Open science on the blockchain

Researchers want to share their data openly so clinicians, teachers, businesspeople and other scientists can trust that their work is reliable, and use it to make the world a better place.

They’re trying, but there are a few problems that make this really difficult to do. For one thing, researchers are currently using all sorts of different systems in data sharing, which don’t work together and aren’t accessible to everyone. It’s also time consuming to make data easy for other people to understand.

Unfortunately, there’s no tangible incentive to make this effort worthwhile. And in areas where people are participating in research — in cognitive science, for example — the community is very concerned about privacy and security of data.

Frankl exists to solve these problems using blockchain and other technologies. We are building a platform that helps people share apps that collect and display data in a way everyone can understand.

Data sharing protocols are built in to the platform, so researchers don’t have to worry about doing it themselves.

Research participants consent to how their data is used, and computer programs called smart contracts control how the data is stored and accessed depending on whether it is public, private or a mixture of both.

Frankl is also creating a token economy, where Frankl tokens can be exchanged for access to apps. These tokens reward developers for creating and updating apps that people find most useful. They also offer an incentive for researchers, clinicians, educators and other members of the community to generate and share data.

Initially, Frankl apps will be created for cognitive assessment, but later they will be applied to other areas of research, education, medicine and business.

Frankl is holding a token sale in July 2018, when you will be able to purchase Frankl tokens. Find out more or sign up for updates at frankl.io