Decision Support for DAO Platform Selection

Blockchain technology offers a reliable decentralized infrastructure, which means that it does not have to be controlled by one central authority for business applications. Blockchain technology can be employed as an application platform to build the underlying trust infrastructure of any distributed system. Since public blockchain platforms are open to the world, they can rapidly draw software development companies and communities’ attention to the strengths of blockchain technology.

Blockchain makes a unique type of organization achievable: the Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO). A DAO is a network of stakeholders with no central administration, just a collection of rules encoded on a blockchain network. Numerous DAO platforms have emerged recently and utilized in diverse business applications. As the number of DAO platforms in the market is increasing rapidly, DAO platform selection is becoming a significant challenge for software-producing organizations. Hence, knowledge regarding DAO platforms has to be collected, organized, stored and quickly retrieved when it needs to be applied.

Recently, we designed and implemented a Decision Support System (DSS) for supporting decision-makers with their technology selection problems in software production. The DSS provides a decision model studio for building decision models based on a technology selection framework. Such decision models can be uploaded to the DSS’s knowledge base to facilitate the decision-making process for decision-makers according to their requirements and preferences.

In this research project, we are looking for an enthusiastic student that can investigate potential DAO platforms and their features and then model the decision-making process. If you are interested in this research project, please contact dr. Slinger Jansen (slinger.jansen@uu.nl).

Setting up a Distributed Autonomous Organization

For this project we are looking for a curious student who wishes to explore the opportunities provided by Distributed Autonomous Organizations (DAO). The SecureSECO project aims to secure the worldwide software ecosystem by storing data about the software ecosystem in a distributed ledger.

This ledger must be maintained and appended, but that can only be done if the ledger is properly embedded in an organization. For the SecureSECO project we aim to experiment with a DAO, which is governed by its members, who are typically empirical software engineering researchers. What we need for this project is a template for our DAO with an associated set of tools and platforms that we can use to spin up the DAO.

The project thus concerns the following steps:

  1. Inventory which requirements the DAO has.
  2. Establish the available DAO platforms.
  3. Decide on a DAO platform for the creation of our DAO.
  4. Create a first version of the DAO.
  5. Provide an instruction for how to set up the DAO.

The project will be considered successful if all the requirements identified in step 1 are met or could be met with reasonable time investment. The project can start anywhere between today and the 31st of December, 2020.