Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Supports NFAIS™ Blockchain for Publishers Conference

April 20, 2018, Annapolis, MD – The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAISTM) has received a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in support of the NFAIS 2018 Blockchain for Publishers Conference to be held May 15-16, 2018 in Old Town Alexandria, VA.

The 2018 conference is designed to bring together members of the information services community to explore blockchain's potential application for scholarly publishing and researcher workflows—from data collection to peer review to access of published work.

“Blockchain technology—originally introduced as a means of securely managing cryptocurrency—is now quickly moving toward broader adoption and has begun to emerge in other fields, including scholarly publishing,” observes Marcie Granahan, executive director of NFAISTM. “We are grateful to the Sloan Foundation for assisting us to provide cutting-edge information on blockchain's application, to examine case studies, and to discuss and debate the challenges and opportunities blockchain brings to the scholarly communication value chain.”

Topics in the conference include:

  • How to prepare for the potential impact of blockchain-based technologies on the information economy in terms of permissions and intellectual property.
  • How blockchain can connect scientific researchers with funding sources or manage researcher grant funding.
  • How blockchain can be used to improve scientific record-keeping.

The day-and-a-half conference is being held at the Embassy Suites, Old Town Alexandria, VA. For more information, please see NFAISTM website at or contact Nancy Blair-DeLeon, Director of Professional Development: Phone: 443-221-2980 x 102 or email: [email protected] 


About NFAIS (
The National Federation of Advanced Information Services ( NFAIS™) is a global, nonprofit, volunteer-powered membership organization that serves the information community—that is, all those who create, aggregate, organize, and otherwise provide ease of access to and effective navigation and use of authoritative, credible information. Member organizations represent a cross-section of content and technology providers, including database creators, publishers, libraries, host systems, information technology developers, content management providers and other related groups. They embody a true partnership of commercial, nonprofit and government organizations that embraces a common mission—to build the world's knowledge base through enabling research and managing the flow of scholarly communication. NFAIS exists to promote the success of its members and for more than 50 years has provided a forum in which to address common interests through education and advocacy.

 About The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a not-for-profit, mission-driven grantmaking institution dedicated to improving the welfare of all through the advancement of scientific knowledge. Founded in 1934 by industrialist Alfred P. Sloan Jr., the Foundation disburses approximately $80 million in grants each year in three broad areas: direct support of research in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and economics; initiatives to increase the quality and diversity of scientific institutions; and efforts to enhance and deepen public engagement with science and scientists. Sloan Foundation grantmaking helped create some of the country’s most prestigious and enduring scientific institutions, including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the MIT Sloan School of Management, and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. Sloan support has also played a critical role in the early development of many scientific fields, including cognitive science, behavioral economics, and indoor microbial ecology. The Foundation strives to be guided in all its actions by the values of the scientific enterprise: impartiality, empiricism, curiosity, rigor, and the conviction that a reasoned, systematic understanding of the forces of nature and society, when applied inventively and wisely, can lead to a better world for all. Learn more at