A patent application published on Thursday states that the process of conducting scientific research can benefit from the blockchain.
Led by a team from IBM's Watson Research Center, the patent application presents a vision for dynamic collaboration, in which researchers can follow their work beyond institutional boundaries. It is another non-financial application of distributed ledg technology, which IBM has defended in recent months.
This latest patent can be thought of as a sophisticated software modification software, but for science. Or, as the deposit says, a system that provides "a record of tampering with scientific research".
From the deposit:
"The blockchain system can form a blockchain that represents a research project, in which the blockchain includes a first block of search data and a second block of analysis data representing a log of an analysis performed on the research data added to the blockchain which represents the post analysis of the search results. "
The application – titled "Blockchain for Open Scientific Research" – was filed for the first time at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in December 2017. IBM Jae-wook researchers Ahn, Maria Chang, Patrick Watson and Ravindranath Kokku are listed in the inventors.
According to the patent, "at the moment there are limited platforms that allow the sharing of information on scientific research and the transparency of data collection and analysis phases: Existing platforms, without the controls and mechanisms necessary to allow reliable data, as they are few options to ensure that data is resistant to changes. "
IBM is not the only group working on the application of ledger technology distributed to the scientific realm. A Berlin think tank, Blockchain for Science, held its first international conference at the start of this week.
The blockchain flavor patent is one of many for Big Blue. According to data released in September, IBM was behind only the Chinese Internet giant Alibaba in the number of patent applications related to blockchain. The figure quoted at the time has certainly risen in the last two months: a number of
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