Experiments with the Ethereum Blockchain

Ethereum is a platform for decentralised applications, built on top of a blockchain mechanism, which can be used for public data storage and computation. It acts as an immutable public ledger, which provides strong cryptographic guarantees for data integrity. One definitive feature of the Ethereum platform is the ability to execute Turing-complete Smart Contracts. A Smart Contract is a program on the blockchain. We have been investigating the possibilities that the Ethereum blockchain infrastructure affords.

Below you can see some screencasts of some of our recent experiments with Ethereum:

Education

Exploring Blockcerts
Exploring Blockcerts
Proactive job hunting and course finding through badges and smart contracts
Proactive job hunting and course finding through badges and smart contracts
Moodle Open Badges Plugin
Moodle Open Badges Plugin
Tutorials Part 1 – Booking tutorials
Tutorials Part 1 – Booking tutorials
Tutorials Part2 – Reputation
Tutorials Part2 – Reputation
Course H818 – ePortfolios
Course H818 – ePortfolios
Peer Reputation with claimed badges
Peer Reputation with claimed badges
Multi-signed Certificates
Multi-signed Certificates
ePortfolio Collections
ePortfolio Collections
Evidenced Course Demo
Evidenced Course Demo
Simple ePortfolio Demo
Simple ePortfolio Demo
OpenLearn Blockchain Badges Demo
OpenLearn Blockchain Badges Demo
Peer Reputation Demo
Peer Reputation Demo
Course Student Demo
Course Student Demo
Course Admin Demo
Course Admin Demo

IoT and RDF

Introduction to our RDF experiments
Introduction to our RDF experiments
RDF Experiment 1
RDF Experiment 1
RDF Experiment 2
RDF Experiment 2
RDF Experiment 3
RDF Experiment 3
Solar Panel Data Experiment
Solar Panel Data Experiment
IOT Sensor Experiment
IOT Sensor Experiment

Security and Legal

Multi-sig Payment Demo
Multi-sig Payment Demo
IPFS File Encryption Demo
IPFS File Encryption Demo
Contract Data Encryption Demo
Contract Data Encryption Demo
Password Manager
Password Manager
Estate Agent Demo
Estate Agent Demo
Land Registry Demo
Land Registry Demo
Abstract Cubes
Latest Experiment
Exploring Blockcerts
Exploring Blockcerts
Latest Media

Open University in £40m campaign to create more computer scientists

The Open University in Milton Keynes is at the heart of a £40 million drive by the Government to help train more computer scientists. It is leading one of the five main themes – on university learners – being addressed at the new Institute of Coding.

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Recent Talk

Towards the decentralisation of personal data through blockchains and linked data

A talk at the University of Bonn Computer Science Colloquium. It covers how distributed ledgers (blockchains) combined with decentralised linked data technologies such as Solid can support the management of personal data avoiding the issues highlighted in the media around for example, Facebook and Cambridge Analytica.

This event took place on the Wednesday 21st November 2018

Upcoming Event
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Blockchain Hackathon 2019

9th February 2019, Tokyo, Japan

METI has been holding discussions on the applicability of the technologies to the domains of academic degrees, courses and career certifications as well as management of research data, taking advantage of its project titled “FY2018 Industrial Technology Survey”(Research for Applicability of Blockchain Technologies to Universities and Research Institutes to Promote Mobility of Domestic and Overseas Human Resources and Secure Reliability of Research Results as well as Research for Winning of Standards therefor). In light of the discussion results, METI will organize a Blockchain Hackathon, aiming to further promote social implementation of the technologies.

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