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Newark, NJ, August 31, 2021 – Edge, a nonprofit research and education network and technology partner, has announced a partnership with IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity. The two organizations will collaborate to offer increased awareness of institutional subscriptions to IEEE DataPort — a web-based, cloud services platform supporting the data-related needs of the global technical community — making it available to academic, government, and not-for-profit institutions across the United States.

IEEE DataPort provides a unified data and collaboration platform which researchers can leverage to efficiently store, share, access, and manage research data, accelerating institutional research efforts. Researchers at subscribing institutions will gain access to the more than 2,500 research datasets available on the platform and the ability to collaborate with more than 1.25 million IEEE DataPort users worldwide. The platform also enables institutions to meet funding agency requirements for the use of and sharing of data. 

“As research in nearly all domains becomes more data intensive, providing institutions with the ability to store, share, access, and manage high quality data is critical.  This agreement facilitates that opportunity. Edge and its peer Regional Research and Education organizations have a substantial overlap in technical domains of interest with IEEE, and will leverage their very wide and deep relationships with research organizations across North America to promote IEEE DataPort,” said Dr. Forough Ghahramani, Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Sponsored Programs at Edge.

The partnership advances the mission of EdgeDiscovery, a research and discovery framework providing access to leading-edge technology to support collaborative research and educational opportunities.

“IEEE is pleased to have the opportunity to work with Edge in bringing IEEE DataPort to researchers and institutions. IEEE and Edge both understand the critical need of the research community for replication and extension of data intensive studies, to meet funding agency requirements, and for a secure platform on which to store, manage and provide accessibility to research data. IEEE DataPort is a full-service data platform that can serve all researchers and all institutions and help them meet the requirements for managing research data,” according to Dr. David Belanger, Chair, IEEE DataPort Project.  

Existing Edge members and other North American academic and government institutions interested in learning more about IEEE DataPort, please contact Edge at

Corporations and institutions outside North America can subscribe to IEEE DataPort directly through IEEE.  Learn more at IEEE DataPort™ | Discovery & Open Science 

About Edge:
Founded in 2000, Edge, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, serves as a purpose-built research and education wide area network and technology solutions partner. Edge connects members with affordable, easy access to high-performance optical networking, commodity Internet and Internet2 services, and a variety of technology-powered products, solutions, and services. The Edge member consortium consists of colleges and universities, K-12 schools and districts, government entities, healthcare networks, and businesses spread throughout the continental US. The group is governed by the New Jersey Presidents’ Council with offices in Newark, Princeton, and Wall Township, NJ. For more information, please visit:

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About IEEE

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