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How DISCIPLINA will change the education sphere

Education affects our lives and our professional and personal development. However, it is complicated to find an educational institution that provides high-quality services. That is why we either have to rely on online reviews or choose by trial and error. Sometimes you even have to do both, since the reviews can be easily falsified. Moreover, if 20 years ago a person that obtained a degree was considered a specialist with all the required skills, nowadays this is not the case. We have gotten used to the idea that a diploma is just a bullet point in our CVs that is meant to help our career. What is more important is to have necessary competencies, as you can survive without having a diploma. Thus, people prefer to develop their skills either practically or by taking intensive courses rather than by putting significant time and effort into studying at university. Sometimes people consider buying a diploma to be easier than getting it themselves and gaining experience to later become a d
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DISCIPLINA: Web of Trust

  DISCIPLINA is an open-source blockchain. Any educational or recruiting service will be able to use it in their projects that store and process the personal data. To protect the system from fictitious educational institutions, DISCIPLINA has an inbuilt Web of Trust, analogous to PGP, in its protocol. Each user will be able to choose the system participants they trust. The level of trust in the other system members will be calculated individually for each user. Our network thus has no “verification centres”, which have an unlimited right to register or refuse the registration of an educational institution. Our Web Of Trust will allow recruiters to know which educational institutions are worth cooperating with and which are not. The value of the grade given to the student will depend on the rating of the educational institution at the time the grade was awarded.

DISCIPLINA and Federal Service for Supervision in Education and Science

  The DISCIPLINA team continues to develop the project and establish partnerships. One of the events that have contributed to the project development is Ilya Nikiforov’s recent participation in the working group on research in the sphere of education and implementation of BIG DATA approaches for the needs of the education system of the Russian Federation. The working group is directed by the Federal Service for Supervision in Education and Science and consists of civil servants, which makes the DISCIPLINA project the only representative of the business sphere. This is a significant event, since it helps us take a step closer towards achieving the main goal of DISCIPLINA - making quality changes in the spheres of education and recruitment.

The idea of DISCIPLINA: how it originated

The DISCIPLINA project has made significant progress and continues to develop. Today, we would like to recall how it all began. A few years ago, Ilya Nikiforov, the company founder, was travelling along the West Coast of the United States. He decided to take surfing courses and started to search for the most suitable ones online. Having spent considerable time, Ilya faced the issue of fragmented information, since there was no single resource where one could find any course they need. He decided to take its development into his own hands — that is how the TeachMePlease marketplace was created. Analyzing the education situation and working on the project development, it has become clear that there are a lot of other critical issues to be resolved, including the invalidity of post-course certificates and the low value of academic education. Young people enroll in university to get a diploma, seeing no direct correlation between their education and further career development. It thus caus

DISCIPLINA interaction with TeachMePlease

We have already told you that the first project to implement the DISCIPLINA blockchain will be TeachMePlease. It began as a convenient tool for the structured presentation of data and a system of reliable ratings and reviews with an effective infrastructure and blockchain technology built into the platform. However, during the development process, it became clear that the existing blockchain solutions are unsuitable for the planned functionality. Thus, TeachMePlease has partnered with a team of experts to create a blockchain that would both be up to their own standards and become a universal solution for any educational or HR-service. TeachMePlease currently provides the conditions for efficient and effective cooperation between academic institutions and private tutors, and their students. The project has no territorial borders, which allows schools and private tutors from around the world to offer their programs to potential students anywhere on the planet. Integrating DISCIPLINA wi

Technological implementation of the data disclosure protocol

The protocol ensures the exchange of reliable data for cryptocurrency and guarantees that none of the parties will be able to take advantage of each other. This protocol is used in the DISCIPLINA work in order to only provide recruiters with verified data on academic achievements. The protocol has two parties - the Buyer (B) and the Seller (S). The system also has an intermediary that can hold money and validate the data. However, unlike conventional data exchange algorithms, this intermediary in DISCIPLINA is a blockchain — a decentralized ledger with a consensus mechanism that can ensure the validity of all the transactions. Each party will have the opportunity to determine the validity of the data. If any disputes occur, the parties will use blockchain as a final judge: the chunk of data that the Buyer claims to be invalid is observed by the nodes of the network, and then the Buyer decides whether the data is valid or not. It should be noted that the blockchain nodes will not ha

Why should we develop our own DISCIPLINA blockchain architecture?

DISCIPLINA will store confidential information, such as the courses, students’ tasks, grades, and test results. Therefore, public blockchain solutions, which store all of their transactions in open access — Ethereum or EOS, for example — are unacceptable. At the same time, private blockchain solutions, such as Hyperledger, do not provide enough verifiability of the data stored on them. How does DISCIPLINA work? Private layer. The private segment does not allow any data except hashes to open access. This is done to store private and personal user data, as well as those materials that are protected by copyright or commercial confidentiality. Witnesses check the validity of the segments within the private blockchains of the educational institutions. They will manage the public chain of blocks, on which data created within each school is hashed. The witnesses won’t have access to the data itself, only to the hashes of the data. Educational institutions. An educational institution is an