[Research] Zengo ❤️ Connected Papers

Zengo is built on cutting edge academic research. From the beginning, our research group has been committed to pushing the boundaries of cryptography and blockchain. We continue that commitment today and hope to contribute our little share to the crypto community in the process.

It’s no wonder then that we were keen to adopt Connected Papers early on. Connected Papers is a visual tool for researchers to find and explore academic papers. It was developed to improve the research process, and we can assure you, it does that, and much more.

Graph for Bitcoin-NG, a paper co-authored by our advisor Ittay Eyal

Connected Papers is disrupting how research is done.

Once we started using the tool, we immediately felt the impact. The visual graph enabled us to understand the history and future of a given area of research. It helped us identify trends and also forgotten papers that could come in handy. However, the real game-changer for us was the way the engine found connected papers by similarity

Introducing: similarity search

This was extremely useful when looking for related works. But, it goes much deeper than that. We believe similarity-based search is an excellent accelerator of innovation. 

Starting from just one paper, we could quickly explore a wide range of materials around a core research question and traverse through related questions we didn’t even know existed.

An innovative sector requires innovative tooling 

Academic research is a long and complex process. It takes years to complete and then even more years for research to become adopted by industry, if at all. We are lucky enough to work in a space where innovation is strongly correlated to scientific breakthroughs and where the pace in which breakthroughs are made and adopted is unparalleled.   

It’s our responsibility and pleasure to support tools that take the academic research pipeline to the next level. We are proud to become the first sponsors of Connected Papers – we endorse their vision and want to support the team behind the project.

We’re thankful to Eddie, Itay, and Alex, for building such an amazing research tool fit for the 21st century.  

If you’re working on tools that improve research productivity (ePrints on Github anyone?), let us know!