Orvium, an open-source and decentralized platform for managing scholarly publications’ lifecycles and associated data announced that it will be hosting a Token Generation Event (TGE) to facilitate the development of the decentralized platform later in 2018. Orvium is being run by employees and technology solutions experts of several well-known institutions and businesses, including the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Amazon, Oracle, as well as a number of third-level educational institutions.
Orvium will use a number of cutting-edge technologies, including blockchain and artificial intelligence, to address current failures of the scientific publishing industry, including the long and often costly process of having research published by traditional scientific publishing houses.
By offering reputational and economic rewards to peer reviewers, this transparent and incentivized review process ensures that research may be peer-reviewed and published more efficiently and at a fraction of the cost than is currently possible.
Orvium’s executive team consists of co-founders Manuel Martin, Antonio Romero, and Roberto Rabasco, who between them have almost 20 years collective experience working at CERN, one of the world’s largest and most respected centres for scientific research, and over a decade’s experience working within the private sector for companies such as Volkswagen Data:Lab, Deutsche Telekom, Just Eat, and ASOS. The Orvium executive team intend to leverage their extensive experience in the highly collaborative research industry as well as their business experience to develop and deploy the decentralized network.
Orvium has already assembled an advisory board of world-class technology experts and solution providers drawn from some of the world’s most venerable research institutions and private corporations. The decentralized platform’s Scientific Advisory Board includes noted scientific thought-leaders and experts such as Tom Soderstrom, NASA-JPL’s Chief Technology Officer, and Chris Mattmann, NASA-JPL’s Associate Chief Technology and Innovation Officer and member of the board of directors of the Apache Foundation.
Orvium has also announced that it will host a TGE later this year to facilitate the further development, and increased public adoption, of the platform. It is hoped that the TGE will encourage as many members of the public who share the project’s objectives as possible engaging with the platform.