Orvium is a decentralized social network for scientific collaboration to manage publications, the associated data and journals.
Orvium uses blockchain technologies to create a solution for the current failures of the scientific publishing industry, establishing a decentralized market that aligns goals and incentives for researchers, academic institutions, publishers, corporations and public institutions.
Orvium creates a public,traceable, and trustworthy record of the research publication process. Through continuous and transparent review by members of the scientific community, with reputational and economic rewards for peer reviewers, Orvium improves the effectiveness of research production and validation, empowering the research community to determine the validity and soundness of published work.
Eliminating current practices within the publishing industry regarding plagiarism, idea ownership, and registration, Orvium allows authors to retain control of their work and its potential economic benefits, publishing with optimal publication and access costs.
Orvium’s ultimate objective is to be the leading publication platform while returning the benefits of science to society.
In Orvium we want to use all the digital artifacts of the digital age that allows the researcher to performance and share their work
Using the Orvium platform you are free to use any format, size, access restrictions or licence that you consider the best for your work. We wish there to be no reason for researchers not to share!
Although publications are the core of the platform, the materials associated with the conferences, projects or the institutions themselves, all of which are necessary to understand the scholarly process, are welcome to be shared in Orvium.
Despite spectacular advancement in information technologies, depending on the journal, the publication time varies signiﬁcantly, but the average time is 12 months. Once a research manuscript is rejected by a journal, authors have to resubmit to a diﬀerent journal and resume the process. Collecting all the parts of your research at the time of publishing can be challenging. Orvium offers the possibility to store restricted content so that artifacts can be kept safe whilst the research is ongoing, such that nothing is missing when they are openly shared later. Thanks to the blockchain technology, manuscripts have instantaneous proof of existence.
Additionally, to help publishing, research materials for the review process can be safely uploaded to Orvium in restricted records and then protected links can be shared with the reviewers. Content can also be embargoed and automatically opened when the associated paper is published.
To support all these use cases, the simple web interface is supplemented by a rich API which allows third party tools and services to use Orvium as a backend in their workflow
At Orvium, we believe that independent peer reviews are an excellent manner to validate scientific results. However, we are aware that it has biases and problems. Orvium introduces an innovative integration between blockchain and big data analytics technologies which will leverage an unprecedented framework to detect and avoid most of those biases and problems.
Orvium helps researchers receive credit by making the research results citable
Orvium works to eliminate market inefficiencies and improve the quality and effectiveness of scientific publishing. The ultimate objective is for Orvium to be the leading publication platform for the research community while returning the benefits of science to the society.
Orvium is derived from De revolutionibus orbium coelestium, the seminal work on the heliocentric theory of the Renaissance astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus.
Orvium code is itself open source, and is built on the foundation of the Invenio digital library which is also open source. The work-in-progress, open issues, and roadmap are shared openly in GitHub, and contributions to any aspect are welcomed from anyone.
All meta data is openly available under CC0 license, and all open content is openly accessible through open APIs.
Open to all suggestions for new features, via GitHub, and especially open to all contributions of code via pull requests!
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