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Blockchain for Industrial Applications Community Of Interest

Illustration of the 4-step manufacturing process with blockchain involvement
Credit: N. Hanacek/NIST

Blockchain, a distributed ledger solution, has gained a lot of interest over the past few years. Inspired by the success of blockchain-based cryptocurrencies, financial institutions have led growth of the technology. Other communities, however, are struggling to emulate that success within their domains of expertise. Immaturity of the technology itself, the lack of peer-reviewed resources, and the absence of domain-specific professional working groups are among barriers to a wider adoption of the blockchain technology by non-financial communities. The Blockchain for Industrial Applications (BIA) Community of Interest (COI) of Interest wants to advance research and development initiatives that combine blockchain’s core strength of trust making with smart cloud-based solutions to advance blockchain-enabled smart manufacturing and other industrial applications.

The BIA COI – with members from government, industry, and academia – is providing guidelines to create a (better) synergy between end users, research community, and solution providers to reduce complexity, cost, and delay of adoption of blockchain technologies. The following list defines the current scope of the BIA COI's focus on blockchain for industrial applications:

  • Education: highlighting results to the community from research and scientific discoveries of blockchain technologies and added value to industrial applications
  • Use case management: identifying use cases where blockchain technology can enhance the productivity and reliability of services within supply chain era
  • Validation: developing guidelines and metrics for organizations to evaluate use cases and software solutions against their own business requirements
  • Dissemination: developing a public knowledge repository to share results (e.g., source code, tutorial videos, peer-reviewed articles
  • Communication: providing a platform for different stakeholders to find each other, exchange ideas/needs/feedback, ensure goals are met, and foster innovation

Get Involved

Interested parties may join the BIA COI by registering via GovDelivery to receive notification of upcoming teleconferences, meetings, and events.

If you would like to contribute to the BIA COI, visit the Community's GitHub Repository. Working group tasks and status are available under the repository's Project Tab. Working group discussions take place using the repository's Issue Tracker.

Questions? Contact the BIA COI Coordinators at: blockchainCOI@nist.gov.

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Created February 12, 2019, Updated November 15, 2019