Introducing Outside the Neatline!

About Outside the Neatline:

Outside the Neatline is a collaborative effort of graduate students who work at The University of Connecticut Libraries’ Map and Geographic Information Center (MAGIC). Our aim is to give the public a better understanding of what we actually do all day besides high-fiving each other when we find a neat new map. What we actually hope to illuminate is the usefulness of historic maps, digitally storing and displaying paper maps, and how they may be used in current mapping technologies.

Things to look forward to from Outside the Neatline include:

  • Featured Map of the Week – The staff’s favorite picks.
  • How in the World? – How the graduate students turn paper maps into digital wonders.
  • Did You Know? – General geography facts, definitions, and other tasty tidbits.
  • And More! – We’re open to suggestions, what do you want to see?
The main objective of Outside the Neatline is to provide our audience geographical knowledge in a fun and lighthearted way. So we hope you enjoy your visits to our site and please feel free to make this an interactive experience!

About the Authors:

Jeff Dunn earned his M.A. in Geography at West Virginia University and is currently a PhD student of Geography at the University of Connecticut. During semester breaks he works at MAGIC as a GIS Analyst scanning maps, georeferencing, and developing geography curriculum. Jeff’s specific areas of interests are in remote sensing and coastal geography. Outside of academics, Jeff is an avid fly fisher.

Brandon Cramer is a PhD student in Geography at the University of Connecticut. He received his M.A. in Geography from the University of Connecticut in 2008. Brandon is mainly interested in using geography to examine environmental and health issues. He has worked with government agencies to reduce agricultural pollution and analyze geographic disparities in disease and illness. Over winter and summer breaks Brandon is a GIS Analyst at MAGIC and works on scanning and georeferencing current maps and creating custom maps to fit users’ needs by special request.

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