Millions of historical artifacts are sitting in museums around the world. These artifacts are considered authentic for two key reasons:
- They have direct causal links to significant events in history - they were either forged or altered during the events, and;
- They're non-fungible.
Interestingly many artifacts also contain (fungible) data, such as Egyptian hieroglyphs carved on sculptures, the Declaration of Independence written on parchment, or a seismogram etched on a paper drum.
The data on these artifacts is fungible, but when coupled in real-time, with something non-fungible, a historical artifact is produced. Museums are filled with artifacts like these, and they’re extremely valuable to collectors and historians.
But while the world increasingly generates more data in response to historical events, we’re also removing non-fungible objects from the data collection and storage process, resulting in fewer non-fungible artifacts being available for display in museums.
Fortunately, thanks to the invention of Blockchains and NFTs, we have a solution.
The goal of The Data History Museum is to mint NFTs, as an immediate and automatic response to an event worthy of the historical record, as it happens in real-time.
Download our whitepaper for a deeper understainding How NFTs Qualify As Legitimate Artifacts.
We’re here to push boundaries
- Challenge the traditional notion of what constitutes a historical artifact.
- Pioneer the next iteration of the museum.
- Install the foundation for the next version of humanity’s historical record.
- Upgrade the flawed and inefficient paradigm of science funding to accelerate the generation of human knowledge.
- Bring attention to the great work of the thousands of scientists and researchers from which we all benefit.
Meet the team
The Data History Museum curates artifacts with data from public domain and open database sources to ensure no copyright issues. We would like to acknowledge the dedicated scientific teams that create these sources:
- U.S. Geological Survey seismic data used in compiling earthquake information
- U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data used to compile solar flare information
- Map graphic information from OpenStreetMap, which is made available here under the Open Database License (ODbL)