Subhashini Sivagnanam, a researcher and software architect, received over $800,000 from the US government-backed National Science Foundation or NSF; The funds he received are going to be used to help develop the OSC or Open Science Chain project, which is a distributed ledger technology (DLT)-based system for efficiently managing data from scientific experiments.

The research fund will start on the 1st of September, 2018

One software architect and developer of the Neuroscience Gateway or NSG, named Subhashini Sivagnanam, has received $818,433 from the US National Science Foundation (NSF) so that he could help fund the development of the Open Science Chain (OSC) project.

According to one award letter, the research funding is going to begin on the 1st of September, 2018 and it is going to continue until the 31st of August, 2021.

The website of NSF has noted that the OSC is going to be implemented utilizing distributed ledger technology or DLT and it is going to permit researchers to work efficiently with data obtained from different scientific experiments, as well as lab studies.

Using DLT for scientific data

Some public records have stated that the OSC project has the purpose of creating a web-based cyber-infrastructure platform which is built using distributed ledger technologies which permit researchers to provide metadata, as well as verifying and update information about their scientific datasets as they change and evolve over time in an auditable manner.

Notably, the National Science Foundation is one of the leading scientific research centers in the world, and it has helped launch a lot of US government-backed projects, as well as studies. In July last year, one researcher at Princeton University has received over $400,000 from the US government to help fund his research on the application of mechanism incentives to blockchain-based digital currencies.

Improvement of the cyber-infrastructure

In January last year, the NSF has announced that it had some plans to help fund projects which are related to exploring the use of blockchain technology in the improvement of cyber-infrastructure. The foundation was looking to fund up to nine different projects, with each of them receiving about $1 million from the federal government.

In the program solicitation of March last year, which was called Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyber-infrastructure, NSF has noted that with the growing amount of remote instruments and the increasing amount data being collected from different, usually remote, wireless and mobile sensors, science is increasingly distributed, as well as virtual.

Some solutions like the introduction of blockchain technology are also needed to guarantee the integrity and confidentiality of data as it crosses several environments like mobile, cloud, campus, as well as Internet networks.

Three years ago, in 2015, the research foundation awarded about $3 million in funding for a cryptocurrency-related research study which was carried out by a group of scientists from University of California, Berkeley, Cornell University, as well as the University of Maryland.


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