NACIS 38th Annual Meeting,
Norfolk, Virginia

October 17th–20th, 2018

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 Norfolk, Virginia. 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 38th Annual Meeting.

Registration for the meeting will open in late July.

Registration fees, session schedule, workshops and field trip information will be available in July. Looking forward to having you join us.

Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel Room Reservations

Norfolk Waterside Marriott special conference rate: $149 USD  per night.
Free wifi 
is provided in hotel rooms and meeting areas. 
Self parking is discounted to $15/car/day plus tax, includes in/out access.
235 E. Main Street
Norfolk, Virginia 23510

Click here to book your room for the NACIS Annual Meeting.

Keynote Speakers

James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti

James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti

James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti are the 2017—2018 recipients of the Corlis Benefideo Award for Imaginative Cartography.

Dr. James Cheshire is an Associate Professor at University College London (UCL) and President of the Society of Cartographers. He completed a BSc (1st Class Hons.) in Physical Geography at the University of Southampton (2008) before undertaking a PhD in GIScience at the UCL Department of Geography (2011). James was the 2017 recipient of the Royal Geographical Society’s Cuthbert Peek Award for “advancing geographical knowledge through the use of mappable Big Data.”

Oliver Uberti is an award-winning graphic designer and was Senior Design Editor at National Geographic before turning to books. Oliver earned a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Michigan (2003) and a MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins (2009). At his design studio in Los Angeles, Oliver combines fine art principles with research and storytelling to create memorable books, infographics, and branding. His latest collaboration, Notes from a Public Typewriter, will be published by Hachette in March 2018.

James and Oliver first worked together in 2010 to produce a map of the most popular surnames in North America for National Geographic. In 2012, James began envisioning a book of maps and graphics to show the range of data available for London, his home city. Oliver agreed to design it. Since then, the two have become a rare pair: academic and designer, collaborating on equal footing to turn statistics into stories. Their first book, London: The Information Capital, became a bestseller and won three British Cartographic Society Awards for cartographic excellence. For their second book, Oliver was keen to map data from a domain that had inspired him during his time at National Geographic—the animal kingdom. The result, Where the Animals Go, was hailed by Scientific American as a “stunning translation of movement onto paper.”

Tuesday Night Meetup
October 16th, 2018

Grain | 100 E Main St, Norfolk, VA 23510

Just arrived in Norfolk?  Instead of hanging out by yourself at the hotel, connect at our Tuesday Night Meetup! Join host Lauren James at Grain at 7pm. This beautiful rooftop space atop the Hilton Norfolk The Main has great views of the water, 80 local beers on tap, a varied menu and a pool table. It’s just a short 1 min walk from the Norfolk Waterside Marriott.


Conference Recording and Streaming

In 2018, NACIS plans to continue recording and streaming Practical Cartography Day and the Main Conference Sessions, so that the knowledge we share in Norfolk can have an impact around the globe. But we need your support to keep doing so. Please consider sponsoring all or part of a presentation, so that even those who can’t make it in person can benefit from our time together. Maintaining a video archive of our conference will be a valuable resource for all now and into the future.
Please donate here — and thanks!

 Plan your visit to Norfolk:

  • Tuesday night meetup: Grain. Tuesday, October 16th, 2018
  • Practical Cartography Day: Wednesday, October 17th, 2018
  • NACIS Night Out: The Harbor Club. Thursday evening, October 18, 2018
  • Main sessions: Thursday, October 18th, 2018 and Friday, October 19th, 2018
  • Banquet: Friday evening, October 19th, 2018
  • Field trip: Kayak in First Landing State Park. Saturday, October 20th, 2018
  • Town Point Park Wine Festival: Saturday, October 20th, 2018 and Sunday, October 21, 2018.

NACIS Night Out
Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Be a part of NACIS Night Out (NNO) by attending this annual fun social event. NACIS Night Out is a relaxed environment where you can taste local food, enjoy a beverage, and socialize with 100+ other cartographers. What more fun could you want?

The year’s NNO will be held on Thursday evening (October 18th) at The Harbor Club. The venue is at the newly developed Waterside District directly across the street from the conference hotel.
333 Waterside Dr Suite 200, Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone: (757) 426-7433

Be sure to check out their website for a sampling of their food and drink fare. It is sure to be an enjoyable evening.

Questions about Norfolk NACIS 2018?

Here are your resources:

Main Conference, Workshops, and anything else program related:

Practical Cartography Day:

Map Gallery:

Field Trip:

Registration and payment (conference registration will open in July):