The British National Archives is reportedly looking into using the blockchain technology with hopes of creating authentic digital records.
Named ARCHANGEL, the project is composed of the National Archives, the UK Open Data Institute, and the University of Surrey. It intends to create a blockchain prototype that will reveal the audit trail of the extent of a document’s edition. As to the project’s financing, The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will shoulder the burden.
“ARCHANGEL is exploring how we can know that a digital record has been modified and whether the change was legitimate so that ultimately it can still be trusted as the authentic record,” explained Alex Green, the manager of the National Archives Digital Preservation Services.
On the project’s official website, the team will dedicate 18 months of studying to “co-creating and evaluating a novel prototype Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) service with end-users to determine how archival practices, sustainable models, and public attitudes could evolve in the presence of a trusted decentralised technology to prove content integrity and ensure open access to digital public archives.”
The team is ecstatic about the project, thereby making “a promise that no individual institution could attempt to rewrite history.”
The team says that the blockchain ledger would also be shared with the rest of the world once it has been accomplished.