Folsom, Calif.-based e.Republic, a producer of conferences, publications, and research reports for the public-sector IT market, is ceasing publication of Converge magazine, which covered technology’s impact on K-12 and higher education.

Launched in September 1998 as a monthly publication, Converge began publishing every other month in December 2001. It had a reported circulation of 85,000 at the time of its demise.

The magazine’s resources are being merged into the Center for Digital Education, another division of e.Republic that serves as a national research and advisory institute for educators and industry leaders. Marina Leight, former publisher of Converge, will serve as the center’s new director.

Membership to the center requires an annual fee based on the services provided, which range from white papers, custom research, and advisory services to the Digital Education Navigator, an online business development tool covering the K-12 and higher-education IT markets.

The Converge brand will remain on a wide range of electronic newsletters, special publications, reports, and events, the company said. Bernard Percy, former editor-in-chief of Converge, will serve as a senior fellow for the center.