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High-quality atlas production, large-format cartography, geographic visualization, and assisting the management of the campus are key areas of work at the University of Oregon’s InfoGraphics Lab. The lab’s Assistant Director, Ken Kato, will illustrate their design and production approaches with a presentation featuring a look under the hood of two current atlases, “The Atlas of Yellowstone” and the “Archaeology and Landscape in the Mongolian Altai: An Atlas”, both built on the successes learned during the creation of the “Atlas of Oregon” and how those techniques and lessons learned were employed while assisting ODOT with the publication two official state maps – Highway and Bike - using ArcMAP. This effort made great use of ESRI’s Cartographic Representation functionality, allowing the map to achieve high-quality design goals, ones they would normally rely on graphic design for, without breaking direct ties to the underlying GIS data layers. His talk will also demonstrate how their room-level GIS and mapping system for the University of Oregon campus was used as a central piece for Emergency Management, Planning, Operations and Communications of the Olympic Track and Field Trials held on campus in 2008 – and how maps and GIS played a key role in coordinating a large number of Emergency Response groups – local, state, federal, military, etc.

 

 

 Ken Kato Assistant Director of the InfoGraphics Lab in the Department of Geography at the University of Oregon. The InfoGraphics Lab is a research and production facility in the university‘s Department of Geography that specializes in the integration of GIS and graphic design tools with cartographic design, atlas design, and web-based dynamic cartography. A nationally-recognized leader for its work in atlas cartography and interactive GIS, the lab develops cartographic and GIS solutions for state and local agencies and collaborates with faculty from across the university to bring expertise in GIS science to research projects. His current research and project interests are is the design and management of Enterprise GIS/Geodatabase applications that are geared to support the creation of rich cartographic products, both print and web, in addition to supporting primary data and analysis needs as well as mobile GIS applications.