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Blockchain Research and Applications: A Systematic Mapping Study

  • K. S. Sagar Bharadwaj
  • Samvid DharanikotaEmail author
  • Adarsh Honawad
  • K. Chandrasekaran
Conference paper
Part of the Blockchain Technologies book series (BT)


Brought to the limelight by the famous Bitcoin, blockchain has since evolved and now sees a lot of use cases apart from cryptocurrencies, such as in distributed storage systems, finance, health care, and so on. It is, therefore, an area of scrutiny by a lot of researchers and application developers. Significant amount of research on blockchain involves the application of blockchain technology to solve problems from various domains or improve the existing architecture of blockchain itself. The recent trend toward the decentralization of the Internet has given rise to many decentralized applications which also rely fundamentally on blockchain. In this paper, we conducted a systematic mapping study on blockchain technologies. The objective of the study is to identify and map various domains of research related to blockchain and recognize possible directions for future research. We do so by formulating a set of well-defined research questions and providing answers to them.


Blockchain Systematic mapping study Blockchain research Blockchain applications 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. S. Sagar Bharadwaj
    • 1
  • Samvid Dharanikota
    • 1
    Email author
  • Adarsh Honawad
    • 1
  • K. Chandrasekaran
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and EngineeringNational Institute of Technology KarnatakaSurathkalIndia

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