Hash-URIs for Verifiable and Immutable Scientific Contributions

Abstract:

Scientific contributions should be permanent and immutable, as accidential or deliberate modification or deletion of previously published results can undermine the whole system. For example, if a scientist is citing a particular result as supporting evidence, he or she wants to be sure that the cited facts are not changed afterwards. For that reason, I propose that entities such as nanopublications should be identified by URIs that contain a cryptographic hash value that can be used to verify the integrity and original state of the resource.

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Comments

This approach is described in an article that is now available as a preprint: http://arxiv.org/abs/1401.5775

 

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Tobias