Canada: State-Funded Research Program IRAP Now Hosts Blockchain Explorer

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The Canadian government-funded research program Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) is now hosting its own blockchain explorer, according to an official statement on Aug. 20.

The IRAP, managed by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), has announced that the project has implemented the blockchain-based app on InterPlanetary File System (IPFS), a protocol and network that is designed to enable peer-to-peer storing and sharing of data on a distributed ledger. According to an article published on Newswire, the IPFS blockchain browser has been implemented via Catena Blockchain Suite, a product provided by BitAccess. With its new initiative, IRAP plans to test the use of public blockchains in government grants’ management, allowing users to perform instant searches for new grant data on the Ethereum (ETH) blockchain. According to the official announcement, NRC IRAP first hosted a blockchain kickoff session in June 2017, revealing its plans to implement the technology in administering funding for innovative projects to Canada’s small