No Need to Ask

Creating Permissionless Blockchains of Metadata Records

  • Dejah Rubel Ferris State University


This article will describe how permissionless metadata blockchains could be created to overcome two significant limitations in current cataloging practices: centralization and a lack of traceability. The process would start by creating public and private keys, which could be managed using digital wallet software. After creating a genesis block, nodes would submit either a new record or modifications to a single record for validation. Validation would rely on a Federated Byzantine Agreement consensus algorithm because it offers the most flexibility for institutions to select authoritative peers. Only the top tier nodes would be required to store a copy of the entire blockchain thereby allowing other institutions to decide whether they prefer to use the abridged version or the full version.


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How to Cite
Rubel, D. (2019). No Need to Ask. Information Technology and Libraries, 38(2), 11-17.