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Blockchains for Scientific Data
Thu, April 27, 2017, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM BST
Dr. Tom Kirkham
Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Lab.
What if you wanted a database that was owned by no-one and everyone. What if you wanted that database, entrusted to strangers, to be trustworthy and hack proof? Welcome to Blockchain.
Blockchain is the high profile technology which underpins many cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, and is often associated with Financial Services.
However its applicability is much wider than this - with applications across various industries. In essence it is a distributed database, which is inherently resistant to modification of data, once recorded. Hence it is secure by design - particularly focusing on being tamper-proof and offering non-repudiation.
The forthcoming talk by Dr. Tom Kirkham, of the Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Lab, will look at the technology, and how it can be used in a scientific environment. Starting with an overview of Blockchain technology, the talk will explore why it is often seen to have great potential in changing in how data is shared. Focusing on challenges facing the scientific community the talk will then describe how Blockchain could improve data provenance and why this is important. A practical example will be given on how the technology can be applied to this problem based on work done at STFC.