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September 25, 2018

Collibra Partners with San Diego Supercomputer Center and Leading Technology Companies to Launch New BlockLAB Research Laboratory

New York, September 25, 2018Collibra, the leader in enterprise data governance and catalog software, today announced its collaboration with the San Diego Supercomputer Center and other leading technology providers and experts to launch BlockLAB, a new blockchain research laboratory formed to explore and evaluate the principal technologies and business use cases in blockchains, distributed ledgers, digital transactions and smart contracts. This BlockLAB initiative is part of Collibra’s broader research efforts around rapidly evolving spaces like AI/ML, IOT, Data Skills Gaps and Cloud to guide customers in driving responsible data consumption and business value.

Leading the research work at BlockLAB will be Pieter De Leenheer, Collibra co-founder and chief science officer. De Leenheer heads the company’s Research & Education group, including Collibra University, which is a premiere industry research arm that helps data governance professionals and data citizens gain new skills and expertise to propel the success of their organizations’ data governance initiatives.

Located at the Center for Large Scale Data Systems (CLDS) at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, UC San Diego, the idea of BlockLAB was driven by the much publicized crypto-currency Bitcoin, a digital asset designed to work as a medium of financial exchange using cryptography to secure transactions and control the exchange of assets. Through the work of its partnerships, BlockLAB, will conduct primary research in blockchain and distributed transaction ledger (DTL) technologies and their potential business applications in a wide range of industrial and organizational settings, including financial, healthcare, retail services and government.

“There is much interest, experimentation and consternation in evaluating blockchain and DLT technologies, along with their applications in industry and government," according to Dr. James Short, BlockLAB's director and lead scientist at SDSC. "One of our primary goals is to work closely with industry partners to provide foundational knowledge, and to help science-based and industrial companies evaluate the potential benefits and risks of applying these new technologies to critical, large-scale transaction and data-intensive business processes."

Details of BlockLAB's research program and events this year can be obtained online at  A work in progress, member focused workshop will be held in late September at SDSC. BlockLAB's 2018 summary of research progress will be presented at SDSC's annual Data West technology conference, Dec 4-6, at SDSC (

Inquiries about BlockLAB can be directed to the LAB's director, Dr. James Short, at

About SDSC

As an Organized Research Unit of UC San Diego, SDSC is considered a leader in data-intensive computing and cyberinfrastructure, providing resources, services, and expertise to the national research community, including industry and academia. Cyberinfrastructure refers to an accessible, integrated network of computer-based resources and expertise, focused on accelerating scientific inquiry and discovery.

About Collibra

As the leader in data governance and catalog software, Collibra helps organizations across the world gain competitive advantage by maximizing the value of their data across the enterprise. Collibra is the only solution purpose-built to address the gamut of data stewardship, governance, and management needs of the most complex, data-intensive industries. Our flexible and configurable cloud-based or on-premises solution puts people and processes first – empowering every data citizen to find, understand and trust the data to unlock business value. Learn more at

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