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NACIS 38th Annual Meeting
Norfolk, Virginia

October 17–20, 2018 – View the 2018 Program

Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel | 235 E. Main Street Norfolk, Virginia 23510

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 is now open. Register here.

Registration rates will increase October 5th.

Norfolk Waterside Marriott Hotel 

235 E. Main Street Norfolk, Virginia 23510

A few rooms are still available as of August 27th.

For reservations call: 1 757-627-4200  and mention the NACIS meeting to inquire about block rate availability.

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.

Courtyard Norfolk Downtown

520 Plume Street  Norfolk  VA  23510

We have reserved a room block at Courtyard Norfolk Downtown to accommodate overflow reservations at the special conference rate: $149/night. 

Reservations can be made three basic ways:

  1. By phone either toll free at 1-800-894.7956 or 757-963-6000.  Callers must mention the NACIS overflow.
  2. Online using the one-click link:   Book your group rate for NACIS Overflow
  3. Online at  Select your dates, expand the special codes/awards, enter the codes:

for a King Bed:  NACNACA   for 2 Queen Beds: NACNACB

All reservations need to be made before 11:59 pm Monday, September 17, 2018 in order to qualify for the group discount, otherwise standard rates are around $179.00.   Guests booked under the group code will received discounted parking at $10 per night.  The website alert will say $19, but that is for non-group reservations.  Arrivals prior to 3:00pm are NOT Guaranteed.  Early arrivals will be honored based on availability at the time of arrival. 

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.”

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!

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.

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):