Knowledge Blockchain at HICSS-51

Our Paper on immutably storing, sharing and managing enterprise models on a “Knowledge Blockchain” for Knowledge Management has been accepted for the 51st Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-51)!

Hans-Georg Fill and I submitted it to the Knowledge Innovation and Entrepreneurial Systems tack in the minitrack Creation and Appropriation of Knowledge Systems – I’m very much looking forward to presenting it in 12018!

Update: I presented the paper on Jan 4th 2018. The paper was nominated for the Best Paper Award in the Knowledge Innovation and Entrepreneurial Systems track.

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Fill, Hans-Georg, Härer, Felix: Knowledge Blockchains: Applying Blockchain Technologies to Enterprise Modeling. In: Proceedings of the 51st Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-51), Waikoloa Village, Hawaii, USA, January 3-6, 2018.    BibTeX

Blockchains permit to store information in a tamper-resistant and irrevocable manner by reverting to distributed computing and cryptographic technologies. The primary purpose is to keep track of the ownership of tangible and intangible assets. In the paper at hand we apply these concepts and technologies to the domain of knowledge management. Based on the explication of knowledge in the form of enterprise models this permits the application of so-called knowledge proofs for a. enabling the transparent monitoring of knowledge evolution, b. tracking the provenance, ownership, and relationships of knowledge in an organization, c. establishing delegation schemes for knowledge management, and d. ensuring the existence of patterns in models via zero-knowledge proofs. To validate the technical feasibility of the approach a first technical implementation is described and applied to an illustrative use case.