Canada: “Archives of the Future: Ottawa’s Bitaccess Builds Federal Blockchain Database”
From the Ottawa Business Journal:
The National Research Council might have just taken the first step towards eliminating the need for physical archives with a new blockchain-based database developed by an Ottawa firm.
Bitaccess builds a digital ledger for public institutions called Catena, which leans on the immutable aspects of blockchain to preserve public records. The firm first announced back in January that it would work with NRC to host a searchable database for IRAP grants, which support early-stage companies’ R&D efforts.
Bitaccess announced Monday that the NRC is taking the next step in its blockchain experiment, adding the IRAP database explorer to the InterPlanetary File System. This cosmic-sounding system is in fact a publicly-hosted blockchain, which holds numerous advantages over the previous web-based application.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.