John Domingue
KMi Director (Project Champion)

I’m KMi’s Director and I’m interested in how blockchains can be used within higher education and corporate training and also the relationship between semantics, big data and blockchains. Within the learning area I see a number of scenarios where radical improvements may occur including: embedding micro certification within blockchains; the development of educational currencies to support the crowdsourced accreditation of ‘soft skills’ such as collaboration, communication and leadership by peers; and new disruptive models for teaching and learning where intermediary layers are removed resulting in dramatically reduced costs and increased openness. Interoperability between blockchains and the automation of a number of tasks associated with the development of blockchain applications (DApps) through semantic technologies is a second focus.
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Zeeshan Jan
PhD Research Student

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Michelle Bachler
Project Officer

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Robert Herian
Lecturer in Law

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Alexander Mikroyannidis
Research Associate

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Umar Mir
Research Associate

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    Tabbasum Naz
    Research Associate

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      Bashar Nuseibeh
      Professor in Computing

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        Blaine Price
        Senior Lecturer

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          Kevin Quick
          Communications Project Manager

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          Stefan Rueger
          Professor of Knowledge Media

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            Allan Third
            Research Associate

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              Chris Valentine
              Research Associate

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              Yijun Yu
              Senior Lecturer in Computing


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                The OpenBlockchain team have a wealth of knowledge and experience and a testbed architecture to support investigations in the use of blockchain in almost any scenario imaginable. We provide Research Consultancy Services that are tailored to your individual needs and can support anything from improving your understanding of the potential of blockchain, to in depth technical discussion and testing of scenarios at prototype stage. We are keen to build research relationships with commercial and academic partners and to identify sources of research funding that we can leverage to fund longer term relationships. We have already submitted a number of bids to research grant funds in the UK, working with commercial partners in domains including energy management, professional development, teaching and recruitment.


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                John Domingue – The Future of Education

                Professor John Domingue, Director of the OU’s Knowledge Media Institute, discusses developments in technology which he sees impacting on education in the long and short term as part of our ‘future of education’ campaign.

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                Webinar Slidewiki's Open Education Trials & Semantic Blockchain

                In this webinar, Alexander Mikroyannidis and Allan Third present the applications of Blockchain in education and the importance of the Semantic Blockchain. They also present their work in the H2020 SlideWiki project, which supports the collaborative authoring of open courseware.

                This event took place on the Tuesday 14th August 2018

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                Blockchain Europe Roundtable

                30th October 2018, Hotel Thon Bristol Stephanie, Brussels

                The Blockchain Europe Roundtable is a meeting and discussion platform for EU policy makers, EU agencies, member states and competent bodies, academics and industry leaders to reach an EU-wide consensus to support effective management of blockchain applications.