Colorado Springs, CO

October 19th–22nd, 2016

Love maps, data, visual storytelling, and cartographic design?

Make your plans now to participate in the annual meeting of the North American Cartographic Information Society in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Join professionals and enthusiasts from government, commercial, and not-for-profit groups along with academics, scholars, map/GIS librarians, artists, technologists, and students in our 36th Annual Meeting.

Call For Participation

Submission Deadline: May 31st

Be a part of NACIS 2016 by submitting your idea for a talk, panel session, workshop, or other contribution. View our Call for Participation, and, when you’re ready, hit this green button:



If you have something special in mind, don’t hesitate to contact us about it now so that we can plan ahead for your contribution.

Registration will open in late June, and discounted early rates will be available until October 7th, 2016.

Our 2016 meeting will overlap in part with the 2016 Meeting of the Great Plains / Rocky Mountains Division of the AAG – We hope you’ll consider participating in both meetings!


Deadline Changes for Travel Grants & Student Competitions

Please note that we have changed the deadlines this year for applying for travel grants and for entry into our Student Dynamic Map Competition and our Student Map & Poster Competition. The new deadline for all items is May 31st!

Opening Keynote

Kirk Goldsberry, Visiting Scholar at Harvard University

Kirk Goldsberry is a visiting scholar at Harvard University and former staff writer for ESPN’s Grantland. He received his Ph.D. in Geography in 2007 from the University of California, Santa Barbara before serving as a professor for 6 years at Michigan State and Harvard. In 2013, Kirk began writing for Grantland. Kirk’s work to develop spatial visualizations for sports data has been featured in outlets such as Wired, the New York Times, and FiveThirtyEight.

Closing Keynote

Joshua Jelly-Schapiro

Joshua Jelly-Schapiro is a geographer and writer whose work focuses on how human difference is thought about and acted on in the world. A specialist on race and the Caribbean, he has lived and worked for extended periods in the Greater and Lesser Antilles,  and is the recipient of fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Social Science Research Council. His essays on arts and history have appeared in The New York Review of Books, Harper’s, The Believer, The Nation, Artforum, and Transition, among many other publications. In  2011, he completed his PhD in geography at UC-Berkeley, where his thesis was awarded the Caribbean Studies Association’s Best Dissertation Prize. Currently a visiting  scholar at NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge, he is serving as co-editor, with the writer Rebecca Solnit, of “Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas.”  His first book, “Island People,” will be published by A.A. Knopf.


Conference Location

The Antlers Hotel, Colorado Springs
4 S. Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

We encourage you to reserve your room now at the conference rate of $159. Our room blocks often sell out quickly, but plenty of rooms are still available at the conference rate. If you have trouble getting a room for some reason, let us know so that we can help!

Our 2016 meeting will overlap in part with the 2016 Meeting of the Great Plains / Rocky Mountains Division of the AAG – It’ll be held at the same hotel, and we hope you’ll consider participating in both meetings!

NACIS Night Out

This year’s NACIS Night Out will take place at Jack Quinn’s Irish Pub on Thursday, October 20th. Join in for food, drinks, and fun with fellow Cartographers when Registration opens this summer!



A refund of your registration fee will be made minus a $50 processing fee, if cancellation is received in writing at least fourteen days prior to the date of the event. Alternates are encouraged to attend for any pre-registrant who is unable to attend.

Field trips are dependent on minimum attendance, encourage your friends to sign up!