As new professional member of the Government Blockchain Association, is my pleasure to start contributing to the community by informing, and hopefully establishing a connection, between GBA and the Research Data Alliance (RDA), and in particular with the recently launched Working Group (WG) exploring Blockchain application in health.

With more than 6.600 members from 135 countries, the Research Data Alliance (RDA) was launched in 2013 as a joint initiative by the European Commission, the United States Government’s National Science Foundation and National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Australian Government’s Department of Innovation, with the key aim of enabling open sharing and free flow of data, in a variety of domains (here more information), also implementing the necessary infrastructures and standards for promoting data sharing and research.

Within the forthcoming 11th Plenary meeting (Berlin, March 21st-23rd), the new Working group Blockchain application in health will be launched, with the aim of implementing Guidelines for establishing a scalable blockchain-based data sharing system in healthcare, as outcome of a joint effort of all the members, through dedicated meetings and discussions.

I encourage all the members of the GBA, and in particular to those interested in blockchain applications in the healthcare domain, to join the WG and contribute to the discussion!

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