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Thursday, October 12 • 9:00am - 10:20am
Lightning Talks II | Présentations éclairs II

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The Constant Atlas | L’Atlas Constant
Presenter: Jia Zhang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The ability of institutions to utilize data aggregated from individuals has grown significantly in the past ten years. Although projects using aggregate data benefit individuals by improving on their environment at large, a citizen often does not engage with the data collected from them nor the decision making process directly. The proposed research engages citizens directly with publicly available data, giving residents the ability to use their physical location over time as a lens to understand aggregate data of their environment. The Constant Atlas allows users to dynamically generate unique atlases of publicly available data based on their movement. The atlases combine interactive visualizations with the principle of self quantification in order to communicate context to the user about the places they frequent, places that are just beyond their routines, and implications of the self-imposed boundaries etched by their daily movements.

Cartographic Animation — Part 2 | Animation cartographique – Partie 2
Presenter: Joanna Merson, Arizona State University
Animation offers a captivating and informative avenue for representing dynamic data in cartography. Accordingly, leading cartographic research aims to improve animation use through data and user evaluation to establish best-practice guidelines. But how many of these guidelines actually reach the research community? This research follows-up on my presentation last year, which described a framework for investigating how cartographic animation is used in academic journals. Using that framework, I examined the 8 highest impact geography journals to catalog what types of animation were used from 2014–2016, how animations were displayed, and if there was congruence between the animations and the data represented. This analysis is used to explore both how cartographic animation is used outside of the cartographic research community, and if in the era of digital maps, there is a need for better facilitating the inclusion of animations in academic publications.

Navigation System Design at Uber: Maps + Interaction | La conception d’un système de navigation chez Uber : cartes + interaction
Presenter: Cady Wachsman, Uber
In 2016, Uber launched a custom-tailored navigation experience. We want to share some of the complexities that come with designing a global interactive map + navigation system. Come join to learn about the unique cartographic and product design processes and the complicated problem space.

A Body of Knowledge on Cartography and Visualization | Un corpus de connaissances en cartographie et visualisation
Presenter: Robert Roth, University of Wisconsin–Madison
The Geographic Information Science & Technology (GIS&T) Body of Knowledge (BoK) is a reference on core competencies defining geospatial education. The original BoK was published in 2006 by the AAG and UCGIS societies with key input from several regular NACIS contributors and comprised learning objectives for 329 topics organized into 10 knowledge areas, including 27 for Cartography & Visualization. I joined an initiative in 2016 to update the original BoK to account for innovations in research, technology, and practice over the past ten years, and to make the content more useful to student, instructor, and professional audiences. We reenvisioned the new BoK as an open access, community-driven, and living collection of background and instructional materials on GIS&T. In the presentation, I will describe the revised goals and format of the BoK, discuss my own expectations for the Cart/Vis knowledge area, and report on progress to-date in the Cart/Vis knowledge area.

Putting Design at the Forefront of GIS Education | Mettre la conception au premier plan de la formation aux SIG
Presenter: Jessie Braden, Pratt Institute
Pratt Institute's Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative (SAVI) has created an innovative certificate program that takes a design and impact-based approach to GIS technology by connecting the physical applications of spatial analysis to the social impact capacity of design. We want our students, after performing rigorous analysis, to be able to create clear visuals that transform data into powerful stories. The GIS and Design program begins with the Spatial Thinking and Design course so students learn cartographic design elements before performing any spatial analysis. This allows students to develop abstract but critical storytelling skills in parallel with their increasing spatial analytical skills, instead of treating cartography as an afterthought. This presentation will discuss our pedagogical approach and the challenges that arise from putting equal importance on analysis and design in a 12-credit program.

Teaching Good Design in Government | Enseigner la bonne conception au gouvernement
Presenter: Lee Pera, US Environmental Protection Agency
Yes, it's possible to have decent design in government! Lee Pera will walk through how EPA has encouraged better design in their map and data visualization products as they have shifted from print to web and creative ways she has found to implement cartographic training and support at the agency with little money. She will talk about the importance of in-person design and collaboration and the Geo Viz Lab she started earlier this year at EPA headquarters. In this time of dwindling federal budgets, well-designed products are important. Not only do they show the importance of our work to the public, but they also increase morale, allowing employees to take pride in the work they do through the products they create.

A Mixed-Methods Cartography of Climate Vulnerability in Coastal Georgia | Une cartographie multi-méthodes de la migration climatique en Géorgie littorale
Presenter: David Rickless, University of Georgia
Predictive models of sea level rise and population growth indicate that millions of coastal United States residents will be forced to migrate or otherwise adapt to climate change in the next century. Some coastal communities are already experiencing "nuisance flooding" on a regular basis; others face mounting insurance costs. The distribution of these impacts is widely understood to be determined by social processes, and quantitative mapping approaches are commonly used to visualize the unevenness. This study builds on established research on social vulnerability by drawing on local knowledge to better understand how vulnerability is produced in the study area. Presented here is a conceptual framework informed by critical cartography and knowledge politics. It is the first step toward an integrated analysis that employs both quantitative mapping and qualitative environmental knowledge.

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Joanna Merson

University of Oregon
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David Rickless

Geography Graduate Student, University of Georgia
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Robert Roth

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

PhD Student, MIT Media Lab

Thursday October 12, 2017 9:00am - 10:20am EDT
Ballroom Centre