Place-Based Education

Engaging students in their own communities through local history, local culture and the local environment. An initiative of the Massachusetts Studies Project at UMass Boston.

June 24, 2008
by Joanne Riley

A “MySpace” for Local Studies in Massachusetts


Announcing the launch of a new social networking site for “humanities practitioners” in Massachusetts, built on the Ning platform.

The National Endowment for the Humanities has funded this experiment, with additional support from the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston, and Mass. Humanities.

Check out the MAStudies Network at and join up if this collegial group of Commonwealth collaborators suits you!

December 7, 2006
by Joanne Riley

Massachusetts Natural Heritage Program

The Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program is responsible for the conservation and protection of hundreds of species that are not hunted, fished, trapped, or commercially harvested in Massachusetts. The Program’s highest priority is protecting the approximately 178 species of vertebrate and invertebrate animals and 264 species of native plants that are officially listed as Endangered, Threatened or of Special Concern in Massachusetts.

See the list of Rare Species Occurance List By Town

October 6, 2006
by Joanne Riley

Massachusetts – Factbites

Factbites was created by Rapid Intelligence, a content technology company based in Sydney, Australia. Their focus is on computational linguistics, data mining and artificial intelligence. They demonstrate these competencies through "Factbites," a search engine more interested in content analysis than link popularity.

This entry shows the Factbites results for a search on "Massachusetts"

Link: Massachusett – Factbites.

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