Please submit your contribution. It will be reviewed (by the organizers and scientific committee). It will be decided whether it can be presented as talk, lightning pitch or poster. The submission will be published on the webpage.
There will be space for posters in usual sizes. We will accept all minimally reasonable submissions (as in open science there shouldn´t be a pre-publication filter). Additionally, the abstract can be submitted to the Frontiers
Research Topic acting as a proceeding of the conference.
Format can be, but does not have to be:
Standard abstract, but also free form, we will accept any current format (Word, Text, PDF, html, ...). The length of the abstract can vary in between 100-5000 words.
(We are intentionally flexible, so to reduce overhead work and let you focus on the content).
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Thank you very much and we are looking forward to your contribution.
DLT4RTD will offer a disruptive, blockchain-based crowdsourcing instrument to seminally improve quality, speed and credibility of complex, multi-disciplinary Research & Technology Development (RTD) initiatives. This Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) enables a game-changing business model leveraging so far untapped, best-in-class competences, skills and facilities of organisations and individuals to comprehensively democratise RTD for the benefit of economies and societies on a global scale. With its innovative, multi-tier secured scheme based on formalised reputation / staking / ranking and “competitive parallelisation” of tasks and their validation to independent entities providing oracle-triggering inputs, as well as smart legal contracts, simplified intellectual property arrangements and business-compatible financial transactions, DLT4RTD addresses the weak link at the sensitive interface of the blockchain with the real world.
For decades the universities in Asia have measured progress in research performance by benchmarking to the ISI article citation index as a ‘gold standard’. This practice became institutionalized when most government funding
agencies adopted citations as the primary indicator of impact for a scientist and their university. Not surprisingly, researchers, universities and funders focused myopically on publishing output as a proxy for impact.
With no trusted means to engage with colleagues and be recognized for their contributions, researchers had little incentive to share their findings and have lost time and opportunities to influence and advance the work
My last 3 years of experience in research outreach, by partnering with ARTiFACTS.ai across Asia have helped me see the challenges of changing research management behaviours, and observe the beginnings of gradual transformation by a few universities starting to be more engaging by sharing their research outcomes in different forms. Unfortunately the awareness of blockchain technology and its application in scholarly communication is still new within the university. Its adoption involves a broader group of stakeholders who must participate in evaluating the implications, establishing best practices, and selecting the right solutions. In this session, I will outline these challenges in greater detail and will propose ways we can extend the decentralized science infrastructure to Asia by working together.
Announcement: In my talk, rather than presenting another revolutionary blockchain project for science, I will outline key obstacles and challenges of adopting DLT technologies to the needs and day-to-day business of researchers
and their institutions. The talk summarizes the experience of scientists, IT experts, entrepreneurs and university staff who either tried or considered using blokchain and similar technologies (smart contracts, cryptocurrencies,
DAO) in 2018-2019.The following issues have emerged:conflict of values (scientists detest acting as entrepreneurs, seeking profits and “selling” their research, “selling” one’s science on the market is awful); fear
of peers (the process of seeing one’s work judged by someone outside a closed circle is a traumatic experience that should be avoided at all costs)blockchain is a new form of control and coercion rather then an instrument
that gives more agency and freedom to scientistsdistrust of politics (DAO is inherently political, and public decision-making is allegedly prone to vote manipulation and mob rule).conservatism (who needs a new open
science journal on blockchain when there plenty of good journals?)unsatisfactory end user experience for blockchain technologies (“unless it’s a good as Telegram or GoogleDocuments, who would use it?”)Could these challenges
can be overcome? Has blockchain lost its hype appeal? Does it have much chances of winning over individual scholars and larger research communities, or is it destined to go under the hood and enter science only as a
service component in big corporations’ projects?
During the First Blockchain for Science Conference in 2018 the team of melda.io and ARTiFACTS met on the Hackersday,
sharing knowledge about both platforms and found a mutual starting point to enter the market of reproducible research and trusted provenance.
ARTiFACTS is a distributed ledger and transaction engine that records a permanent, valid, and immutable chain of records for all scientific and academic research ‘transactions’ including citing/attribution. melda.io is a cloud-based scalable data science and executable publishing platform with a strong computation engine running R and Python. By combining the two products, data scientists will have access to much stronger set of tools when they are searching through publications, incorporating/citing others’ findings in their own research and protecting ownership and provenance of their work. This collaboration will address key pain points experienced by data scientists, especially making research results easier to track and trace for future reference.
After our partnership announcement end of December 2018, both teams developed an integration between the two products. Currently the teams are further optimizing the integration with the goal to bring it live beginning of 2020.
During the second Blockchain for Science Conference on 4-5 November, ARTiFACTS and melda.io will demonstrate the added value created by this collaboration. We will provide a short live demo of the integration and point out how this integration benefits scientists who are struggling with the practical aspects of reproducible research and trusted provenance of their research.
Both ARTiFACTS and Melda.io teams look forward to having an interactive session where researchers can elaborate on their needs in the area of reproducible research and trusted provenance.