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https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-2019-65
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https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-2019-65
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Submitted as: short communication 26 Sep 2019

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A new model for intra- and inter-institutional soil data sharing

José Padarian and Alex B. McBratney José Padarian and Alex B. McBratney
  • Sydney Institute of Agriculture & School of Life and Environmental Sciences, The University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Abstract. Data sharing and collaboration are critical to solving large scale problems. The prevailing soil data-sharing model is based on different groups sending their data to a lead party. This model is of a centralised nature and, consequently, results in the participants ceding their control and governance over their data to the lead party. Here we explore the use of a distributed ledger (blockchain) to solve the aforementioned issues. We explain what a blockchain is and some of its characteristics to then describe some features of a blockchain that makes it an interesting candidate for an inter-institutional database. Finally, we describe the potential use case of developing a global soil spectral library with multiple, independent international institutions constituting the network.

José Padarian and Alex B. McBratney
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Data sharing and collaboration are critical to solving large scale problems. The prevailing soil data-sharing model is of a centralised nature and, consequently, results in the participants ceding control and governance over their data to the lead party. Here we explore the use of a distributed ledger (blockchain) to solve the aforementioned issues. We also describe the potential use case of developing a global soil spectral library between multiple, international institutions.
Data sharing and collaboration are critical to solving large scale problems. The prevailing soil...
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