GeoVISTA at North American Cartographic Information Society annual meeting

The GeoVISTA Center had a strong presence at the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) 2011 meeting, held this week in Madison, Wisconsin.

Grad affiliate Paulo Rapaso presented during the poster session, Scale-specific Automated Map Line Simplification by Vertex Clustering on a Hexagonal Tessellation.

GeoVISTA Center Assistant Director Anthony Robinson chaired a session where several GeoVISTA and Penn State people presented papers:

  • Comparing Cartographic Point Symbol Design with Card Sorting Methods by Raechel Bianchetti, Alan MacEachren, Alexander Klippel, Anthony Robinson, Frank Hardisty, Justine Blanford, Rui Li and Jinlong Yang
  • Placement of You-Are-Here Maps: An Empirical Study using Multiple Approaches by Chelsea Gilliam, Jinlong Yang, Alexander Klippel, Brian Chorman and Rui Li
  • Using Web-Based Tools to Share Symbology: A Case Study with Mapmakers from the California Department of Water Resources by Sarah E. Troedson and Anthony Robinson

GeoVISTA Faculty Associate Cindy Brewer presented two papers: NACIS Presentations on Terrain Inspire Penn State "Applied Cartographic Design" Course with co-authors Jason McGilloway and Stephen J. Butzler; and Multiscale Terrain Representation for The National Map with co-author Andy Stauffer.

GeoVISTA alumni were also featured at the conference. Erik Steiner served as the Program Chair, Michael Hermann presented during the Poster Session, and John Krygier was a discussant on a panel about Art in Modern Cartography. Rob Roth and Carolyn Fish each presented papers during the Dynamic Mapping session, while Mamata Akella presented a paper during the Serving Online Maps session and Robert Edsall participated in a panel discussing Core Principles in Teaching Cartography.

For more information, contact Krista Kahler at

Visit to learn more.