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Smart Contracts for Research Data Rights Management over the Ethereum Blockchain Network

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posted on 2018-09-07, 12:24 authored by Adrian-Tudor PanescuAdrian-Tudor Panescu, Vasile Manta
This article presents a new method for managing digital reuse rights of research data, which leverages technologies such as the blockchain and smart contracts. This allows, on one hand, the creation of a permanent record on the agreements between the authors of the data and the reusers, with the possibility of verifying compliance at any time, and on the other hand, a higher level of granularity on defining the conditions of reuse. A practical implementation of such a workflow using the Solidity smart contract language is included, along with a brief analysis over the Ethereum blockchain network.


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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Science & Technology Library on 22/05/2018, available online: