NACIS 39th Annual Meeting
Tacoma, Washington

October 16–19, 2019

Hotel Murano  ¦  1320 Broadway, Tacoma Washington 98402

Do you love maps, data, visual storytelling, and cartographic design? Do you want to learn the latest in mapping design, production, and theory? Do you enjoy spending social time with your mapping peers, or want to make new friends and contacts in the cartographic community?

Then make your plans now to participate in the Annual Meeting of the North American Cartographic Information Society in Tacoma, Washington. 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 39th Annual Meeting.

The Meeting will be held at the Hotel Murano from October 16-19, 2019. Our hotel reservation block sells out every year, so please make your reservations early to ensure you get the NACIS discounted rate of $189 per night. Get your reservations online at:

Hotel Murano registration

or call (253) 238-8000 and ask for the NACIS block rate.

Registration for the Annual Meeting (Main Conference, Practical Cartography Day and other events) will be available here around mid-summer.  Information on student and professional travel grants and more will be posted soon.

For details more on the content of the Annual Meeting, visit the What to Expect page.

Keynote Announced: Kate Harris

Kate Harris is a writer with a knack for getting lost. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in Outside, The Walrus, and Canadian Geographic, with citations in Best American Essays and Best American Travel Writing. A former Rhodes and Morehead-Cain scholar, she studied the history of science at Oxford and biology and geology at UNC-Chapel Hill and MIT. She lives off-grid near the border of British Columbia, the Yukon, and Alaska. Her first book, Lands of Lost Borders, won a Banff Mountain Book Award and is shortlisted for the RBC Taylor Prize.

From the Siachen Glacier in contested Kashmir to the Chinese-controlled Tibetan Plateau, author Kate Harris has spent years exploring fraught borderlands, whether on a bicycle, on the page, or both. Weaving adventure, history, and reflections on her travels, Harris’ talk will examine the meaning of “exploration” on a mapped world.

NACIS Night Out: Swiss Restaurant and Pub, 1904 Jefferson Avenue, Tacoma, Thursday October 17th, 6:30-9:30 pm

NACIS Night Out is your chance to make new carto-friends and catch up with those you already know.  Dinner and a drink are included in the registration cost.  Tickets may be limited so sign up with your conference registration.


A NACIS 2018 Story Map

Learn what it is like to attend a NACIS annual meeting from this story map about the event.

Conference Recording and Streaming

In 2019, NACIS plans to continue recording and streaming Practical Cartography Day and the Main Conference Sessions, so that the knowledge we share in Tacoma 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!


Questions about Tacoma NACIS 2019?

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):