Archives are commonly associated with boring, routine activities. Until recently there were endless rows with shelves, now there’s endless files and folders. Sorting out and applying changes requires approvals and signatures so digital document gets printed and then scanned back.
Imagine archive of your organization to be as convenient as Wikipedia, but much more reliable. You have database that can be reworked by trusted people and everyone can see the edits.
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council recently invested in a blockchain study for the National Archives of UK. The project is designed to ensure the long-term integrity of digital documents stored in public archives. ENDO functions include all the features being tested in England today.
The technique behind technology makes input documents generate a chain of records, that guarantees the authenticity of the original data. If changes are applied to the document, a new block is registered next to the original one. All the edits are seen in the history and one can learn exactly what was added.
No one can trick the system. Blockchain archives exist in a variety of unchangeable copies and the legality of changes can always be checked by cryptographic means.
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