Bloxberg is a blockchain initiative formed by 12 research organizations from 10 countries and led by the Max Planck Society, with the National University of Colombia to be the only institution from Latin America. The parties reportedly aim to establish an infrastructure that “broadens the scientific landscape of regionally and nationally governed blockchain networks to become the first truly globally maintained decentralized network by scientists for science.”
Tovar Gutiérrez revealed that the project is still in the pilot phase. Gutiérrez stated:
“The interesting thing about blockchain, for example for intellectual property issues, is that when someone registers something there, neither that person nor another person can eliminate it, then it becomes a certificate of whoever did something for the first time. This is another case of striking use, to identify or record some academic production and demonstrate authorship.”
The consortium also includes such organizations as Carnegie Mellon, UCL, ETH Library at ETH Zürich, Georgia Tech, IT University of Copenhagen, University of Belgrade, University of Johannesburg, University of Kassel, University of Nicosia, and University of Sarajevo.
Earlier in April, two South Korean universities — Yonsei University and Pohang University of Science and Technology (Postech) — partnered to create an entire Blockchain Campus with its own cryptocurrency.