The National University of Columbia is the latest to join the global blockchain consortium for science dubbed Bloxberg. Mauricio Tovar Gutiérrez, co-director of the research group at the university, revealed on April 15.
A group of 12 leading research organizations from 10 different countries around the world came together in order to form the global blockchain consortium for science in October 2018. Bloxberg’s infrastructure is a secure global blockchain where all the members aim to broaden the scientific landscape, foster collaboration among the global scientific community and safeguard it from cryptographic third parties.
The consortium fosters services like proving the authenticity of data, protecting intellectual property rights, sharing of precious research results, peer reviewing and publishing. Additionally, it is also enabling decentralized autonomous research organizations, among other things. Moreover, researchers can also leverage Bloxberg to create a transparent footprint of their work, without revealing its content.
The National University of Columbia is the only institution from Latin America in the consortium. Reportedly, the reason behind the university’s involvement with Bloxberg is the blockchain’s immutable nature which protects intellectual property rights. According to the Gutiérrez:
The interesting thing about blockchain, for example, for intellectual property issues, is that when someone registers something there, neither that person nor another person can eliminate it, then it becomes a certificate of whoever did something for the first time. This is another case of striking use, to identify or record some academic production and demonstrate authorship.
Institutes Under Bloxberg
Other universities that are a part of the consortium working together to achieve the goal of a decentralized global scientific community include:
- Carnegie Mellon
- ETH Library at ETH Zürich
- Georgia Tech
- IT University of Copenhagen
- University of Belgrade
- University of Johannesburg
- University of Kassel
- University of Nicosia
- University of Sarajevo
- Max Planck Society
Blockchain Technology and Research Initiative
Ever since industries realized the true potential of blockchain technology, a significant amount of both money and resources has been dedicated to researching it further. Bloxberg’s blockchain initiative isn’t the only on the list, in fact popular blockchain projects have launched their very own research initiatives for blockchain.
Ripple’s University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI) was launched in June 2018 with an aim to accelerate academic research, technical development and innovation in blockchain, cryptocurrency and digital payments. Eleven top-tier academic institutions from the US and around the world have joined UBRI including, the University of Pennsylvania, the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University, Delft University of Technology (Netherlands) and IIT Bombay, among others.
The Ethereum Foundation
One of the most popular cryptocurrency projects has a foundation that is dedicated to promoting and supporting the Ethereum platform and its base layer research. Earlier in March, the foundation awarded a grant to researchers at Columbia and Yale universities for the compilation of a new smart contract programming language into the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM).
Blockchain initiatives aren’t just powered by famous crypto-oriented projects. On the contrary, famous universities around the world are also investing in blockchain research.
Stanford University, United States
Computer scientists from the prestigious Stanford University have founded the Centre for Blockchain Research, which was an initiative aimed at researching and understanding the complexities of the blockchain technology. The center brings together university scientists and industry leaders under one roof in order to develop the best possible practices for this growing field.
Fudan University, China
Fudan University, also known as the most selective university in the country, opened a blockchain research center earlier this year in February. The Shanghai Blockchain Engineering Technology Research Center is carrying out basic research on blockchain technology, demonstrate its applications as well as provide associated talent training.
It is highly likely that blockchain technology will grow by leaps and bounds with innumerable organizations investing so heavily in blockchain research.