Collibra, a provider of enterprise data governance and catalog software, is collaborating with the San Diego Supercomputer Center and other technology providers and experts to launch BlockLAB, a new blockchain research laboratory formed to explore and evaluate the principal technologies and business use cases in blockchains, distributed ledgers, digital transactions and smart contracts.
The BlockLAB initiative is part of Collibra’s broader research efforts around rapidly evolving spaces like AI/ML, IOT, Data Skills Gaps and Cloud to guide customers in driving responsible data consumption and business value.
Collibra is joining data technology partners and users, including AEEC, Dell Technologies, IBM and Intel, to explore ways blockchain, distributed ledgers, digital transactions and smart contracts, and other new technologies can be used to allow organizations uncover new opportunities to drive value from their data.
Leading the research work at BlockLAB will be Pieter De Leenheer, Collibra co-founder and chief science officer. De Leenheer heads the company’s Research & Education group, including Collibra University, which is a premiere industry research arm that helps data governance professionals and data citizens gain new skills and expertise to propel the success of their organizations’ data governance initiatives.
“Collibra has long been a believer in pushing the boundaries of what we call the ‘art and science’ of data, including leveraging the academic partnerships we’ve formed with leading organizations such as UC San Diego and through our research at Collibra University,” said De Leenheer. “By investing and participating in work being done at one of the top technology research organizations in the country, Collibra can provide our customers with insights into innovation such as blockchain, IoT, AI and more, and guide them on how to best align their data-driven initiatives as they explore these areas. Investing in the BlockLAB allows Collibra to stay ahead of industry trends, identify cutting-edge technologies that could be incorporated into our solutions, and guide our customers along the way.”
Through the work of its partnerships, BlockLAB, will conduct primary research in blockchain and distributed transaction ledger (DTL) technologies and their potential business applications in a wide range of industrial and organizational settings, including financial, healthcare, retail services and government.
Details of BlockLAB's research program and events this year can be obtained online at www.clds.info/blocklab.html. A work in progress, member focused workshop will be held in late September at SDSC. BlockLAB's 2018 summary of research progress will be presented at SDSC's annual Data West technology conference, Dec 4-6, at SDSC (www.datawest.org).