May 22, 2022

VIVO and Datax Win Catalyst Grant From Digital Science to Boost Use of Blockchain in Scholarly Communication

From Digital Science:

Research industry technology company Digital Science has 2018-04-19_08-02-21announced the recipients of its Blockchain Catalyst Grant. This one-off grant was made available to any project implementing Blockchain in a scholarly or scientific context, especially those that addressed the dissemination of research.


VIVO, an open source software project, proposed the use of Blockchain to create new models of research value based on a diverse set of research outcomes and transactions. Researchers will be rewarded for creating, curating, reusing and improving scientific content, including figures, code, datasets, manuscripts, preprints, and projects. The platform will recognize the value in all research outputs without channelling researchers into reliance on one single tool or platform.


The team at Datax in Hong Kong are developing a data ecosystem that will improve the quantity, quality and diversity of datasets available for artificial intelligence learning. The project will allow researchers to crowdsource data with which to train AI’s, while producers of datasets can commercialize their data assets, with the confidence in the financial exchange provided by Blockchain technology.

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