Register for Free MOOC: Blockchain & Decentralization for the Information Industries Mar 11 – Apr 21, 2019



Blockchain technology is a trend on the brink of revolutionizing the public and private sectors, and it is on the radar of many who are curious about its global disruptive potential for accessing and sharing information among individuals, organizations, and governments.

This MOOC will provide a background for individuals involved with libraries, urban planning, government agencies, publishing & other organizations to understand the issues and applications of distributed ledger technology. The topics will include: overview of blockchain technology; implementation issues, considerations, and challenges; related decentralized systems; potential applications; and, future directions.


At the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Describe and explain the early uses of distributed ledger technology and the design of current blockchain systems.
  • Recognize the differences and similarities among various decentralized systems, and determine the most appropriate blockchain applications.
  • Compare and evaluate the advantages/disadvantages of using blockchain or other types of technologies for different applications.
  • Identify the ways blockchain can be applied in the information industries.

Target Audience: The target groups include a global audience of individuals and organizations who have interests or financial stakes in the information services industries. These include information professionals and partner institutions: library organizations, consortia, and associations; publishers; urban planners; government agencies.

Course is offered by San Jose State University School of Information.


Affiliate, metaLAB at Harvard

Jason Griffey is the founder and principal at Evenly Distributed, a technology consulting and creation firm for libraries, museums, education, and other non-profits. Jason is an Affiliate Researcher at MetaLAB at Harvard, an idea foundry, knowledge-design lab, and production studio experimenting in the networked arts and humanities. Read More.

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