Mid-2017 the Open Source project StudyBits was initiated by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science / Education Executive Agency (DUO), TNO, Quintor, Groningen Declaration Network (GDN), University of Groningen, ePortfolio Support Foundation (StePS) and Rabobank.
The aim of this project is to make it possible for everyone, including internationally, to:
First goals of the StudyBits project
The Studybits pilot targets a group of 20 students of the University of Groningen participating in the Erasmus+ Exchange program. As part of their exchange, these students will take courses at foreign institutions: the universities of Ghent, Uppsala and Göttingen. Together with the University of Groningen they form the U4 Network. The pilot will use a to-be-developed Proof of Concept for digitalizing the exchange of student information between the institutions using blockchain related technologies. Their focus is on applying Blockchain technology in the educational domain
When these students want to study abroad, they need to prove to a foreign university that they have the right credentials. Having this information on a blockchain enables the student to decide for himself/herself with whom he/she wants to share their degree data, anywhere in the world. If this succeeds, this project is the beginning of a promising innovation in the field of education, which can be used worldwide.
The StudyBits project is an Open Source project, based on the Apache 2.0 licence. The source can be found on:
The # BCINED2017 conference was first used to investigate the feasibility of StudyBits. And then to determine whether the publication, exchange, and use of credits and diplomas with Blockchain can indeed be made much simpler, more efficient, safer, and more reliable.
Groningen Declaration Network. April 18 - 20, 2018. Paris-Sorbonne University
At an education conference in Paris, a first presentation was given to the education sector.
Price province of Groningen and feasibility study
The StudyBits project was one of the five winners of the blockchain competition, organized by the province of Groningen and the Ministry of Economic Affairs. The winners all came up with different ideas to help solve specific issues concerning care, energy or government services with blockchain technology. The competition 'Small Business Innovation Research' (SBIR) can be named a success, with a total 38 registrations. Together, the five winners received 250,000 euros to further develop their idea.