bloxberg is the blockchain from science for science
with the largest PoA network worldwide, run only by research organizations
bloxberg’s mission is to advance science with its own blockchain infrastructure and to enable society as a whole to secure data with the reputational proof of research organizations worldwide.
Dedicated to this mission, the bloxberg Association facilitates and accelerates the decentralized blockchain bloxberg and scientific applications running on top of it. The core activities of the bloxberg Association involve
- a network of international research organizations in the field of blockchain technology
- the operation and the further development of the bloxberg blockchain
- fostering the exchange among the scientific blockchain community
- the establishment and deepening of international contacts
- exchange of experiences between science, business, technology, administration, and the judiciary
Workflow on the bloxberg blockchain – validation, transactions, creation of blocks and dApps
The bloxberg Association consists of research institutions who run nodes. Each research organization will be restricted to running one authority node on the network. The association is responsible for running and maintaining the underlying infrastructure of the network. All rights and duties are defined in the detailed bloxberg governance model
Decentralized applications running on top of bloxberg can be developed by third parties, association/consortium members, scientists, amongst others. The bloxberg Association fosters the development of apps that benefit the scientific ecosystem.
Through the bloxberg API Scientific dApps communicate with the bloxberg blockchain to provide services to scientists and researchers
The bloxberg consensus is governed by a Proof of Authority algorithm. This algorithm was chosen based on consistency, availability, performance, and previous use in large networks. A detailed protocol audit is available for review.
The blockchain itself is based on a permissioned implementation of Ethereum
Varied use for science with the global bloxberg blockchain
The Max Planck Society initiated, together with eleven other research organizations from ten different countries (see bloxberg founders), the international decentralized bloxberg blockchain at the beginning of 2019. All twelve institutions saw the potential of the groundbreaking possibilities and the enormous potential of a genuinely decentralized global infrastructure for the future of science.
When the initiator of bloxberg, the Max Planck Digital Library, entered the field of blockchain, they only wanted to solve the problem of “timestamps for research data, whenever and wherever” for the scientists of the Max Planck Society. Due to the lack of finding an existing suitable blockchain solution, they decided to establish an utterly novel blockchain run by scientists for science to avoid influence from commercial entities in a direction that conflicts with the goals of science. The goal was to create a scientific blockchain that meets the expectations of the scientific community, such as ratability, continuity, performance, independence from commercial interests, and reputation.
The story goes that after three days of intensive, controversial, and constructive discussions, while snowed in at castle Ringberg in the Bavarian Alps, the bloxberg founders passed the bloxberg whitepaper 1.0 in February 2019, with the governance rules and the infrastructure specification of the bloxberg blockchain, constituting the genesis of bloxberg.