imagery and LiDAR data analysis. Our research proposes a workflow relying on that approach to extract features from Soviet military maps from the 1930's for a region of Belarus.

Navigating a difficult dataset to build a spatial narrative of ice sheet retreat
Presenter: Henry Haro, University of Washington - Tacoma
Creating a visual representation of the recession of the Cordilleran ice sheet in the Pacific Northwest required the acquisition and custom organization of a large, troublesome dataset. This talk discusses the workflow and scripts created to download, move and manipulate this data. This will include the structure of automation utilizing Python and interactive cartographic design. The presentation will show the process of transforming the data from many small, individual coverages to a desired, larger extent – and into a visual form that communicates the critical points of the historic, environmental process.

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Martha Bostwick

Centre of Geographic Sciences, NSCC
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Theresa Quill

Indiana University Bloomington

Belle Lipton

Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library

Delphine Khanna

Pennsylvania State University

Henry Haro

University of Washington - Tacoma

Friday October 18, 2019 2:00pm - 3:40pm PDT
Pavilion Room A

2:00pm PDT

Mapping for Society
Connecting judges with the Arctic Refuge
Presenter: Marty Schnure, The Wilderness Society / Maps for Good
As cartographers, we're all familiar with tailoring maps to a specific audience. How about when the audience is strongly invested in understanding the content, but has very little time and no technical background on the topic—like a federal judge or a congressperson? Marty Schnure will share her experience developing a series of maps to help defend the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil development in court and in Congress, including take-aways from her first foray into making bird's eye view oblique maps in Natural Scene Designer.

Mapping for Peace, Stability, and Conservation in Northern Kenya
Presenter: Joe Milbrath, US National Park Service
Over the past year, Joe Milbrath been working with USAID, the US Department of the Interior (DOI), and Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) to create maps and brochures for three community conservancies in northern Kenya. The brochures are a piece of a broader effort to develop resilient communities while securing peace and conserving natural resources by managing low impact tourism in the region. This presentation will focus on the research and creation of three "community conservancy" maps and brochures, design challenges and limitations, and future templates and training that will assist NRT's tourism program into the future.

3D Maps and Money: How to Promote Equity, Environmentalism, and Urbanism Without Mentioning Equity, Environmentalism, or Urbanism
Presenter: William Creasy, Urban3
Municipal taxation is a complex and often mystifying process. Most people want their hometown to be stronger, more equitable, and more environmentally sustainable. Unfortunately, the vast majority of this country is engaged in economically unsound car dependent development. Can we convince America to change its ways before its overextended infrastructure collapses under its own weight? At Urban3 we believe we can. Using a combination of focused cartography, behavioral psychology, and engaging storytelling we work to help people understand the situation for themselves. Let us share the lessons we've learned in more than 150 cities, towns, and villages with you.

Mapping Prejudice: Cartographic Activism and Primary Sources
Presenter: Ryan Mattke, University of Minnesota Libraries
Mapping Prejudice is a unique database-building and map-building initiative. The project has created the first comprehensive map of racial covenants for an American city. By co-opting the paradigm of epidemiological mapping, Mapping Prejudice helps people to see the power of structural racism, without resorting to tactics of shame or guilt. By deploying aspects of critical cartography, the project employs visualizations that encourage conversation. It confronts racism through historical sources, eschewing euphemism and evasion. This talk will describe the project and its methods, cartographic and otherwise, and the social progress made, so far, toward a more honest future.

Cartography and Electoral Districting
Presenter: Jim Thatcher, University of Washington Tacoma
Co-Presenter: Courtney Thatcher, University of Puget Sound
With the coming 2020 census, new electoral and representational districts will be drawn across the United states. This talk discusses the historic and current role cartography, here the literal drawing of lines, plays in that process. Results are presented from the research conducted during the first year of the NSF REU Spatial Models and Electoral Districting. Specifically, it discusses the different mappings that can be produced using various more-than- and non-euclidean metrics for distance and association. Travel-time across districts is presented as one means of measuring equity, access, and representation within voting and representational districts.

GIS in Redistricting and Gerrymandering
Presenter: Daniel McGlone, Azavea
As experts in geography, analysis, and visualization, GIS analysts are uniquely qualified to understand redistricting and gerrymandering. One might even say, as geographers, we have a responsibility to use our expertise for good. This talk will discuss how GIS has been used in the past, current and how it's expected to be used in the future in redistricting and relatedly - gerrymandering and gerrymandering detection.

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Ryan Mattke

Map & Geospatial Information Librarian, University of Minnesota Libraries
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Daniel McGlone

Senior GIS Analyst, Azavea
Daniel is a Senior GIS Analyst and Technical Lead on the Data Analytics Team and Cicero Data Manager. Daniel obtained his Master’s degree in Urban Spatial Analytics from the University of Pennsylvania, after graduating from Harrisburg University with a B.S. in Geographic Information... Read More →

Jim Thatcher

University of Washington Tacoma

Joe Milbrath

US National Park Service
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Marty Schnure

Cartographic Designer, The Wilderness Society / Maps for Good
Professionally: Mapping for conservation/advocacy, cartographic design, public lands. Personally: Running rivers, climbing mountains, woodworking, photography
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William Creasy

Analyst/Creative Director, Urban3

Friday October 18, 2019 2:00pm - 3:40pm PDT
Pavilion EF

4:00pm PDT

Artistic Cartography
Color by Numbers: Charting the History of Quantitative Color Schemes
Presenter: Travis White
This talk reports on my ongoing research examining historical and contemporary uses of quantitative color schemes. Color ubiquity is a relatively recent phenomenon made possible by a number of technical and theoretical advances in color printing, color theory, map production, and media consumption. Recently, color has emerged as the go-to representational tool for quantitative data on thematic maps, particularly the visual variables color hue and lightness. Through a systematic evaluation of hundreds of maps, I am chronicling the evolution of quantitative color use in an attempt to better understand why mapmakers use the colors that they do.

Real Maps: Fake Places
Presenter: David Nuttall
To create realistic and detailed hand-drawn maps requires understanding the real world, real maps and plenty of research. It helps to be a trained cartographer! This session will dig deeper into the creation of plausible fictional places as realistic maps, as artwork. The research and study of places, maps and aerial imagery informs the maps created and helps understand that you can't create fake places without a comprehensive understanding of real places, how they evolved and how they are depicted in different styles of mapping.

Experiments in Cartography and some Time-Based Arts
Presenter: Eric Theise
My project integrates perceptual & conceptual concerns of experimental animators and structural filmmakers with contemporary digital tools from the geospatial realm. In essence I ask the question: if we'd taken away their Bolex cameras and handed them Mapbox GL, OpenMapTiles, and PostGIS, what would they have made instead? I've had the good fortune to be a Toolmaker-in-Residence at Signal Culture two years running and this has led to a series of single channel video works, a composition for voice and geocoder, and a collection of tools for real time cartography. I'll present examples. Not for the strobe-averse.

North America: From Pencil to Print
Presenter: Anton Thomas
In February, after almost five years of work, I finally completed an extensive illustrated map of North America. The closing months were wonderful, working from the deep ocean right out to the stars - as well as a very detailed cartouche. We will take a close look at the finished map, but the work has not stopped there. I will also share some of my experiences while preparing it for release, dealing with concerns around image capture, printing, shipping, framing, e-commerce, crowdfunding and much more. Depending on your project, sometimes making the map can feel like the easy part.

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Eric Theise

Web & Geospatial Software Engineer
Chicago born & raised; San Francisco resident since 1989. Open to new geographies. Talk to me about human perception, color, experimental film and composition, or foodways.
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Travis White

Kansas City
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Anton Thomas

Artist Cartographer, Anton Thomas Art
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David Nuttall

Artist & Mapping Consultant, Artimaps
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 →

Friday October 18, 2019 4:00pm - 5:20pm PDT
Pavilion Room A

4:00pm PDT

Design in Government Agencies
Specialized cartography at USGS
Presenter: Bill Marken, U.S. Geological Survey
Applied research at the U.S. Geological Survey frequently consists of creating individual maps or map series at the requests of Representatives, agency Secretaries, and executive branch staffers. These maps are usually produced on short notice with very little turnaround time. This talk showcases just some of these specially requested maps that highlight different areas and features of the United States.

Web mapping at the US National Park Service: Park Tiles version 4
Presenter: Jake Coolidge, National Park Service / Colorado State University
Park Tiles is a suite of general-use, visitor-oriented web basemaps for the US National Park Service that adheres to the agency's recognizable graphic identity. In 2019, the Park Tiles team released version 4, a major improvement that solidifies the long-term sustainability of this highly visible cartographic product. This talk will detail how we rebuilt our data pipeline from the ground up to incorporate enterprise data from across the agency, adapted our cartographic workflow to vector technology, and made new enhancements for a richer, more informative user experience.

Cartographic Techniques and GIS Methods Used to Develop the Ohio Coastal Atlas
Presenter: Brian George, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Office of Coastal Management
The Ohio Coastal Atlas Third Edition was developed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Office of Coastal Management. The Atlas illustrates and discusses many of Lake Erie's historical, cultural, physical, and natural resources using colorful maps and descriptive text. The Third Edition is a fully-updated document that expands upon the information included in the Second Edition (2007). This presentation will provide a general overview of the cartographic approaches and concepts applied to map development. Further discussion will focus on the various tips and workarounds that were discovered and applied to produce publication-quality maps and legends in ArcGIS.

95% automated multi-scale cartography
Presenter: Elaine Guidero, U.S. Geological Survey
Creative cartographic methods often entail multiple programs and manual work, and are not suitable for automated mapping, where efficiency and speed are prioritized. A recent USGS project created 98 maps in a wide scale range for a high-level audience. The design brief stipulated bright and professional maps, yet the project scope necessitated automation entirely within ArcGIS. Most content was generated automatically from complex templates that employed intricate settings and filters on multi-scale data. The design used a saturated color palette and symbols that add visual interest without needing extra work in other software suites.

Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) Maps in Florida
Presenter: Chris Anderson, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
This presentation will describe ESI mapping, how it has changed over time and how the FWC's role has changed with it; specifically, the decision to move away from a single map/associated table per area to two maps/two tables. In addition, I will also explain the decision to stay with the existing tiling scheme instead of a new flexible tiling scheme and the effects on oil spill response in Florida. Oil spill mapping is not a common topic at this meeting, so this should provide attendees with a unique perspective on mapping and the presentation of complex spatial data.


Jake Coolidge

Cartographer, National Park Service / Colorado State University
I love working at the intersection of cartography and art, with digital and non-digital tools. My passions include: cartographic history, critical cartography, pre-digital mapmaking, transportation geographies, urban development studies, and the use of maps to depict narratives, examine... Read More →
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William Marken

Chief, Cartographic Applied Research Section, U.S. Geological Survey
I am the Chief, of the Cartographic Applied Research Section for the National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) for the U.S. Geological Survey. This section is located within the Applied Research Branch of the Innovations office for NGTOC. Translated, I supervise a... Read More →
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Elaine Guidero

Geographer, U.S. Geological Survey
I am a National Map Liaison with the National Geospatial Program in USGS; I work with some states and tribes to connect them to USGS resources. I also nurture a deep and abiding love for 1970s graphic design.

Brian George

Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Office of Coastal Management

Chris Anderson

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)

Friday October 18, 2019 4:00pm - 5:20pm PDT
Pavilion Room D

4:00pm PDT

Mapping America
The Census and the Post
Presenter: Alice Goldfarb, The New School
The post office is ubiquitous and often overlooked, both in cities and more importantly in rural parts of the United States. This presentation looks at my recent work to use the locations of post offices, and when they were established or discontinued, as a proxy for a town's existence, and what the patterns of openings and closings tell us about the expansion of colonial settlement across the continent. We will compare what can be learned from centering the post office with what can be determined from census data, and consider which situations are best for each approach.

The Ish River-Lillooet Country & the Salish Sea
Presenter: David McCloskey, Cascadia Institute
Companion to the award-winning map, Cascadia (2015), this new map shows the sheltered “inside house” of the Puget Sound-Strait of Georgia cross-border area called “The Ish River EcoRegion,” centering on “The Salish Sea,” as a natural and cultural whole. This map shows terrain, bathymetry in unprecedented detail with fjord inlets, icefields and glaciers, hydrology with fjord lakes and watershed boundaries, vegetation and land cover, with a new integrative forest formations framework, plus a new kind of Legend, for both B.C. and WA. Location is shown by an inset—the new “EcoRegions of Cascadia” map. Since repeated glaciations carved out the landscape, this map also tells “The Story of Ice”—from its source in the great Icefields of the BC Coast Range thru the paths ice-streams flowed down to create huge lobes in the lowlands, the ice divide in southern B.C., the maximum extent of the ice sheet edge, major meltwater channels, etc. A surprising discovery is that different ice-streams flowed off the east face of the same Coast Range down the Fraser and Lillooet Valleys, incurving westward to carve out the eastern side of the Puget Sound area, as well as Lake Chelan; hence, we also include this “other side” —the Lillooet Ecoregion.

The Making of a Cultural Atlas
Presenter: Ashley Nepp, Macalester College
Following in the example of Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas by Rebecca Solnit, and Portlandness: A Cultural Atlas by David Banis and Hunter Shobe, this spring Macalester College's Cultural Atlas Production course created a cultural atlas of Saint Paul, MN in 13 weeks. The class worked as a team to create a print atlas from start to finish; choosing topics, designing the layout of the atlas, gathering data, and finally working through the publishing process. This presentation will discuss our process and offer some reflections and recommendations for instructors or groups interested in creating their own cultural atlas!

NASA GO on a Trail - Volunteer Land Cover Mapping Challenge
Presenter: Heather Fischer, Oregon State University
Co-presenter: Peder V. Nelson, Oregon State University
This summer NASA GLOBE Observer (GO) and the National Park Service's Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail (NHT) teamed up for the "GO on a Trail" volunteer data collection challenge from June 1 (National Trails Day) to September 2 (Labor Day). To assist scientists studying environmental change, volunteers used the GLOBE Observer mobile app to map land cover along the Lewis and Clark NHT and elsewhere. We will share the strengths and challenges of volunteer data collection for mapping a large area and present the volunteer-produced land cover map of the Lewis and Clark NHT.

Today You, Tomorrow Me: Mapping Sea Level Rise Exposure of Habitats Human and Otherwise in the Mississippi Delta
Presenter: Dylan Halpern, MIT
Co-presenter: Rachel Luo (MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning); Natalia Coachman (MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning); Kathryn Wicks (MIT Computer Science)


Heather Fischer

Heather is a Senior Researcher in the Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning at OSU and Peder is an instructor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at OSU. Heather and Peder are working together with NASA on the NASA GLOBE Observer Landcover citizen science... Read More →
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Alice Goldfarb

The New School
I think about the postal system at The New School & lead the COVID Tracking Project's Racial Data Tracker.

David McCloskey

Cascadia Institute
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Ashley Nepp

GIS + Cartography Instructor, Macalester College

Friday October 18, 2019 4:00pm - 5:20pm PDT
Pavilion EF