Research Networks

The Quilt

The Quilt Logo: text "The Quilt" an angled USA map with stitched lines overlayed and color blocksThe Quilt, a coalition of 30 advanced regional network organizations, is a dynamic forum where leaders from throughout the advanced research and education network community build on the intellectual capital and best practices of network service providers worldwide.


EDUCAUSE helps those who lead, manage, and use information technology to shape strategic IT decisions at every level within higher education. Its programs and services focus on analysis, advocacy, community building, professional development, and knowledge creation to support the transformative role that IT can play in higher education.


The goal of Internet2 is to bring together institutions and resources to develop new technologies and capabilities that can then be deployed in the global Internet. OARnet is the Ohio GigaPOP for Internet2 and provides connectivity to the Internet2 high-performance network. Recently, access to the Abilene network (the Internet2 network) has been expanded to include baccalaureate institutions, community colleges, K-12, libraries, and museums providing opportunities to the broader education community.