Community: IPFS in Libraries, Archives and Museums

@cm_harlow Great initiative! I’ll try to join as well. I have been experimenting with the MediaChain stack where a part of the IPFS technology is being used. Currently I only have Dutch slides reporting on this, English version will be out there soon.

I’m excited for tomorrow’s call. I made the new github org and cloned @cm_harlow’s repo to

Find info about the call and how to join here:

Heya @Enno - do you have a date/time that is open for you to talk about the work you surfaced during the last call?

Hi @cm_harlow, sure for it would fit on 15, 16, 17, 22 or 23 May at 10-11 AM Pacific / 11-12 AM Mountain / Noon-1 PM Central / 1-2 PM Eastern / 6-7 PM BST / 7-8 PM CEST or 1 hour later… hope one of these fit otherwise I will be available after 15/6. I will upload a few slides on my Mediachain adventure soon.

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Lets plan for the 23rd of May. I’ll write up some prelim notes and share out.

thank you!

I’ve updated the community repo with date / time / speaker+topic. Also reminder the code4lib ipfs slack channel

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I’m looking forward to it!

For one of the future calls, we should consider inviting the people who made IPWB - interplanetary wayback - to talk about their work applying IPFS to web archiving.


In another thread on these forums I just posted one of the clearer versions of my thinking about how IPFS fits really well into the activities of a library. All my stuff about “Golden Age for Libraries” revolves around this basic pattern.


I agree with your vision on this role for libraries and other public institutions. With libraries and other public institutions we should be able to create a public infrastructure that can be used to store valuable, public information. But for many institutions this might still be very long jump away from their daily routines.

In order to create a bigger awareness of this responsibility I have been thinking about the idea of combining IPFS (and distributed technologies in general) with the Makerspaces / FabLab movement. This is quite a popular movement in the Netherlands (and other countries). It would be fun to organize workshops in public libraries to ‘make your own IPFS node’ for libraries and their audience, f.e. based on RaspberryPi’s. I not quite sure if we could drag the focus away from 3D printing but it would be worthwhile to give it a try. We probably would need some more tools to lower the barrier for practical use of IPFS. Just a thought on a Tuesdaynight… :wink:

Thanks! I uploaded some slides about the Mediachain project, which I will discuss briefly on the 23rd, you can find them here:

Thanks, we are here and listening! :slight_smile:

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Hi Everyone! I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s call.

Time: Tuesday 23 May 2017, 10-11 AM Pacific / 11-12 AM Mountain / Noon-1 PM Central / 1-2 PM Eastern / 6-7 PM BST / 7-8 PM CEST
Video conference link:

Notes at

I have studied for some time IPFS and it has the potential to move further the GLAM models for aggregating and curating the resources. At least on part regarding trust and versioning, I believe it will become instrumental in the near future. I would love to see an interface with YACY.

YACY looks promising. I hadn’t heard of it. Thanks for pointing it out @kosson We definitely need a decentralized search engine for the decentralized web.

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Greetings :slight_smile: Currently I have have a Paid Membership web archive and looking to transition it to IPFS if it supports a paid membership option. My archive is self funded and does not operate through grants or institutions. My concern is uploading 70,000 scanned articles of ephemera and have the site shut down or targeted for any reason. Can IPFS support a paid membership site with a high traffic volume? --Yvette

Last week there was a hackathon in Bucharest and I worked for a model for research papers. See some conclusions here:

I’m investigating #blockhain in deep to see what it would be the best tech to fulfill a precious feeble whisper: unifying research output with cultural heritage.

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@kosson, I was really interested in seeing some of your block chain examples and diagrams. Have you thought about how block chain and ipfs can be used in the service of distributed peer review? I’d be interested in your thoughts and reactions to my recent post on the subject. It is no where as sophisticated as the kind of thing you’ve modeled, but it’s functional and might provide a interesting point of departure.

Not bad, not bad at all, I say. I took a look at IPFS since February this year, and it looks good, at least in the White Paper. Unfortunately I haven’t got the time to model a usecase scenario for what I have designed 2 weeks ago. Yet! My intent is somewhere around Christmas to program a bit around MultiChain and if I get a good understanding of IPFS until then, maybe use it.
I’ve read the post and it looks pretty useful, and in the same vein of what I have in mind. I need to take some time with your efforts to take in better. I need a little time. I will come back soon an the matter.

@kosson when you get the time and dig into a bit more, let me know if you want a reading/thinking/conversation partner. @flyingzumwalt had some great suggestions, Ipfs and distributed peer review, for further development. I’m really interested in the topic as it applies to publication, but I still feel like I’m playing catch up trying understand everything. It would be great to think through some of this stuff with someone with similar interests and who is a bit further along with blockchain expertise, etc.

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@kosson have you seen this report
Lots of interesting stuff about blockchain and its uses in the education / academy sector. See in particular section 7 for examples of “managing intellectual property” and section 8 for case study of existing use cases.

I’m reading it now. So far, I’m finding it very helpful.