Verifiable Badging System for Scientific Data Reproducibility

Reproducibility can be defined as the ability of a researcher to use materials, procedures or knowledge from a scientific study to obtain results same as that of the original investigator. It can be considered as one of the basic requirements to ensure that a given research finding is accurate and acceptable.This paper presents a new layered approach that allows scientific researchers to provide a) data to fellow researchers to validate research and b) proofs of research quality to funding agencies, without revealing sensitive details associated with the same. We conclude that by integrating smart contracts, blockchain technology, and self-sovereign identity into an automated system, it is possible to assert the quality of scientific materials and validate the peer review process without the need of a central authority.