IBM: Open Science Research Can Benefit From Blockchain

Nov 12, 2018 at 23:29

Tech giant IBM said blockchain can innovate scientific research in a way that encourages dynamic collaboration and allows ease in tracking developments across national borders.

The application titled “Blockchain for Open Scientific Research” filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office talks about integrating a blockchain and data collection and analysis for open scientific research.

“Currently, there are limited platforms that allow for sharing information about scientific research and showing transparent data collection and analysis steps,” read the application for the patent invented by IBM researchers Jae-wook Ahn, Maria Chang, Patrick Watson and Ravindranath Kokku.

Existing platforms that do so “lack the requisite controls and mechanisms to allow for trustworthy data, as there are few options for ensuring that data will be resistant to modification.”

Open science is the practice in which people of the academe can collaborate and contribute in a single research project.

Such method has been pursued to be implemented in the field of science so as to encourage transparency and bring ease in the manner of communicating knowledge to the public.

The application, steered by a team at IBM’s Watson Research Center, is one of the several non-financial application of the distributed-ledger technology which IBM has filed.

It was filed in December last year but was only published on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s website on Nov. 8.