Blockchain and Timestamping Posts

⛓️ GenR has started to use the blockchain timestamp with the new plugin for WordPress from the Netherlands based outfit Wordproof. It is a free to use service only released this June 2019 at the Berlin hosted WordPress Camp EU #WCEU. 

The purpose of the timestamp is to prove the date of publishing by placing a copy of the post content on a blockchain. This blockchain copy is then linked to your post and displayed on your WordPress site.

You can see an example here on the GenR post ‘A Community Science Index‘. 

The timestamp (proposed) standard used is here https://github.com/wordproof/timestamp-standard

Since WordPress makes up more than 30% of the web CMSs then its a smart move to introduce trust mechanism like this.

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From WordPress Camp EU #WCEU

Here’s a youtube interview with Sebastiaan Van Der Lans of Wordproof​​​​​​​, post #WCEU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbFtktqpxbk

#WCEU Slides

Open Science & Climate Change Resources: A Collaborative Index — Contribute!

🌍 The climate index is part of the GenR theme ‘Open Science and Climate Change‘ for which there are two areas of inquiry:

  • firstly, a low-carbon energy future — technologies and innovations, and;
  • secondly, climate sciences — monitoring and understanding the environment and the effects of climate change.

Contribute: Add a project, paper, software, data set, call-outs, etc!

Add an item, chat, or leave a comment

Join us over at the open pad on the CryptPad platform and add items or leave a comment.

In early autumn 2019 highlights of the Open Science & Climate Change Resources Index will be published on GenR and at a later date an open collaborative paper will follow summarizing the findings of the indexing process.

Welcome to Post-Digital Community Science!

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A Generation Research theme: April/May 2019

Invitation to contribute!

The theme will start in mid April 2019 and over the course of six weeks GenR will look to offer up examples of cutting edge work in the field from across Europe.

If you would like to make a contribution please drop the editor-in-chief Simon Worthington a line at simon@genr.eu or DM @gen_r_ on Twitter.

In this Generation Research theme the idea is to look at how the general public can participate in the research process and the creation of knowledge as Community Science and how this is reinvigorating a culture of scholarship and science in society at large.

Citizen Science is booming around the world but the degree to which it is open varies greatly, as does formal support for Citizen Science across disciplines, organizations and countries.


‘LIBER Open Science Roadmap’ (Ayris et al. 2018)
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Barcamp Open Science 2019: Supporting Community Building for Open Science

The Barcamp Open Science take place in Berlin, 18 March, 2019. https://www.open-science-conference.eu/barcamp/

Generation Research – Barcamp session suggestion

https://etherpad.wikimedia.org/p/oscibar2019_session_proposals

We would like to find out what you would like to see happen for ‘community building’ from the Research Alliance Open Science (not that GenR speaks directly for the Alliance), for your individual community, too further the ‘open movement’, or for ‘science done right’?:

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