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A Blockchain-Based Approach to Provenance and Reproducibility in Research Workflows

Wittek, Kevin and Wittek, Neslihan and Lawton, James and Dohndorf, Iryna and Weinert, Alexander and Ionita, Andrei (2021) A Blockchain-Based Approach to Provenance and Reproducibility in Research Workflows. In: IEEE International Conference on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency, ICBC 2021. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Communications Society. IEEE International Conference on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency, 3-6 May 2021, Virtual Conference.

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Abstract

The traditional Proof of Existence blockchain service on the Bitcoin network can be used to verify the existence of any research data at a specific point of time, and to validate the data integrity, without revealing its content. Several variants of the blockchain service exist to certify the existence of data relying on cryptographic fingerprinting, thus enabling an efficient verification of the authenticity of such certifications. However, nowadays research data is continuously changing and being modified through different processing steps in most scientific research workflows such that certifications of individual data objects seem to be constantly outdated in this setting. This paper describes how the blockchain and distributed ledger technology can be used to form a new certification model, that captures the research process as a whole in a more meaningful way, including the description of the used data through its different stages and the associated computational pipeline, code for analysis and the experimental design. The scientific blockchain infrastructure bloxberg, together with a deep learning based analysis from the behavioral science field are used to show the applicability of the approach.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/142470/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:A Blockchain-Based Approach to Provenance and Reproducibility in Research Workflows
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Wittek, Kevinwittek (at) internet-sicherheit.deUNSPECIFIED
Wittek, Neslihanneslihan.wittek (at) rub.deUNSPECIFIED
Lawton, Jameslawton (at) mpdl.mpg.deUNSPECIFIED
Dohndorf, Irynairyna.dohndorf (at) karakun.comUNSPECIFIED
Weinert, Alexanderalexander.weinert (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-8143-246X
Ionita, Andreiandrei.ionita (at) fit.fraunhofer.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:2021
Journal or Publication Title:IEEE International Conference on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency, ICBC 2021
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Publisher:Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Communications Society
Status:Accepted
Keywords:Blockchain, ethereum, bloxberg, open science, integrity, reproducibility
Event Title:IEEE International Conference on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency
Event Location:Virtual Conference
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:3-6 May 2021
Organizer:IEEE ComSoc
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space System Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Space System Technology
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Tasks SISTEC
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institut of Simulation and Software Technology > Distributed Systems and Component Software
Institut of Simulation and Software Technology
Deposited By: Weinert, Alexander
Deposited On:31 May 2021 08:49
Last Modified:31 May 2021 08:49

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