Thursday, January 27, 2011

Follow us on Outside the Neatline!


We are migrating the news and updates from the Map and Geographic Information Center to the Outside the Neatline Blog. This transition allows us to combine updates from the Connecticut State Data Center with the Map and Geographic Information Center. The Outside the Neatline blog features updates on US Census related resources/datasets, new data offerings, grant opportunities, and more. To keep on the latest news, updates and resources
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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

NESTVAL Geobowl Champions

Congratulations to the University of Connecticut Department of Geography NESTVAL Geobowl team!
Last Friday on October 29th, Adam Pokusa, Anthony Erstad, Jeff Dunn, Naomi Lazarus, and team captain Brandon Cramer faced 5 other teams representing: University of New Hampshire, Southern Connecticut State University, Central Connecticut State University, Keene State College, and Salem State University.

Left to Right: Adam Pokusa, Anthony Erstad, Jeff Dunn, Naomi Lazarus, and Brandon Cramer.


Team Captain Brandon Cramer accepts the 2010 NESTVAL Geobowl trophy.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Our New Logo

You may have noticed that our previous logo featuring Jeff & Brandon, has been replaced with a new one. While everyone at MAGIC really liked the past logo, we wanted to open our blog up to additional graduate students, both present and future.
I'd like to thank Thomas Bachant for the design of Outside The Neatlines' new logo!  Look for new posts soon!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Connecticut State Data Center Joins MAGIC

The University of Connecticut Libraries Map and Geographic Information Center - MAGIC is pleased to announce that the Connecticut State Data Center - CtSDC, the public portal for Connecticut Census data, is becoming a part of MAGIC. Over the next few months, the Connecticut State Data Center website will be revised to include more census and related datasets in a number of formats for numeric and geospatial analysis.

More updates will be coming soon. If you have any suggestions and recommendations on how to improve access to US Census data and related datasets for Connecticut, feel free to contact us at magic@uconn.edu

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Connecticut Geo-Focus Newsletter - Fall 2010

The latest issue of the Connecticut Geo-Focus newsletter is now available. In this issue you will find articles and updates on the following topics:

Friday, September 24, 2010

MAGIC GeoCommons Enhancements Coming Soon!

MAGIC is delighted to announce that the former Map Library Reading Room space, now known as the MAGIC GeoCommons, will receive new furniture and equipment. The upgrading of this space will involve the replacement of the current reading room tables and chairs with new, flexible furniture which will be movable and accommodate a wider range of users. The following digram highlights the configuration for this space with Phase 1.2 and Phase 1.3 scheduled to be completed at the end of Fall Semester 2010.

Enhancements for this space will include:
  • 30 chairs with wheels to enable collaboration
  • 5 tables on wheels which can be reconfigured to accommodate large and small groups
  • 1 collaborative table with 46" LCD screen with laptop connectivity
  • Addition of laptop connectivity to the existing GeoCommons collaborative table
We want to thank the University of Connecticut Libraries Planning Team for funding the MAGIC GeoCommons space enhancement! Thank you!

For more details on the MAGIC GeoCommons visit: http://magic.lib.uconn.edu/geocommons.html

Monday, August 30, 2010

Fall Semester Workshops @ MAGIC

If you are interested in learning hands-on about how to create maps for projects, websites, classroom demonstrations or more then consider signing up for one of MAGIC's Fall Workshops. Included below are a complete listing of workshops including days/times and links to register for the workshop.

Google Maps: Basics

Have you seen customized Google Maps and wondered how could I do that? This hands-on workshop will explore how you can create customized Google Maps which you can add to a website or use to showcase your own research.

Date: Friday, September 17, 2010
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Undergraduate Research Classroom – Level 1 Homer Babbidge Library




Google Earth: Basics

Have you ever wondered what Google Earth can do? This hands-on workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to learn how to create virtual tours, explore locations over time, and more all within this freely available application.

Date: Friday, October 22, 2010
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Undergraduate Research Classroom – Level 1 Homer Babbidge Library





Making Maps Online

Want to create a map and share it with colleagues or a class? This hands-on workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to learn how to create maps using ArcGIS.com which can integrate data from multiple sources, be viewed on mobile devices, and create a series of maps to highlight areas of interest for projects and/or your own research.

Date: Friday, November 19, 2010
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Undergraduate Research Classroom – Level 1 Homer Babbidge Library




All workshops are free and available to students, faculty, staff and the general public. Be sure to register early as workshops as enrollment is limited. For a complete listing of all workshops available from the University of Connecticut Libraries visit: http://lib.uconn.edu/instruction/workshop/