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Using a Blockchain-Based Platform in Scholarly Communication


ARTiFACTS, creator of a blockchain-based platform for scholarly research, have formed a partnership to advance the use of blockchain in scholarly communications with Innovative Education Services (ies), the Asia-Pacific based consulting firm focused on enhancing quality and global visibility of Asian-Pacific scientific research. Under this partnership, ARTiFACTS and ies will work together to expand the use of blockchain technology to help academic institutions, their researchers, and funding organizations throughout the Asia-Pacific region improve speed, collaboration, access, transparency and attribution in scholarly research.

ies will train its clients on the ARTiFACTS platform and will also provide access for these clients to start using the platform to establish proof of existence for research outputs, share research artifacts, and provide and receive immutable attribution in real-time during the research process. Researchers will benefit from the ability to simply and securely share in-process work to speed collaboration and build reputation as research is conducted. Academic institutions will benefit from the enhanced visibility of world-class research created by their investigators, improving their enterprise reputation and introducing new collaborative opportunities. Funding organizations will hone their understanding of the outcomes and impact of their research grants.

Chief Academic Officer and Co-Founder of ARTiFACTS, Dave Kochalko explained: “ARTiFACTS and ies are both focused on addressing challenges in scholarly communications to improve the visibility of research outputs, accelerate the research cycle, and enhance recognition of researchers’ achievements in real-time. Our partnership will help achieve these objectives, expand our respective user communities, and also enhance connections among researchers and their institutions in Asia-Pacific with their counterparts globally.”

The two entities have agreed to pursue implementations of the ARTiFACTS platform with leading academic research institutions and research funding organizations in the Asia-Pacific region. In turn, these institutions will make the ARTiFACTS platform available to the scholars and scientists they support. Collectively, this collaboration will bring the benefits of a blockchain-based approach to scholarly knowledge and attribution dissemination to a region experiencing rapid growth in outputs and interest from the global community.

Woei Fuh Wong, General Manager for Consulting at ies, remarked: “This is an exciting opportunity for us to offer expanded research outreach solutions, helping researchers to improve the visibility of their work. This synergistic partnership helps to promote open science and strengthen the values of transparency and reproducibility in th fast-growing Asia Pacific research community.”

Matthew Warner
Based near Windsor, England, Matthew Warner is an enthusiast for innovative, cutting edge technologies. He is a B.Eng. graduate in engineering with honors from the University of Warwick and also holds an PGCE in education degree. Matthew is a member of Mensa.