Blockchain Technology is Being Trusted for Cultural Heritage Preservation in China

Based on the unique design of blockchain for exchanging information, the digital identify of each cultural heritage can be transferred among different parties at lower costs with higher efficiency, so that we can enlarge their economic and social values.

Researchers from Tshinghua University, stated in the patent.

With the emergence of blockchain technology, it started off by taking over cryptocurrency domain of digital currency but now proceeds to benefit in industries beyond. This technology of database primarily uses blocks to store information in the form of transactions, and other blocks consequently keep on piling onto each other. Bringing into use these perks of blockchain, the technology pertains the potential to revolutionize pretty much everything. This could be cost effectiveness and traceability in supply chain management or quality assurance at times of tracking of batch checks, for documentation, accounting or for global transactions and especially highlighting on Cryptographic Heritage as of latest!

The big idea of digital assets envelops the use of blockchain technology in not only protecting but preserving cultural heritage against any political or national conflicts. The rare needs to be secured. This technology tends to be the most promising among other traditional mediums of documentation as blockchain serves as a transparent medium – public ledger where anything, once recorded, cannot be hidden, undone or deleted.

Cashing on to its advantages, a Chinese team from Tshinghua University, set out to preserve national heritage of its own, seeking patent for their idea. Their project meant to accumulate and digitally shared cryptographic copies of pivotal national objects. Once the patent was publicized, the idea captured attention of many.

The team of three members from Chinese Tshinghua University included combined capabilities of a researcher, Dr. Tan Jiajia, and the head of the University’s Academy of Art and Design, Lu Xiaobu. These inventors briefed in writing that they will carry out their cryptographic invention into two phases:

Phase 1 – It starts off with computer simulation, a three dimensional representation of pivotal cultural heritage under context. This object scanning via 3D computing model stands important to have a digital realm of physical heritage.

Phase 2 – The next phase accounts for a process called hashing. Hashing includes usage of variety of data structures and algorithms. Bringing use of a combination of these large data structures are transformed into small keys – hash. Records of each key is distinct and unique. Thus, after computerized modeling, hashing uses a cryptographic technology to store data of every object into a private blockchain.

The inventors claim that they also intend to bring nodes of blockchain into use by adding onto mediums of other cultural heritage and ethnic inheritances. All these could altogether build upon national ledgers and thus a complete unique archive representative of respective history. One of the most eminent reasons of storing cultural heritage is that at the time of conflict, be it national or political, these monuments get prey to being a primary target of destruction.

Once this idea has gained grounds, it might end up not only preserving historical monuments rather monuments and cultural arts and crafts of every era including present for future generations to see and explore.

One issue that needs concern is that blockchain as a digital global currency always captured attention and huge talk and praise, however, underlined uses of blockchain technology haven’t been highlighted as such. Despite offering a wide suite of tools and error-free database to be used by all, it is still in developing phase and envelops controversies.

Starting off with whether blockchain has established itself as much as to record non-financial data on it, especially because writing on blocks directly could be very costly, rare and could distend the system. However, despite uncertainties and disagreements on the go, blockchain technology as of now, proves to be the most promising.

Rubab Haider

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