“In an example, the blockchain system can form a blockchain representing a research project, wherein the blockchain comprises a first block of research data and a second block of analysis data representing a log of an analysis performed on the research data,” according to the patent filing’s abstract. “Summary blocks and correction blocks can also be added to the blockchain representing the post analysis of the research results.”
The patent was filed last year but only recently released by the U.S. Patent Office.
The researchers added that currently “there are limited platforms that allow for sharing information about scientific research and showing transparent data collection and analysis steps. Platforms that do exist lack the requisite controls and mechanisms to allow for trustworthy data, as there are few options for ensuring that data will be resistant to modification.” Read more here.