The US government will help fund a distributed accounting platform developed by researchers at the University of California-San Diego.
Subhashini Sivagnanam, a researcher and software architect with the data-driven scientific data division of the San Diego Supercomputing Center, won $ 818,433 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop the Open Science Chain (OSC) , a distributed ledger that will help researchers access and efficiently verify data collected through scientific experiments, according to the NSF website.
NSF, a long-standing scientific organization, serves as a key channel for US research efforts to tap into federal resources. The governmental organization has funded numerous blockchain projects in previous years, including those focusing on different aspects of cryptocurrency incentive mechanisms and cases of use of blockchain technology.
Public records show that the project involves "a web-based cyberinfrastructure platform built using ledger technologies that enable researchers to provide metadata and verification information on their own scientific data sets and update this information when data sets change and they evolve over time in a verifiable manner. "
In short, the network would be a living and digital catalog of one's work, growing as more information is developed and added. Researchers will be able to better trust the data they are examining, according to the abstract.
The grant will start on 1 September 2018 and will continue until 31 August 2021, according to the letter of assignment.  Image of the supercomputer through Shutterstock