Pittsburgh, PA

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

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

Submissions for presentations, the Map Gallery and the student mapping competition are now closed. Your best option now is to come attend the conference and see all the great mapping presentations!

Here is one last enticement for you to make sure you dont miss this years NACIS Annual Meeting:

Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS) will be holding their biennial meeting, AutoCarto, in the same hotel the three days prior (Oct. 5-7) to the NACIS Annual Meeting. CaGIS is an international research symposium on cartography, geospatial science, and visualization. Discounted rate available for NACIS members, view AutoCarto Preliminary Program (pdf). You can make it a complete Carto-Geek Week in October!


A brief summary schedule is below but be sure to visit our full schedule at nacis2014.sched.org. You can see details about sessions, read abstracts, and find out about exciting field trips and work shops.

Wednesday8th OctoberPre-conference events: Practical Cartography Day and Cartography and Geographic Data Collection Day. Welcoming events including Map and Poster Gallery and Opening Reception Speaker: Martin Aurand, Architecture Librarian at Carnegie Mellon UniversityFULL SCHEDULE
Thursday9th OctoberMain program: full day of sessions devoted to Cartography, NACIS night out at the Blue Line GrillFULL SCHEDULE
Friday10th OctoberMain program: full day of sessions devoted to Cartography, Banquet and Keynote Speaker: Dr. Anne Kelly Knowles, Professor of Geography at Middlebury College, GeoDweeb Geopardy! game following the BanquetFULL SCHEDULE
Saturday11th OctoberWorkshops: half and full-day hands-on sessions for learning new skills, Field Trips: local Historical Tour of Pittsburgh, Andy Warhol Museum, and Wigle Whiskey TourFULL SCHEDULE

Conference Site and Hotel

Pittsburgh Marriott City Center
112 Washington Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

While the conference hotel is nearly booked, several nearby hotels also feature the discount NACIS rate.

  • Hotel Alt 1: The Omni William Penn Hotel has room block at $169/night. Call 1-800-THEOMNI and reference the room block for “North American Cartographic Information Society” to enjoy the discount. The group discount expires Sept. 15th, call today! 
  • Hotel Alt 2: Courtyard by Marriott Pittsburgh Downtown (make online reservation) has additional rooms available. Call 1 (800) MARRIOTT to book your room. To enjoy the NACIS group rate you must mention the NACIS group while making the reservation. The group discount expires Sept. 16th, call today! 

Other alternative lodging: AirBnB | TripAdvisorOrbitz | Travelocity | Kayak | Priceline


Getting from the Pittsburgh Airport to Downtown

There are limited ways to get from the airport to the hotel. Here are two recommended transportation options with a group discount for NACIS.

  • SuperShuttle (shared ride van service)
    Airport to Downtown Pittsburgh:
    $24.00 one way per person
    Round trip discounted by $4.00 off published rate at time of reservation with Group Discount Code K4UWN (valid from 10/4-15/14).
  • ExecuCar (up to 3 passengers in private luxury sedan)
    Airport to Downtown Pittsburgh:
    $63.00 one way per car
    Discounted by $3.00 off published rate at time of reservation with Group Discount Code K4UWN (valid from 10/4-15/14).

Book online at: https://www.supershuttle.com/default.aspx?GC=K4UWN, discount only applies to online reservations. You can also call 1-800-Blue Van (258-3826).

Instructions upon arriving at Pittsburgh Intl Airport

Collect your luggage, then proceed to the supershuttle ticket counter located in the ground transportation / car rental area in the center of the baggage claim level.  Check in with a customer service representative or a ticketing kiosk to receive a boarding pass before proceeding outside to the curb boarding zone located by door #4. If you booked a sedan, the driver will be waiting for you at the bottom of the escalator to baggage claim, holding a sign with your name on it. Rates for both service do not include gratuity, at customer discretion.


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!