How blockchain could help digitise the SA Museum’s collection

21 Feb 2019

The SA Museum, in partnership with Civic Ledger, has been named as a finalist in the State Government’s Blockchain Innovation Challenge. To figure out how the technology works, we’ve revisited a conversation with Civic Ledger co-founder Katrina Donaghy from last year.

Blockchain, like every new revelation in tech, has evangelists, deniers, and a lot of people in the middle with no idea what the fuss is about.

Easily dismissed as the tech that underlies the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, there is fuss to be made about the technology, with the State Government this week announcing the finalists in the running for its $100,000 Blockchain Innovation Challenge.

“The possibilities blockchain presents could prove key to the future growth of our state’s economy, so it’s fantastic to see so many of our local entrepreneurs test the boundaries of what it has to offer,” Premier Steven Marshall says.

One such entrepreneurial entity in the list of finalists is the South Australian Museum, who, “like most Museum’s, has been faced with the challenge of digitising its world-renowned collection,” a Museum media release says.

“Under the guidance of Museum Director Brian Oldman, the Museum [has] started to look for innovative solutions to address digitisation.”

The solution, according to the SA Museum, is blockchain, and, if awarded the $100,000 prize, the institution will work with Queensland company Civic Ledger to digitise its collection.

Civic Ledger works with governmental organisations to help implement smart contracts and blockchain technology, allowing the public sector to become “more accessible, efficient and effective.”