Blockchain in Vienna

The City of Vienna sees tremendous opportunities for the future of the administrative administration in the currently much discussed Blockchain technology. Transparency, openness and participation are the leading motifs for our thoughts and actions concerning the digitization of the city. These so-called ‘Viennese principles’ are supported by the use of blockchain technology.

The City of Vienna has therefore decided to actively use blockchain technology for the first time.

The first blockchain pilot “OGD – Change Protocol and Notarization” enables independent checks to be made as to whether data records of the city of Vienna existed at a specific time.

Specifically, the project aims to ensure the integrity of OGD (Open Government Data).

The checksums of OGD of the city of Vienna are stored in public blockchains and can be retrieved by the interested public. The users can thus view and check the authenticity and history of the data independently of an intermediary institution.

The implementation of the pilot costs 30 person-days of the City’s ICT department, as well as 3 person-days consultation and know – how transfer by EY (Ernst & Young).

The City of Vienna also plans to test further blockchain applications and proactively promote technological development within the framework of the “Digital City Wien”. “The application of blockchain solutions in administration seems paradoxical at first, because it questions the authority as a mediator between state and citizens,” says Ulrike Huemer, CIO (Chief Information Officer) of the City of Vienna. “We, on the other hand, see great potential in terms of simplifying administrative processes and democratic interaction.”