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Blockchain Terminology Database

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InterPARES Trust (ITrust 2013-2018) is a multi-national, interdisciplinary research project exploring issues concerning digital records and data entrusted to the Internet. Its goal is to generate theoretical and methodological frameworks to develop local, national and international policies, procedures, regulations, standards and legislation, in order to ensure public trust grounded on evidence of good governance, a strong digital economy, and a persistent digital memory.

The ITrust Terminology Project, informally known as InterLex, identifies key terms essential to articulating and understanding that framework. It seeks to document the relationships between those terms; to clarify the meaning of those terms, which often are used with very different senses in the literature; and to promote consistent use of the terms within ITrust publications and presentations. Because blockchain technology may play a significant role in establishing trustworthy records, Interlex includes concepts fundamental to blockchain technology. These pages provide an overview of this subset of terms.

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Note: the entries are works in progress. Comments are welcome. 

Project Team:

  • Luciana Duranti, Principal investigator
  • Victoria Lemieux, Co-principal investigator and Blockchain terminology coordinator
  • Richard Pearce-Moses, Terminology cross-domain leader
  • Eric Cohen
  • Quinn Dupont
  • Darra Hofman
  • Shin’Ichiro Matsuo
  • Piotr Piasecki
  • Hrvoje Stancic
  • Stephen Thompson
  • Jessica Tung
Cluster Researchers:
Victoria Lemieux