How Blockchain Could Have Saved the Library of Alexandria

How Blockchain Could Have Saved the Library of Alexandria

In an effort to save the future of the Library of Alexandria, blockchain technology could help preserve records and archive systems. Join us in this interesting article by Empirex Capital.

The study of history and ancient people is immensely important to preserving the knowledge passed down through the generations.

Unfortunately, the significance of the knowledge is particularly acute when it is lost. With tragedies such as the fire of the Library of Alexandria, or the pillaging of the House of Wisdom in ancient Baghdad, or the more recent losses of artifacts at the Iraq Museum, perspectives were lost, advancements in philosophy and literature were forgotten, and languages and translations vanished from the earth.

As we look to preserve our history, how can we safeguard the artifacts of our heritage from disaster?

Using blockchain technology to keep a record of the data stored on a decentralized cloud service could be exactly what the historical and archive industries need to protect our collective human history from destruction, pillage and faulty record-keeping.

Blockchain as a data keeper

The archive industry in many sub-sections is underfunded and lacks the means to properly care for the data being held. As told in this 2014 declaration petitioning for more funding for the United States Archive, it is clear that there is a lack of funding on many fronts, which could result in the loss of physical and digital records.

An alternative solution is to store data directly on the blockchain. As David Vorick, CEO of Skynet and co-founder of Sia, said to Cointelegraph, “a major advantage of using a blockchain is that you can build on an open marketplace, which ensures fair pricing for everyone.” This prevents third parties from taking part of the funding, while also making sure that community members who are passionate about protecting their heritage can fund a storage system directly.

Vorick further stated that “if you depend on external infrastructure, you have given your infrastructure provider the ability to fully disrupt your business — something that they will happily use to their advantage.”

Often, concerns arise over the legitimacy, security and the privacy of stored information. Many documents and records are preserved for the people of the community and, therefore, need to be safe and secure for the sake of their heritage. The nature of blockchain-based data keepers protect information not by storing it in centralized databases like some of the leading organizations do, thus making it more susceptible to data breaches, but by dividing files “into multiple pieces and send them to different servers or nodes, thereby reducing the possibility of external control over user data.”

Another important aspect of archive storage on the blockchain is the immutability of the document itself. “But online archives are also vulnerable to the removal of documents in ways that are impossible to detect,” noted The Social Science Research Council. It also recorded that back in 2001, writers were given the rights to an online archive of their own works, but other parties were able to go in and delete the writers’ works, all without disclosing the information or with any indication as to why an article was deleted.

Created on 19th Aug 2021