National Science Foundation (NSF), a United States government agency that supports fundamental research and education, has granted $818,433 for developing distributed ledger platform which will help researchers efficiently access and verify data collected through scientific experiments.
The NSF grant was won by Subhashini Sivagnanam, a researcher and software architect with the Data Enabled Scientific Computing division at the San Diego Supercomputing Center, who is now developing the Open Science Chain (OSC), a proposed distributed ledger for researchers.
According to public records, OSC will allows 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.’
In other words, the OSC network would constitute a living digital catalog of their work, growing as more information is developed and added. Researchers will be able to better trust the data they are examining, according to the abstract.
According to the award letter, the NSF grant will start on September 1, 2018, and carry through until August 31, 2021.