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NACIS MAP-OFF 2007, Lewis and Clark 'Map-Off' in Missouri

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Lewis and Clark ‘Map-Off’ in Missouri!

7:00 pm Wednesday, October 10, 2007 – St. Louis, Missouri

Take a trip down the Missouri River in 1804 and watch as our esteemed cartographers build their maps of the Lewis and Clark expedition – right before our eyes! Maps will be discussed to illuminate the decisions, procedures, and techniques cartographers face in map design and production.

Each participant will determine their own topic and content of their maps, given a series of GIS data and underlying attributes relating to the Meriwether Lewis and William Clark expeditions of 1804 and 1806. Participants may supplement the Lewis and Clark datasets with data from other sources that may be required and relevant to their chosen map topic/project.

Participants are strongly encouraged to do preparatory work on their map projects in advance of the event, but the pressure is on to do the core of the map design work on site, in front of your peers (est. 20 minutes for each participant). This is an opportunity to show off your skills, shortcuts, tricks and decisions in an informal, congenial environment of your best cartography chums. There will be no formal critique element to the event, so creative map approaches are very much encouraged – no matter how ambitious. The event will end with a brief question/answer/discussion period.

We are still looking for more participants! To participate, contact Ginny Mason at vmas@loc.gov for data, format, and specifications!

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