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Investigation of Possible Uses of Blockchain Technology by Libraries-Information Centers to Support City-Community Goals

Co-PIs: Dr. Sandy Hirsh and Dr. Sue Alman
Funding Agency: Institute of Museum and Library Services
Funding Amount: $100,000
Funding Period: 2017-2018

Summary: Through a national forum, the project investigates ways that blockchain technology can be used by libraries to partner with other organizations and to support city or community goals. Blockchain technology is a shared digital/electronic ledger featuring a constantly updated list of transactions. It is supported by a peer-to-peer network that may be either public or private. This technology has the potential to help libraries develop a distributed metadata system; facilitate better digital rights management; and create a protocol for supporting community based collections. Read more here