Special Issue "Blockchain Technology and Recordkeeping"
A special issue of Computers (ISSN 2073-431X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2021).
Records provide evidence of business processes, activities, and transactions and are information assets. Distributed ledger technologies (DLT), including blockchains, combine the use of cryptography and distributed networks to achieve a novel form of record creation designed for tamper resistance and immutability. Over the past several years, these capabilities have made DLTs, including blockchains, increasingly popular as a general-purpose technology used for recordkeeping in a variety of sectors and industry domains, yet many open challenges and issues, both theoretical and applied, remain. This Special Issue of Computers focuses on exploring the frontiers of blockchain/DLT and recordkeeping. We invite submissions of original research work covering novel theories, innovative methods, and meaningful applications that can potentially lead to significant advances in blockchain/DLT and recordkeeping, including but not limited to:
- Ontologies, taxonomies and typologies of blockchain/DLT and recordkeeping;
- Archival science theory and the design of blockchain/DLT record systems;
- Creation of authoritative blockchain/DLT records, including:
- Authenticity of records;
- Reliability of records;
- Integrity of records;
- Usability/discoverability of records;
- Using blockchain/DLT as records systems (e.g., in real estate transactions, supply chain management, healthcare);
- Semantic interoperability in blockchain/DLT record systems;
- Data and record quality in blockchain/DLT systems;
- Applications of artificial intelligence and blockchain/DLT for recordkeeping;
- Application of blockchain/DLT to records management functions (e.g., retention scheduling and appraisal);
- Long-term preservation of records and blockchain/DLT;
- E-discovery, digital records forensics and blockchain/DLT;
- Data protection, privacy and blockchain/DLT;
- Distributed records storage and blockchain/DLT;
- Security of records using blockchain/DLT.
Dr. Victoria Lemieux
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- Distributed ledger technology
- Records management
- Computational archival science