Session 5: Decentralized protocols and apps in science

May 11, 2017 : 11:30 - 12:30

Moderation: Lambert Heller (Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) – German National Library of Science and Technology, Germany)

With the advent of blockchain, it has become relatively easy to keep an immutable, transparent and provable record of structured information. Early takes on decentralized applications based on blockchain and related protocols in the area of research are far-reaching. "Programmable science" concepts utililize smart contracts for IoT sensor networks. Other proposals attempt to incentivise early sharing of research data through immutable time stamps and alternative reputation systems. - Are decentralized protocols an effective lever for making science more reproducible?

11:30 - 12:00 Blockchain for science and knowledge creation: An intro and overview
Sönke Bartling (Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG), Germany)

12:00 - 12:30 peer to peer science
James Littlejohn (Edinburgh Napier University, United Kingdom)

The talk will start with an introduction to the ideas behind a computationally active living knowledge network secured by a science blockchain.  Next a proof of concept demo will be presented highlighting two uses cases. The first will show how a 'traditional'

way of conducting science can fit into a living knowledge protocol and the second will show the use of the Dsensor Mapping Protocol to automatically validate the outcomes of science.

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