blockchain

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Quantum Supremacy and Blockchain

The Blockyball or Blockhelix is on the way.   Quantum computing is here.  Google made it work with a 53 qubit processor called Sycamore cooled to nearly absolute zero.  The 3 minutes and 30 seconds of calculations done would take 100,000 computers 10,000 years to replicate.  IBM says that their own 53 qubit processor, with conventional engineering, could replicate Google’s results in 2 1/2 days. It […]

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When you’re behind, Way behind

Learning from Healthcare Healthcare is one area of Blockchain application that libraries can learn from.  For example, it is currently under consideration as a means of helping stem the tide of counterfeit prescriptions. It would be more important than most applications, because counterfeit drugs are a 200 billion dollar market.  They are often made with wrong ingredients. Other sources point to issues in other arenas that […]

Sovereign identity on how many networks?

So far, I have been unable to find an identity that works on multiple networks.  Please comment if you have. In the library world, we have OCLC, which is a network of networks.  Melvyl linked the UC system and was eventually subsumed into the larger co-op. If libraries make their own network (again, remember it would replace a co-op), would it be only one network?  Would […]

Will libraries act? 1978 and 2018

  Back in 1978, California passed Proposition 13, which began the defunding of many public services, including libraries.  It was the beginning of what was branded right away as the Tax Revolt.  The journal of academic librarianship understood it right away.  An editorial by RMD in the July issue of that year referring to librarians said, “They must sell libraries to their communities.”  After what was a stirring […]

San Francisco Blockchain Week

SF Blockchain Week is where blockchain startups, enterprise companies, academics, developers, and investors from around the world come together to define the future of blockchain and cryptocurrencies. The main events for SFBW are the following: CESC | October 28 – 29, 2019 | UC Berkeley Blockchain Career Fair | October 30, 2019 | UC Berkeley Epicenter | October 31 – November 1, 2019 | SF Downtown […]

Blockchain: Libraries and Beyond

Today, I heard from Georgina Serey at the Chilean National Library.  I had asked for a demo ID to use to wander around their holdings.  This link shows how to get an ID for numerous online services. It turns out that one needs a national ID called RUN (Rol Único Nacional) first.   The two most interesting features appear to guard against hacks.  The first is that […]

A library worth browsing that uses Blockchain: CEPAL Chile

While contacting libraries that use Blockchain to look for a demo, I came across this one.  It is headquartered in Santiago, Chile.  There are branches in other countries, and the English version of the acronym is ECLAC, which is the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.  In spite of the events in Chile at this writing, the site is still working. Their collection of […]

The Official Translation from Chile

Earlier, I posted my translated excerpt of the paper linked below.  The link leads to the IFLA site, which now has the original paper, along with the official English translation in its entirety.     VERA LOBOS, Felipe and LAGOS LAGOS, Hernán (2019) Decentralizing Latin American library infrastructure: Testing and pilot implementation of a decentralized library lending system based on credentials of sovereign and interchangeable users built with Blockchain technology. […]

Lessons from the past for peer-to-peer networks

For libraries, Blockchain represents the opportunity to build their own networks.  Beyond being independent of such entities as OCLC, libraries will be able to redefine relationships with patrons.  The lessons of the past show how this opportunity can either define the future or be passed by.  Here are the three main lessons from the past of Bibframe, Word and Linux. Agreement to act is necessary.  Bibframe […]

How Blockchain might evolve, 3: Bibframe timeline

This could also be viewed as a MARC (MAchine Readable Cataloging) timeline.   The story of why MARC continues and why Bibframe failed illustrates that it is not enough for something to be better or even for everyone to agree that the old solution has outlived its usefulness.  There also has to be an agreement, either from the top or bottom, to use the new solution. Photo […]

How Blockchain might evolve, 1: Linux timeline

Le Central in San Francisco has kept the same stew going for over 40 years.  A perpetual stew or soup is something from the era before refrigeration, constantly kept warm, never completely emptied and with new ingredients added to fill the pot.    So it is with the Linux kernel.  It was released in 1991.  Since then, there has always been something new.  It mixes with the old […]

Practice changes the theory

Most of what we have written about concerns new peer-to-peer paradigms, which are inspired by blockchain and BTC (Bitcoin).  If financial networks can be peer-to-peer, what about other things?   Now it’s time to look in the other direction.  Is blockchain supporting old paradigms?  It is.  In terms of how things worked a couple of industrial revolutions ago, it’s a tool like a wrench.  A wrench can […]