Blockchain for Science

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Jon Brock:

"Krzysztof Janowicz and Pascal Hitzler with six other colleagues [1], lists six possible uses of blockchain for science and scientific research publishing:

  • Making journal management workflows transparent.
  • Storing and curating scientific data to improve access and support reproducibility of results.
  • Connecting researchers to funding sources and allowing researchers to bid for existing proposals.
  • Managing intellectual property, establishing identity, and preventing fraud.
  • Making decisions of scientific organisations more transparent and enabling voting on important decisions.
  • Opening up the algorithms and data sources behind metrics such as impact factors.

In each case, Janowicz and his colleagues note the opportunities afforded by blockchain. But they also acknowledge the practical challenges and potential unintended consequences of technological solutions to what are essentially human problems."