New England Online launched

The New England Board of Higher Education launched New England Online last week, with the intention of providing the six-state region with a centralized presence on the Internet.

New England Online (www.newenglandonline.org) was unveiled Sept. 9, and the plan is for it to serve as a "virtual gathering place" for the region's online population, said Charlotte Stratton, director of publications and information systems at NEBHE. "Individuals from the different constituencies can come to the site and know that we did the legwork for them to help answer questions and do the work they need to do," she said.

The site provides information and links about New England in six topics: general information, education, government, business and economy, community service and the arts.

Future applications will include more links and possibly user registration for individually tailored information and searches as well as online discussions, Stratton said. "This is a resource to develop a dialogue among the different constituencies," she said. "Researchers, policy people and regular citizens can use it to access regional information in many different areas...and future [features] depend on the 'do-ability' of our vision for the site."

The site is sponsored by NEBHE, in cooperation with the New England Council, a regional business organization, and the New England Governors' Conference; it is financially supported by the AT& T Foundation.

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