Jason Griffey on Blockchain
One use: The data source that keeps track of Bitcoin transactions.
Similar to a ledger or a database.
Many authors at the same time. They can even write contradictory things.
No centralized location. No point of failure. No way to censor it.
Validation: you know the same person made two transactions, even if you don’t know his or her name.
Resistant to manipulation after the fact.
Blockchain being used for:
“Distributed web”: faster, safer, more open (IPFS = interplanetary file structure)
Three possibilities for libraries:
1. Provenance: chain of ownership
2. Distributed bibliographic metadata, a “decentralized OCLC”. You could see records for a certain library or a certain cataloger.
3. Digital first sale: you could keep track of the owner of a digital book. Libraries could lend them, people could sell them, etc.