The University of Connecticut Libraries' MAGIC (Map and Geographic Information Center), collaborates with agencies, organizations, and centers to provide the public with access to maps, atlases, gazetteers, aerial photographs, and geospatial data pertaining to the state of Connecticut, New England and the world. MAGIC digitizes public-domain and copyright free maps and resources in order to enable researchers to have digital access to these resources. MAGIC's is focused on "Digitizing the Past to Empower 21st Century Research" as we work to develop an interdisciplinary collection of geospatial resources and maps which focus on the state of Connecticut.
The Connecticut State Data Center (CTSDC), a collaboration between the Office of Policy and Management (OPM), the UConn Department of Geography, and the UConn Libraries, joined MAGIC in October 2010. The Connecticut State Data Center is part of the nationwide State Data Center network of the U.S. Census Bureau and provides assistance and support with census datasets with a focus on Connecticut.
MAGIC's newest collaboration, the Scholars' Collaborative, is a pilot project to provide faculty and students with the space, expertise, and project management assistance they need to develop innovative projects using digital tools. The Scholars’ Collaborative serves as a hub for the emerging digital scholarship community at UConn.
Included below are the Annual Reports for the University of Connecticut Libraries Map and Geographic Information Center - MAGIC which highlights accomplishments and initatives throughout the calendar year.
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Included below is a listing of presentations related to MAGIC projects, concepts, and collections. Presenters include students, staff and librarians which currently work or have worked at MAGIC in the past. Links to related presentation materials are included with each presentation (if available).
Howser, Michael. "Making MAGIC with Your Data: Interactive Maps, Map Mashups, and Data Visualization Tools" on January 13, 2012 at the Institute for Teaching and Learning Winter Institute (Storrs, CT).
Batt, Steve, Denton, Curtis, Howser, Michael, Lin, Jie, Pollak, Jon. "Locating 2010 Census Data" on January 24, 2012 at Connecticut Department of Public Health (Hartford, CT).
Howser, Michael. "Finding Data Using the New American FactFinder" on February 9, 2012 at Yale University (New Haven, CT).
Batt, Steve, Howser, Michael. "Locating Census Data using the New American FactFinder" on February 27, 2012 at UConn Greater Hartford Campus (West Hartford, CT).
Howser, Michael, O'Brian, Kevin. "Developing Historical Infrared Aerial Imagery Indexes for Connecticut" on March 12, 2012 at the Connecticut Conference on Natural Resources (Storrs, CT).
Howser, Michael, Osleeb, Jeffrey. "Connecticut State Data Center Update" on May 11, 2012 at the Connecticut State Data Center Annual Affiliates Meeting (Storrs, CT).
Batt, Steve, Howser, Michael, Lin, Jie, Pollak, Jon. "Census Data and Spatial Applications: Transforming Census Data into Maps" on May 22, 2012 at the Spring NEARC Conference (Northampton, MA).
Howser, Michael. "Enabling Geospatial Data Access vis Education: A MAGIC Approach" on May 22, 2012 at the Spring NEARC Conference (Northampton, MA).
Howser, Michael, Miller, Bill. "Aerial Photography and Historical Maps of Connecticut" on June 1, 2012 at the Connecticut Explored Exhibit at the Hartford Public Library (Hartford, CT).
Batt, Steve, Howser, Michael. "Census Data and Connecticut" on June 21, 2012 at the Data Driven Connecticut Conference (East Hartford, CT).
Howser, Michael. "Migration Data Resources" on July 9, 2012 at the PIER Conference at Yale University (New Haven, CT).
Dougherty, Jack & Howser, Michael. "On the Line: A Preview" on February 15, 2011 at the Connecticut Humanities Council Meeting (Middletown, CT).
Dougherty, Jack & Howser, Michael. "On the Line: A Preview" on February 15, 2011 at the Connecticut State Library Middletown (Middletown, CT).
Dougherty, Jack & Howser, Michael. "On the Line: Preview" on March 22, 2011 at the Connecticut State Library (Hartford, CT).
Howser, Michael. "Exploring the Past: Research Meets Interactive Mapping" on March 30, 2011 at the NorthEast Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP) Annual Conference (Providence, RI).
Howser, Michael. "Census 2010 and Its Impact on Libraries" on May 3, 2011 at the Connecticut Library Association (CLA) Conference (Stamford, CT).
Denton, Curtis & Howser, Michael. "Comparing Neighborhood Change in Connecticut 1934 to Present using Google Maps API" on May 17, 2011 at the Northeast Arc Users Group (NEARC) Spring Meeting (Northampton, MA).
Denton, Curtis, Dougherty, Jack, Howser, Michael, & Pollak, Jon. "Historical Mapping with Digital Tools" on June 22, 2011 at the NEURISA Ignite Spatial Hartford (Hartford, CT).
Dunn, Jeffrey. "Geospatial Coffeehouse: What's brewing at ESRI 2011 User Conference" on July 28, 2011 at the UConn Geospatial Coffeehouse (Storrs, CT).
Batt, Steve, Howser, Michael. "Census 2010 & Connecticut" on August 5, 2011 at the New Haven Free Public Library (New Haven, CT).
Denton, Curtis, Dougherty, Jack, Howser, Michael. "Engaging Students with Interactive, Web-based Mapping" on November 13, 2011 at the NEARC GIS Educators Conference (Saratoga Springs, NY).
Howser, Michael. "The Numbers are in...2010 Census for Connecticut" on November 17, 2011 at Connecticut GIS Day (Hartford, CT).
Howser, Michael. "Making MAGIC with Your Data: Methods for Visualizing Data using 2010 Census Data" on November 18, 2011 at the Neag Assessment Colloquia Series (Storrs, CT).
Howser, Michael. “Interactive Meets Semantic: Implications of Web 3.0 for GIS Data & Maps" on February 26, 2010 at University of Connecticut GeoSeminar Series (Storrs, CT).
Dunn, Jeffrey. “Digital Media and Learning in Geography Panel Discussion" on April 16, 2010 at Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting (Washington, D.C.).
Dunn, Jeffrey. “MAGIC 2.0: Using GIS to Empower K-12 Curriculum Development" on April 17, 2010 at Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting (Washington, D.C.).
Howser, Michael & Miller, Bill. “Reference Librarians Toolkit: Maps" on April 20, 2010 at 2010 Connecticut Library Association (CLA) Conference (Uncasville, CT).
Dougherty, Jack, Dunn, Jeffrey & Howser, Michael. “Interactive Mapping for Education: Collaborations for Success" on May 11, 2010 at 2010 Northeast Arc Users (NEArc) Spring Meeting (Northampton, MA).
Howser, Michael. “Future at MAGIC" on May 11, 2010 at 2010 Northeast Arc Users (NEArc) Spring Meeting (Northampton, MA).
Howser, Michael & Miller, Bill. “About Scanning & Metadata Standards" on June 3, 2010 at the North East Map Organization Annual Meeting (Portland, ME).
Howser, Michael & Miller, Bill. “Maps and GIS Data for the 21st Century" on June 8, 2010 at Fuss & O'Neill (Manchester, CT).
Dunn, Jeffrey “BILKO Remote Sensing Open Source Software" on June 18, 2010 at the Connecticut GIS User to User Network Meeting (Waterbury, CT).
Dunn, Jeffrey & Howser, Michael “The 'Where' in Education: Integrating Curriculum through Spatial Thought" on July 11, 2010 at the ESRI Education User Conference (San Diego, CA).
Dunn, Jeffrey “What is GIS" on August 2, 2010 at the Connecticut Geographic Alliance Teachers Workshop (Storrs, CT).
Dougherty, Jack & Howser, Michael “Spatial Perspectives: On the Line" National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) Podcast on August 9, 2010.
Avery, David "Augmenting the Reality of the Classroom: Integrating Location-Based Concepts Within the Curriculum" on October 15, 2010 at EDUCAUSE 2010 (Anaheim, CA).
Miller, Bill "Navigating the World through Online Map Sources" on October 15, 2010 at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (Waterbury, CT).
Dougherty, Jack & Howser, Michael “On the Line Project Preview and Feedback" on October 19, 2010 at Trinity College (Hartford, CT).
Denton, Curtis, Dougherty, Jack & Howser, Michael “On the Line: A Preview" on October 30, 2010 at the New England - Saint Lawrence Valley Geographical Society (NESTVAL) Conference (Storrs, CT).
Dougherty, Jack, Howser, Michael & Tatem, David “Mapping Connecticut History
and Spatial Inequality with On The Line" on November 17, 2010 at GIS Day 2010 (New Britain, CT).
Dougherty, Jack, Howser, Michael & Miller, Bill “On the Line: A Preview and Feedback Session" on December 13, 2010 at the Hartford History Center (Hartford, CT).
Spaulding, Benjamin. Geospatial Infrastructure and Technology Association Annual Meeting, 2009. “Developing Online GIS Technology for Historical GIS”
Howser, Michael. “MAGIC 2.0: Maps and Geographic Data meet Interactivity” on April 17, 2009 at the Educational Technology Meeting (Storrs, CT).
Howser, Michael. “MAGIC 2.0: Discovering Research Resources in New and Exciting Ways” on April 24, 2009 at the University of Connecticut Geography Department (Storrs, CT).
Spaulding, Benjamin. Northeast Arc Users Group Spring Meeting, 2009. “Creating WMS Google Mash-Ups using Historical GIS Data from MAGIC”
Howser, Michael & Miller, Bill. “Library Collections Meet Web 2.0 – Tools for “Wow!, Cool!, Awesome!” User Experiences” on June 5, 2009 at the New England Library Instruction Group (NELIG) annual program (Portland, ME).
Howser, Michael & Miller, Bill. “Mix, Mash, and Share: Empowering 21st-Century Research with Maps" on November 5, 2009 at EDUCAUSE 2009 (Denver, CO).
Spaulding, Benjamin. Keene State College, Department of Geography, 2008. “Lying with Maps”
Spaulding, Benjamin. University of Connecticut, Applications of Geographic Information Systems course, 2008.“Modeling in GIS”
Spaulding, Benjamin.”MAGIC 2.0: The Development of Web-Based GIS Applications for Historical GIS Data” on October 31, 2008 at the New England - Saint Lawrence Valley Geographical Society 2008 Annual Meeting (Plymouth, New Hampshire).
Spalding, Benjamin. “Recent Developments at MAGIC: Incorporating Open GIS Standards into Online Mapping Tools” on November 19, 2008 at Connecticut GIS Day at Southern Connecticut State University (New Haven, CT).
Howser, Michael. “MAGIC 2.0 Overview” on December 11, 2008 at Connecticut Demographics Studies Advisory Committee at UConn Greater Hartford Campus (West Hartford, CT).
Spaulding, Benjamin, Stanwicks, Sarah & Miller, B. Northeast Arc User Group 2007. “Developing a Geographic Information System Index for Historical Aerial Photographs”
Spaulding, Benjamin & Stanwicks, Sarah. NESTVAL meeting of the Association of American Geographers, 2007 “Developing a Geographic Information System Index for Historical Aerial Photographs.”
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MAGIC has one of the largest map collections in the Northeast. The collection is focused on maps of Connecticut and the Northeast. The following will describe some of the highlights of ourcollections
Connecticut Maps - Town-by-Town
MAGIC houses a large collection of Connecticut town maps for each of its 169 towns. These maps include agricultural maps, historical road maps and historical census maps that come from a variety of sources. The numbers and types of maps varies for each town with each of these maps being digitized and available via our website..
USGS Topographic Quadrangles
MAGIC is a repository for USGS topographic quadrangle sheets. Located in the Homer Babbidge Library on Level A, the maps are organized by state then by quadrangel and are available whenever the library is open. For users that need quick access to topographic maps, each of the Connecticut topographic maps from 1880s to 1990s are available in georeferenced TIFF formats and the USGS provides a national topographic map viewer for historical and current maps for free download via an interactive map viewer.
Atlases and maps from around the world
MAGIC's collection of regional, thematic, and historical atlases represent areas from around the world ranging from Nirenstein National Realty Atlases of the United States, Historical Connecticut Atlases, National Atlases from a number of nations, and even Atlases of Galaxies.
The maps in MAGIC are in a number of languages such as Russian, Japanese, Arabic, and French. For more information about MAGIC'scollections please contact us at email@example.com.
Scanning and Digitizing our Collections
MAGIC is committed to scanning maps from our collections to make them avaialable online and free for public use. Digitization efforts have focused on New York-New Haven Railroad maps, Connecticut geology maps, historical town maps of Connecticut, and a number of other collections. As these maps are digitized they will be made available via MAGIC's website.
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Dunn, J. (2011) Cartographer for Hartford Courant News In Education "Geography Is On The Map" Series
February 18, 2011 "Southwest Asia/North Africa"
March 25, 2011 "U.S. Cultural Music"
April 29, 2011 "World Biomes"
Howser, M. (2011) MAGIC Now Offering TIFF Images. Connecticut Geo-Focus, Spring 2011.
Howser, M. (2011) Connecticut State Data Center Joins MAGIC. Connecticut Geo-Focus, Spring 2011.
Merritt, G. (2011). Geography Bowl: Water, Water Everywhere Reading Maps, Orienteering Part Of Challenge For 19 High School Teams. Hartford Courant, May 17, 2011.
Dunn, J. (2010) Cartographer for Hartford Courant News In Education "Geography Is On The Map" Series
- September 24, 2010 "Gulf Oil Spill"
- October 8, 2010 "Food Exchange"
- October 22, 2010 "Connecticut Watershed"
- December 10, 2010 "Ring of Fire"
Howser, M.(2010) CT User-to-User Network Update: GIS Education and Training Opportunities, in Connecticut Geo-Focus, Winter 2010.
Dunn, J. & Howser, M. (2009). Having Fun with Maps: A Faculty Learning Community Approach. University of Connecticut Libraries Newsletter, 2.
Howser, M. (2009). MAGIC 2.0: Interactive, Collaborative, and User Friendly. University of Connecticut Libraries Newsletter. 2.
McLeod, N.(2009, October). Case Study - Geospatial Data Distribution Cadcorp web-based GIS software drives the MAGIC in Connecticut. GEOconnexion International Magazine, 40-41.
Chauvin, D. (2008). A digital archive of historical railroad property valuation maps. UCCGIA papers and proceedings, no. 5. Storrs, CT: University of Connecticut, Center for Geographic Information and Analysis.
Spaulding, B. D., Stanwicks, S. (2007). Developing a geographic information system index for historical aerial photographs. UCCGIA papers and proceedings, no. 3. Storrs, CT: University of Connecticut, Center for Geographic Information and Analysis.
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The University of Connecticut Libraries Map and Geographic Information Center - MAGIC, utilizes Google Analytics and Flickr to analyze usage statisitcs for various collections and resources provided by MAGIC. The MAGIC Annual Reports include a summary of these statistics by year and included below are yearly and monthly views of usage statistics for MAGIC.
LocationMap and Geographic Information Center (MAGIC)
Homer Babbidge Library
369 Fairfield Rd, Unit 1005M
University of Connecticut
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-1005
Monday - Friday
1:00pm - 4:00pm
for in-depth assistance we recommend making an appointment
Website Design and Code Acknowledgements
- Website Layout is based upon Matthew James Taylor's The Perfect 3 Column Liquid Layout
- Research Help Status is from the Realmac Software Forum
- Pop-over menus for adding mash-ups on your own website are from Lightbox 2 by Lokesh Dhakar.
- Icons for Facebook, Delicious and others are from iconspedia.
- Search interfaces and result pages were created using Google Custom Search Engine (CSE)
- Article Search Multi-database search provided by EBSCO Search Box Builder.
- Website statistics are obtained using Google Analytics.
- Research help chat via webpage provided by Meebo using the MeeboMe widget.
- Share icon and capability provided by Add This.
- MAGIC's blog is hosted on Google's Blogger Platform.
- RSS Feed incorporation on MAGIC's homepage uses Google Reader.
- RSS analytics provided by Google's Feedburner.
- Curved Corners for Website are based upon CurvyCorners Code.
- Map 3D Wall utilizes Cooliris embedable wall code.
- Historical Map Collection is hosted on Flickr.
- Mash-up inspiration and code based upon Mike Williams google maps api tutorials.
- Mash-up troubleshooting and ideas provided by Google Maps Discussion Board.