Blockchain researchers at the University of California-San Diego working on the Open Science Chain (OSC), a distributed ledger platform designed to efficiently compile and validate scientific data will benefit from an $800k grant from the US National Science Foundation (NSF).
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The National Science Foundation (NSF), which supports initiatives in the US focused all the non-medical fields of science and engineering, was obviously convinced of the benefits of developing “a web-based cyberinfrastructure platform built using distributed ledger technologies that allow researchers to provide metadata and verification information about their scientific datasets and update this information as the datasets change and evolve over time in an auditable manner.”
Subhashini Sivagnanam, who works for the Data Enabled Scientific Computing (DESC) division at San Diego Supercomputer Center since 2005, was the grant’s recipient. She is an Electronics and Communications Engineer originally from Madras, India, and the chief software engineer of Neuroscience Gateway (NSG).
The beneficiary project she is a part of will establish an ever-expanding recording and verification mechanism where scientific information added by the researchers will stay reliable as the data continue to grow.
The grant starting on September 1, 2018 has a 3-year schedule until August 31, 2021, according to NSF.