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Smart Contract Data Analytics and Visualization

Last modified Mar 25

Introduction

Ethereum is a Blockchain-based platform started in 2014. It it widely known, as it is the first platform enabling so called Smart Contracts. Smart Contracts are programs, which enable users of the system to define of a set of rules this contract should follow. One of the most famous applications by now are so called token contracts. A user defines the existence of an arbitrary amount of tokens which represent value as the user likes. With Security Token Offerings (STO), companies issue their own shares which can be traded lateron on this platfom.

Although Ethereum is an established cryptocurrency by now, we still lack a deep understanding of what exactly is happening in the network. Even for such a fundamental metric like the total number of smart contracts, it is hard to find a reliable, precise, and current source. More specific questions, like what smart contracts are most often used for, are still unanswered.

The overall research goal is to enable a better understanding of the Smart Contract ecosystem and allow for applications which further facilitate this data.

Research Questions

  • What are sufficient methods to analyze and evaluate Smart Contract bytecode and data?
  • What are relevant use cases for Smart Contracts and how can they be measured?
  • What patterns are available in Blockchain-based software engineering and how can they be measured?
  • How is access control management done in Smart Contract systems and how can it be measured?