CartoTalk transitions to NACIS
Posted 10 April 2010 - 11:12 AM
In late 2009, CartoTalk began making a transition to ownership and management by the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS - www.nacis.org). Nick Springer, the founder of CartoTalk, has decided that it is time for others to take on the substantial responsibility associated with maintaining, supporting, and sustaining CartoTalk, and NACIS members are now filling those roles. Nick will continue on in an advisory role for CartoTalk.
NACIS’ primary goal is to make connections between the NACIS community and the large, thriving community of cartographers on CartoTalk. In the next several months the most noticeable changes to CartoTalk will be some minor changes to the look/feel of the forum pages, recruitment of new advertisers (only those directly related to cartography + GIS, so no big changes there), and upgrades to the latest version of our forum software. We do not anticipate any radical changes to how CartoTalk works – it’s already a very successful forum with a tremendously active user base and an amazing team of dedicated moderators who keep things tidy.
As part of the transition effort, NACIS has given a few members specific roles for the management of CartoTalk. My role, as the new editor of CartoTalk, is to handle day-to-day user issues (validation, account problems, advertising, etc…) and to help shape future integration efforts to bring CartoTalk together with the NACIS community and NACIS website. NACIS board members Mark Harrower (Axis Maps) and Matthew Hampton (Oregon Metro) are helping to guide the site transition, redesign, and other technical efforts.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts on how to grow and sustain CartoTalk into the future – we’re especially interested in clever ideas for highlighting what you think is the best/most useful CartoTalk content in a way that will expand its reach and use by the wider cartography/GIS community.
Anthony Robinson, PhD
GeoVISTA Center / John A. Dutton e-Education Institute
Department of Geography
The Pennsylvania State University
Posted 10 April 2010 - 12:54 PM
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Posted 10 April 2010 - 03:19 PM
Does that mean that Carto-Talk will require a price tag or membership in the NACIS in order to use the board?
No, there will be no change to how membership works here at CartoTalk - it will remain free for anyone.
NACIS will simply encourage its members to communicate with one another and the wider Cartography/GIS community using CartoTalk.
Posted 10 April 2010 - 03:39 PM
Posted 10 April 2010 - 03:40 PM
GIS Reference and Instruction Specialist, Stanford Geospatial Center.
Posted 10 April 2010 - 06:00 PM
No, the idea is to hopefully bring more visibility to all the really great content that is sometimes buried in the depths of CartoTalk. We haven't finalized on the best way to present it but Anthony's role will be to manage this effort.
I see your title on the forum is "editor" as opposed to moderator. Suggests an amount of control over content beyond simply weeding trolls, spam and obscene posts... will there be more net sitting as a result of this?
The moderation will still be limited to spam control and only the most inappropriate postings.
Posted 15 April 2010 - 05:37 PM
Nice to meet you Anthony - Welcome to the Cartotalk gang! NACIS as the steward of Cartotalk is a great idea!!
I think there are MANY excellent threads for beginner/early-students of digital cartography that could be summarized as a PDF. Such as "The Best of Cartotalk series" with a dozen issues: labeling, digital tools, design, etc.
Posted 26 January 2011 - 12:42 PM
Posted 15 October 2011 - 09:25 AM
Due to a new job, Anthony Robinson has indicated he no longer has the time to be the Cartotalk Editor and primary contact person. So as of this NACIS meeting, I have taken over from him as the Cartotalk Editor on behalf of NACIS. We are going to be working towards the integration of Cartotalk within NACIS, but rest assured: you do not have to become a member of NACIS in order to be a member here on Cartotalk and Cartotalk will also remain a free forum.
In terms of the day to day management of the site, nothing dramatic will change, except that I am now the primary contact person for all issues, rather than Anthony. In due time we will be moving to a new version of the board software, but you will all be informed about that when things will start happening.
So for now, I would like to thank Anthony for his all efforts on behalf of Cartotalk, as well as the NACIS board for their trust in me.
If you as users have any suggestions as to what NACIS could do to improve Cartotalk even more, please feel free to share them. The board and I will be very interested to hear them.
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