Unique Researcher Identity (URI)

This project envisions the solution to the problem of unique researcher identity(URL). Our team is working on creating a unique research idenity which can be stored, tracked, shared and audited levaraging the block chain technologies. This would include the complex mapping of researcher's profile with his/her ideas, publications and activities.Following is the visaulization of how URI can be realized through the combination of existing solutions.

Generalized Idea Protocol(GIP)

GIP is a protocol that defines an idea and the relationship between two or more ideas. The relationship between two ideas will define:

  • the association strength between the ideas
  • the agreement between the owners of the ideas
  • the idea flow between them
  • the value flow between them.

If an idea B which is dependent on idea A generates value of $100, how is this value shared to the idea A? and how does the value shared to idea A (let's say $5) is shared to the ideas it was based upon? In other words, how does the value flow back?
With GIP, each unique idea can be identified and its evolution over the time can be tracked. In addition, it will give us a framework to evaluate the relationship between two different ideas. One way of modeling GIP would be by a directed acyclic graph (DAG) that grows over time. Each node of the DAG will be an GIP object representing a unique idea. An GIP object will contain all the information required to represent a unique idea. If there is a publication or data (stored as an IPFS object) related to an idea, its GIP object will contain the cryptographic hash of the IPFS object.
GIP will allow us to track the evolution of ideas over time as well as quantify the similarity of two ideas. The similarity score can be a hybrid of the market-driven score (decided by the scientific community via voting) and the algorithmic score generated from the GIP protocol. GIP will facilitate the efficient sharing of the ideas and prevent the community from reinventing wheels, thereby accelerating the pace of the scientific research. In addition, a good visualization of GIP objects will help the scientific community to identify the pain points of scientific research. Similarly, it can be used to find the optimal distribution of available resources (e.g. fund allocation) required in order to maximize scientific throughput. Loosely speaking, GIP will store the collective thought process of the whole scientific community.

Researcher Index(RR-Index)

Researcher Index (RR-index), as its name suggests is a ranking mechanism for the researchers. This project aims to quanity the research impact of the research/project ideas using the existing block chain technologies. RR-index will be a data driven domain independent metric to compute the values created by the ideas and researchers in OSO ecosystem. This technology will not only help to improve the quality of research contributions but will also set a benchmark for researchers away from our domain as well. RR-index will employ various methods like author-level metric, statistical model, machine learnings and blockchain technology to establish unbaised and robust indexing mechanism.


The final block of the OSO platform is the storage. The storage itself has to be smart enough to support human readable queries. The existing decetralization file storage, Interplanetery File System (IPFS) only allows look-ups for the files using its hash generated while storing in the IPFS network. OSO's storage and query layer atops IPFS to support smart queries.