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How creativity becomes creative in regard to blockchain technology

Presenters Name: 
Justin Marciano
Co Presenters Name: 
Primary Research Mentor: 
Simone Polillo
Secondary Research Mentor: 
12:30 - 1:45
Time of Presentation: 
2019 - 12:30pm to 1:45pm
Newcomb Hall Ballroom
Presentation Type: 
Presentations Academic Category: 
Social Science
Grant Program Recipient: 
USOAR Program

The Ledger is an online, peer-reviewed scholarly journal that publishes articles on cryptocurrency, blockchain, and other relevant topics related to computer science, economics, or mathematics involved. A basic definition of blockchain is a decentralized and distributed ledger, or public journal, that records transactions between two parties on thousands of computers so no transaction may be altered or changed making a very safe and secure. I am working with the sociology department to understand how creativity becomes creative, e.g. how technologies come to be and what influences them. Specifically, our research question is this: are there connections or relationships between individuals who are editors for the leading blockchain journal, The Ledger. Our methods consist of data collection on each scholar, followed by background, and analysis of citations for each individual. We use excel and to find connections through coauthors, schooling, and influences along with software to display the connections. We predict that due to their common connection, the Ledger, there will be connections amongst editors despite their varied backgrounds and specialties. The purpose of this research is to study creativity as well as gain insight into a burgeoning multidisciplinary field. We expect to find weak associations between editors of this journal, as the editors come from vastly different backgrounds, however a lack of such relationships would also say something about the community as blockchain can be applied to nearly everything which would support that the technology has branched itself so far into various fields that direct connections are sparse.