Orvium is the first open source and decentralized framework for managing scholarly publications’ life cycles and the associated data
Orvium unlocks the full potential of a decentralized, fair, transparent and competitive market, free of biases, oligopolies and private interests.
Scientific work is available from the moment it is submitted. Orvium establishes an independent, decentralized and immutable time-stamped proof of existence, authorship and ownership.
A public trace of all the activity is kept in the blockchain: submission, revisions, accepted and rejected peer reviews, copyright and user license changes, etc.
Orvium produces bespoke licensing models by design. The model is always the author's own decision.
Orvium empowers scientists to share their complete studies by making available research data, code, etc. This increases scientific validity.
Orvium integrates Big Data Analytics with the blockchain. This unlocks valuable insights to improve scientific production.
Decentralized journals offer a low maintenance, highly flexible, cost effective and completely autonomous way of handling and categorizing scientific literature, while offering an additional line of business for authors and editors.
Orvium provides a collaborative framework for any single process related to the manuscript life cycle.
Orvium invites the general public to redefine journals, to create challenges that increase scientific validity and to promote patronage campaigns in both the public and private sectors.
All transactions (e.g., submissions of manuscripts, revisions, publications, peer reviews, oracle actions, patronage results etc.) are stored on the blockchain and are accessible to anyone.
Unlocks a public, globally accessible, fully traceable and trustworthy record of the publication process at a minimal cost
Leverages forefront Big Data technologies and artificial intelligence developments to take scientific validity to a completely new level. Replacing the current obsolete rules with unbiased and transparent data-driven solutions.
Orvium's source code will be published under an open source license and driven by the community.
ORV establishes a transparent, comprehensive and competitive business model to support global research.
ORV enables a fair cost-distribution model to authors, ensuring reward and recognition for all participants.
ORV enables journals to become viable and sustainable at a low cost.
ORV ensures a continued evolution of the platform while supporting global research.
During submission periods, manuscripts (initial or new versions) are available to the whole community. Authors can offer ORV tokens to encourage the community to submit peer reviews. The number of ORV tokens offered will be determined by the author.
Reviewers can submit reviews of any manuscript at any time. Through proper analysis and public exposure to the results, Orvium allows both public recognition of reviewers’ work and a reward in the form of Orvium tokens.
Orvium gives authors full control over licensing and copyright. If a paid licensing model is chosen, journals and/or readers pay ORV tokens for accessing the content.
Authors can share the data used in their research. They are able to select the licensing and copyright model that suits them best. This data-licensing freedom will facilitate a new research data-market. This will effectively help authors reduce costs at the same time as earning rewards for their work, which will then serve as the basis for others’ economic benefit.
Journals are managed as decentralized autonomous organizations by smart contracts. These are defined transparently by contributors, who offer ORV tokens and receive specific Journal Tokens.
The management rules are publicly available. Journal tokens empower contributors by providing decision-making capabilities using a variety of voting and participation schemas.
Contributors earn revenue based on their contributions and the rules defined in the smart contract. The operational costs associated with reviews, copyright agreements and Orvium Licenses are covered by the owner’s stake.
Meet who are behind the scenes
Manuel's career has been focused on supporting large collaborations through technological innovation. He has led critical data-management, big data and machine-learning initiatives for the largest and most complex scientific instrument ever built (CERN LHC). In addition, he has collaborated with NASA-JPL, Fermilab (U.S. Dept. of Energy) and GSI, among others. He has contributed, as a guest lecturer, to the Executive Program at ESADE Business School, and has advised international companies such as Oracle, BMW, Caixa, Gassco, Eni, UPS.
Antonio has led several big-data and machine-learning projects for the R&D partnership between CERN and multiple ICT market-leaders. His work - accelerating cutting-edge predictive-maintenance and machine-learning solutions - has fuelled ground-breaking operations and optimizations at the CERN accelerator complex. He has collaborated with other institutions such as Fermilab, GSI and EMBL-EBI.
Over ten years’ experience working in the private sector for international companies such as Deutsche Telekom, Just Eat or Asos Ltd. Leading, designing and developing high-availability software solutions. Roberto enjoys being part of, as well as leading, successful and productive teams. Decentralized technologies advocate and passionate about developing innovative and creative solutions. He built his own software house in 2016.
Alberto Di Meglio Ph.D.
Alberto is Head of the CERN openlab partnership programme. He is also senior project manager at CERN with more than 20 years of experience in leading technology projects and activities in the field of computer science and software engineering within large scale collaboration frameworks. He has a degree in Aerospace Engineering and a Ph.D. in Electronic and Electrical Engineering.
Visionary and practitioner in applied collaboration, leads a collaborative, practical and hands-on approach with JPL and industry to investigate emerging IT technology trends relevant to NASA and large enterprises. Tom has led large scale and remote teams in both startups and large companies. Some examples include Telos, enterWorks, Digital Island, Exodus, Cable & Wireless, and Raytheon.
Chris Mattmann Ph.D.
Expert in software design and construction of large-scale data-intensive systems. He co-invented Apache Tika, one of the most widely used frameworks for content detection and analysis. His work has also been utilized for a number of NASA space missions. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Apache Foundation and adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Southern California's Viterbi School of Engineering.
Miguel Angel Pesquera Ph.D.
Regional Minister of industry and technological development of the Government of Cantabria, as well as creator of companies of Internet technology innovation. Member of the jury for the Prince of Asturias Awards for scientific and technical research.
Nico Orce Ph.D.
His research includes the study of the abundance of elements in the Universe, existence of collective nuclear excitations and development of new nuclear models. He is based at different laboratories around the world, including iThemba LABS, University of Kentucky, TRIUMF and CERN.
Bernd Lapp has several years of management experience across multiple industries, including finance, digital media and sports. Since 2015 he has been focussing on new technologies, advising consultation firms and joined the Advisory Board at the Ethereum Foundation.
Nicolai Oster is the Head of ICO, leading the ICO Department at Bitcoin Susise, and Advisor for several ICOs. Bitcoin Suisse, established in 2013, is a world leading regulated crypto financial company, based in Cryto Valley, Zug, Switzerland. Bitcoin Suisse has successfully assisted, facilitated and executed many ICOs, such as Melonport, Bancor, OmiseGO, Streamr, Zilliqa and many more - dating all the way back to the ICO of the Ethereum Foundation.
Christopher Tucci Ph.D.
Christopher is Professor of Management of Technology at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), where he holds the Chair in Corporate Strategy & Innovation. His primary area of interest is waves of technological changes and how they influence entrant/incumbent dynamics. He is co-author of several books and has published a large number of articles. He received the Ph.D. in Management at the MIT.
Leads a team focused on innovation, tools and strategies to help government officials to effectively use modern cloud based emerging technologies. Amalfi also publishes articles on leveraging technology to drive business value for governments. He is also a frequent speaker at government conferences.
Computer Engineer and MBA with 15 years of experience in go-to-market and alliances for Leading Companies in Big Data. Leads the AWS Alliances in Switzerland building strategic Partnership with high impact companies. Passionate about Blockchain, mentors start-ups with high potential in technology and business value.
Ruben holds a Master’s in Marketing and is a Business Analyst with more than 10 years’ experience working for world-leading retail companies such as Costco Wholesale and Metro Group. He is passionate about the application of Blockchain technologies in creating innovative technological solutions.
From 2004 to 2008 Marek was a legal officer in the Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union and the Directorate-General for Competition in Brussels. He has been a member of the International Fiscal Association (IFA) since 2005, a member of the Estonian Taxpayers Association since 2008, and a member of the board of IFA Estonia since 2011. He also works as an international tax law lecturer at Tallinn University of Technology.
Jose Carlos Luna Duran
Security expert and software engineer working at CERN for more than 15 years creating the software solutions for network automation. He recently moved to big data and uses his security expertise in training the next generation of software engineers through the CERN Whitehat initiative. He is the co-founder of the int3pids security research group, participating in the top world-wide CTF competitions since 2007, achieving a top 3 position in many.
Marc Magrans de Abril
Full-stack computer engineer and economist with 15 years of experience, mostly building software for large and complex scientific collaborations. Highly flexible, Marc has mutated back and forth between developer, DevOps, and/or team lead. His motivation at work is to learn and give value to colleagues and users alike.
Responsible for the Database on Demand service, an automation platform for database management which hosts hundreds of databases for the CERN user community. His professional interests are centered around Open Source, programming languages, databases and data analysis.
Hector Valverde Ph.D.
Ph.D. in Molecular Biology with an extensive background in Research and Software Development. He has taken the role of author, reviewer, Editor and Main Developer of Editorial Services for Scientific Publishing.
Jose Andres Cordero
Full stack software engineer working for the CERN Database on Demand service for more than 3 years, performing database administration tasks and developing the new service infrastructure in modern technologies to evolve the existing one. His interests and experience include Big Data, Semantic Web and Artificial Intelligence.
Raul Murillo Garcia Ph.D.
Senior software engineer with experience in the academic field and a career of over 12 years at CERN. Recently, Raul has been developing his interest in Blockchain technologies. He has a degree in Electronics Engineering and a Ph.D. in Real-Time Systems.
Carlos Ghabrous Larrea
Senior Telecommunication Engineer with ten years’ experience in SW development, wireless technologies and testing. Carlos has extensive experience working with international teams and customers split between different locations. Committed to executing plans to completion with high quality.
Service Manager with more than 13 years’ experience at CERN and, previously, at IBM. He was in charge of CERN's 11 petabyte tape backup infrastructure for more than 9 years, and has now moved on work on the Linux Software Building infrastructure, which produces packages and linux images for the CERN cloud.
The following milestones give details about the development of the Orvium project, as it becomes the leading publication platform for the research community while returning the benefits of science to society.
2018 Q2 to Q3
2019 Q2 to Q3