On Monday this week (20th August 2018), the National Research Council of Canada announced that they are launching an experimental “blockchain explorer” programme as part of their ongoing research into the uses and applications of blockchain technology.
This latest development follows the NRC’s live blockchain trial in collaboration with the Candian government, back in January. The post explains how the new trial, which was developed by Bitaccess, is now being hosted on the Interplanetary File System (IPFS):
IPFS functions as a peer-to-peer method of storing and sharing data in a distributed manner. Unlike regular webpages, web applications hosted on IPFS are unalterable and can be accessed far into the future, even if the original web host has gone offline. In other words, the web application used to view NRC IRAP’s blockchain data – also known as a blockchain explorer – is not being hosted in only one location where it could be subject to site failure or other access issues. Instead, the move to IPFS will ensure the application is hosted by a multitude of computers so data is always accessible and immutable.
The NRC’s work is using Bitaccess’ Catena Blockchain Suite. Bitaccess co-founder Moe Adham, had this to say:
Our goal is to enable institutions to become fully transparent, and enable constituents to participate in the verification and validation of public information. We built the Catena Blockchain Suite as a simple, low risk, application for institutions to get introduced to blockchain technology. So far the reception has been terrific.
Based in Canada, Bitaccess operates in over 15 countries, providing blockchain services. According to their official site, Catena “is an industry first product to quickly enable publishing of complex datasets onto public or private blockchains. Utilising smart contracts and hardware security modules, Catena enables a new level of data consistency and integrity.”
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