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NACIS News: November 2021

Date posted: November 5, 2021

Our 41st Annual Meeting (and first ever hybrid conference) was a great success. Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to the open and friendly culture of our Society. 

If you attended, please take this short survey and tell us about your hybrid conference experience, good and/or bad. We take our members’ input very seriously and rely on it to shape next year’s Annual Meeting. 

We’ve added recordings of conference presentations to our YouTube channel. Catch up on sessions you missed, re-watch your favorite talks, and share the videos with your friends.

Cartographic Perspectives is seeking a new Editor

Cartographic Perspectives logoThe NACIS Board welcomes expressions of interest in the Editor position for NACIS’s scholarly publication, Cartographic Perspectives. We seek a candidate who appreciates the breadth of cartographic scholarship. The Editor is appointed by the NACIS Board and is an ex-officio (non-voting) member of the Board. We’re open to considering either a sole Editorship or a co-Editorship model. If you are interested in the latter, all co-Editors should submit their application as a team.

The Editor position requires a three-year commitment beginning January  1 2023, with a preceding one-year period shadowing the existing Editor before assuming the role. The aim of this shadowing period is to ensure a smooth transition between Editors. 

The role of Editor includes a range of tasks, including the appointment of the Editorial Board, filling the roles of any open Section Editor positions, guiding papers submitted to the peer-reviewed paper section through the scholarly review process, and taking responsibility for the final decisions on what is published in the journal. There is a small stipend associated with the role, which may be used at the Editor’s discretion to support the work of the journal. The Editor also has the support of an Assistant Editor who undertakes copy-editing and layout for pieces accepted to the journal.

To express interest in the Editor position, please submit a one-page statement and a CV by 17 November 2021 that includes a statement of your vision for the future of the journal and a short description of your past experience with editorial roles. This could include editing of special issues of a journal, scholarly books, or other publications. Any questions about the editorial role can be posed to the current Editor, Amy Griffin.

NACIS student award winners

NACIS offers a variety of student competitions each year. The Cartographic Perspectives Student Paper award gives $1350 USD to the best student-lead-authored paper each year. Our Undergraduate Scholarship comes with an award of $1000 USD to be used towards the completion of studies in cartography. The Map competitions offer up to four $500 USD prizes. This year, we’re pleased to announce the following award winners:

Thumbnail of Georgianna Strode's mapCartographic Perspectives Student Paper Competition: Georgianna Strode

Thumbnail of Helen Walpole's mapStudent Dynamic Mapping Competition (Individual): Helen Walpole

Thumbnail of Jo Hannah Asetre's mapStudent Map & Poster Competition (Design): Jo Hannah Asetre

Thumbnail of Adriana Uscanga's mapStudent Map & Poster Competition (Research): Adriana Uscanga

Thumbnail of Sheen Kim's mapNACIS Undergraduate Student Scholarship: Sheen Kim


Board nominations are open

Want to become more involved with NACIS? Nominate yourself or others for a Board position! Nominations are open until January 31st, 2022. Information and the submission form can be found on our website, or contact [email protected] with questions.

Atlas of Design Volume 6

Photo of the Atlas of Design v5We’re currently accepting submissions of maps to be featured in Volume 6 of Atlas of Design. Please visit our submissions page to enter your work for consideration. The deadline for submissions is January 17, 2022 at 11:59PM PST. We expect Volume 6 to be published in late 2022.

Volumes 1, 2, 3, and 5 are available for purchase now. Volume 4 is currently sold out, but you can join the waitlist to be notified when it gets reprinted.

Get your design into the NACIS Shop

NACIS hoodieSubmit a design to the NACIS Shop! Who better to design mappy swag than the creative cartographers of NACIS? If you have a great idea for a shirt, hoodie, hat, or mug, we invite you to donate it to the shop. All proceeds go to supporting popular NACIS initiatives, including student travel grants, contest awards, interpretive services, and video streaming. 
Make plans to join us October 19–22, 2022 for the 42nd Annual Meeting at The Depot in beautiful downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. We’ll send out the Call for Participation early next year. The conference webpage will go live in early spring, and will contain all meeting details, deadlines, submission guidelines, travel and participation grant applications, and more.

In the meantime, join us on Slack and keep in touch with your NACIS community!
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