OUR SOLUTION

ARTiFACTS provides a simple, user-friendly platform, purpose built for academic and scientific research that leverages blockchain technology. Researchers can record a permanent, valid, and immutable chain of records in real-time, from the earliest stages of research for all scientific and scholarly artifacts, including citing/attribution transactions.

While today’s digital scholarship merely creates linkages among an artificially narrowed subset of indexed publications long after discoveries are made, ARTiFACTS focuses on capturing and linking knowledge and attribution from initial ideation throughout the research process to informal and formal dissemination.

By using the ARTiFACTS platform, researchers will be able to immutably prove ownership and existence of novel work, expand access to their scientific and academic research artifacts, provide and receive ‘real-time’ attribution for novel work and more comprehensively and rapidly build and demonstrate their body of scholarly contributions.

Today’s system acts to narrow knowledge and limits attribution to only citations
to a published article a process that takes years from research to attribution

  1. Full Universe of Research artifact
  2. System based artificial constraint
  3. Narrowing to Article Form Factor
  4. Peer Review Vetting
  5. Volume of published works
  6. Selective Indexing
  7. Volume of indexed works
  8. Primary Zone of Discoverability

OTHER KEY ISSUES:

  • Risks in disclosure and loss/abuse of
    IP pre-publication
  • Limited sharing and discoverability
  • High value content that becomes
    undiscoverable, dark knowledge
  • Ad-hoc/inconsistent rules and
    routines for attribution and citing
  • Limited and informal soft metrics
  • Output significantly reduced
    to published article
  • Discoverability gated until years
    from research and then limited
    to sub-set of work
  • Long time lags in research
    dissemination
  • Persistent issues in providing proper
    attribution and allocation of credit
  • Citations that are continually subject
    to breaks and ambiguity
  • Many opaque systems with
    dramatically different counts
    and balances
  • Deeply retrospective and binary
    formal citation metrics
  • Risks in disclosure and loss/abuse of IP pre-publication
  • Limited sharing and discoverability
  • High value content that becomes undiscoverable, dark knowledge
  • Ad-hoc/inconsistent rules and routines for attribution and citing
  • Limited and informal soft metrics
  • Output significantly reduced to published article
  • Discoverability gated until years from research and then limited
    to sub-set of work
  • Long time lags in research dissemination
  • Persistent issues in providing proper attribution and allocation
    of credit
  • Citations that are continually subject to breaks and ambiguity
  • Many opaque systems with dramatically different counts
    and balances
  • Deeply retrospective and binary formal citation metrics

ARTiFACTS will shift this paradigm, expanding access to knowledge as research proceeds,
with linking and discoverability accomplished natively vs manually retrospectively, allowing attribution
to be given and received in near real-time

As more research is completed,
producing more artifacts, the body
of discoverable, linkable, and citeable
work grows.

The current publishing process gets
enhanced, because with ARTiFACTS,
all related research outputs become
discoverable and citeable along with
published works.

  1. Zone of Discoverability
  2. Grant applications, working papers, tests,
    data sets, videos, posters, presentations,
    manuscripts and other artifacts of research
    become discoverable, linkable and can be cited

With ARTiFACTS, the Zone of
Discoverability expands to cover
the entire research process, not just
the articles in the subset of journals
that are indexed by commercial
indexers

  • Comprehensive Indexing
  • All artifacts linked and searchable
  • Proof of origin established
    immutably and IP manageable
    by creator
  • Source-of-Truth data set will provide
    foundation for new set of
    meaningful analytics
  • Attribution/citation can happen
    at any point, providing more timely
    recognition of scholarly impact,
    particularly for new fields of study
    or for early researchers
  • Comprehensive Indexing
  • All artifacts linked and searchable
  • Proof of origin established immutably and IP manageable by creator
  • Source-of-Truth data set will provide foundation for new set
    of meaningful analytics
  • Attribution/citation can happen at any point, providing more timely recognition of scholarly impact, particularly for new fields of study
    or for early researchers

Use of Blockchain technology

At its heart, ARTiFACTS maintains a distributed ledger and transaction engine that records a permanent, valid, and immutable chain of records for all scientific and academic research ‘transactions’ including citing/attribution transactions

Rigorous Scientific and academic citing

The ability to capture citing transactions is a unique and powerful requirement of scientific and academic research. Such citation ability differentiates ARTiFACTS from general media blockchains

Prove of ownership and existence

ARTiFACTS’ proprietary (patent pending) ability to authoritatively and rigorously manage citations, artifact linkages, and ownership pre- or post-publication is unprecedented relative to current indexing, archiving, and researcher community solutions

Researchers

  • Find additional artifacts to speed your efforts
  • Manage intellectual property (IP)
  • Receive attribution for all your relevant work (and provide the same to others)
  • Establish proof-of-existence
  • Establish a complete and immutable profile of your contribution to your discipline

Institutions

  • Provide your researchers a platform for collaboration that will speed discovery
  • See, understand and manage your institution’s contribution to scientific and academic research, including its value in journals
  • Support the real-time building of your researchers’ reputations

Funders

  • See all the output of the research you have funded and have it accessible for others
  • Easily understand the scholarly impact of your grants
  • Reduce administrative burden of data management, eliminating silos of disconnected knowledge and lost ‘dark knowledge’
  • Efficiently manage IP and stage-gate funding through smart-contract capabilities

Publishers

  • Allow your authors to link, share, and get attribution for related article content
  • Aid discovery and impact of published scholarly article through exploration of all artifacts leading up to an article
  • Fully compatible with both open and traditional publishing models
  • Enables new workflows for submissions and IP management

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ABOUT US

ci·ta·tion

sī’tāSH(ə)n/

The Mertonian description of normal science describes citations as the currency of science. Scientists make payments, in the form of citations, to their preceptors

— Eugene Garfield, 1962

While this statement by the godfather of modern bibliometrics was documented in the 1960’s, until today it was not possible to realize the full vision of Garfield and Merton.  Cumbersome technology and centralized and hierarchical organizational models, where only a subset of published content is covered, has resulted in constrained, incomplete, error prone, and deeply retrospective solutions.

 

This all changes now.  Created by an experienced team of academic publishing, media, software and financial technology leaders, ARTiFACTS provides a platform enabling all transactions and linkages across all research artifacts.  Published or pre-published.  In any form, not just articles.  Through its unique blockchain engine, designed specifically for academic and scientific research, it leverages the power of the community, while providing the authority, rigor, and validity that community sites and standard archives can’t provide.  It is unconstrained while delivering a ledger of record — making the full vision of Garfield and Merton possible.

  • Citations are the currency of research.  Yet, only a small percentage of the universe of ‘transactions’ around this currency are captured, typically years after they happen.  The ledgers for this currency, indexes and archives, are widely out of balance and never reconciled.  Important attribution and vital linkages across research artifacts are lost forever or never happen due to the limitations of current citation solutions.  Discovery is inhibited and constrained.  Researchers’ reputation, career progression, tenure, and general standing hang in the balance, yet there is no accurate and complete source of truth.  These problems can be solved.
  • How long should it take for a researcher’s meaningful contributions to their field to be recognized and acknowledged? It today’s attribution system, it could be many years before important research is submitted, reviewed, published, cited, and then for a citation history to build. We are accustomed to getting near real-time data, attribution and feedback in most aspects of life. Why should research be different – particularly where velocity and iteration are so important? Attribution for good work should be given and received when applicable, not several years after the fact.
  • Good research produces many research artifacts – data sets, study designs, grant applications, posters, presentations, proceedings, surveys, manuscripts and sometimes, a published article. We believe researchers should get attribution for all their meaningful and relevant work and the community’s assessment of a researcher’s contribution should consider that scholarly body of work in total, not just based on published articles in a small fraction of journals. Research itself will be enhanced when able to build on a broader set of previous artifacts and knowledge.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

Without researchers and scientists there is no research and we need
to always keep that at the heart of everything we do

AT ARTIFACTS:

  • We believe that creators are always creators and that researchers are creators
  • We believe that creators should always get timely and accurate attribution for all their creative works
  • We respect the decision of creators to do what they want with their creative works and to be able to transfer its ownership as IP
  • We believe that creators and owners should be able to share their IP, at any time, without fear of losing it or having it appropriated

WE FURTHER BELIEVE:

  • Velocity, efficiency, and the iterative process are vitally important to research
  • That research dissemination should work for researchers, not vice versa
  • Research that is unconstrained is best–if there is a need for certain constraints it is up to the researcher community to determine them

WE WANT TO HELP RESEARCHERS AND SCIENTISTS DO FOUR SIMPLE THINGS:

  • Establish proof-of-existence and confirm provenance at any time
  • Protect and manage IP while concurrently facilitating collaboration and knowledge sharing
  • Provide and receive valid, break-proof attribution and assignment of credit
  • Participate in growing a comprehensive, community archive for all scientific and scholarly artifacts

We are founded on, and always strive to create, an unconstrained and efficient environment
that works for and benefits researchers

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info@artifacts.ai

Cambridge, MA 02139