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Monday, April 10, 2017

Survey: Blockchain Technology - the Records Manager's friend?

There are of course a great many ongoing surveys at any given time, but why am I featuring one on W2tQ c/o the discussion list at JISCMail's RECORDS-MANAGEMENT-UK?

In terms of the posts, reports, papers, tweets and other media blockchain technology is a phenomena that is bound to stay and spread beyond the bitcoin cryptocurrrency. Consider:

Dubai could become first Blockchain powered city. (2017, March 31). Financial Services Monitor Worldwide, p. Financial Services Monitor Worldwide, Mar 31, 2017. 
Arabianbusinesscom Staff. (2017, January 03). Du, NMC Healthcare to transform Electronic Health Records with Blockchain. ITP.net, p. ITP.net, Jan 3, 2017. 
Joseph Conn. (2016). Could blockchain help cure health IT's security woes? Modern Healthcare, 46(45), 0014.
Silverstein, E. (2016, July 13). Could health care benefit from blockchain technology? LifeHealthPro, p. LifeHealthPro, Jul 13, 2016.
This is clearly a topic to watch. Here is Rob Begley's survey:
On Monday, 10 April 2017, 14:30, Rob B AT GMAIL.COM wrote:

Survey: Blockchain Technology - the Records Manager's friend?

Blockchain technology, and its underlying applications, is the new disruptive technology that has emerged in recent years which has excited a lot of people because of its ‘potential to transform everything’*
Hello, my name is Rob Begley, a Masters student on the Information and Records Management course at Northumbria University. I am looking for responses to an anonymous and mobile friendly 4 minute questionnaire which is hosted on the secure, and UK based, Bristol Online Surveys servers.


This survey forms part of my dissertation and the results will be used to establish whether information and records professionals in the United Kingdom and Ireland are accepting of, and using, new technologies - in particular Blockchain. Final results will not only feed into my MSc dissertation report but will also feature in a future IRMS Bulletin article.

Aimed primarily at information professionals but open to all so please join in to help us get a clearer picture – even if you don’t know about Blockchain Technology! Feel free to share this survey with colleagues.

Blockchain, essentially, is an open distributed ledger that lives on a network of synchronised computers environment that collectively capture and verify when a transaction takes place – therefore eliminating a reliance on trusted third parties. Any time something of value gets exchanged, the data surrounding that exchange are recorded, encrypted and placed into a “block” visible by anyone granted access to the network. Those blocks are then “chained” together chronologically, creating a timeline that can be traced to an initial transaction.

Blockchain has been described as a 'record keeping technology which could dramatically alter recordkeeping'** and could change how many information professionals work in the future. But is it really of any practical use and who actually uses it? This questionnaire aims to answer those questions.

* Tapscott, D. & A. (2016) The Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World, Penguin Books, ISBN 978-0670069972

** Lemieux, V. (2016) ‘Blockchain Technology for Recordkeeping: Help or Hype?’ Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia.

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