BLING project legacy

18 August 2023 - Published by Evite van Winkoop
How the project expanded the evidence base of blockchain for government.

The BLING project begun in January 2019 and has now finished in June 2023. The partnership of 14 partners from 6 countries looks back on a very successful project. 

When BLING began there were very few local and regional government blockchain use-cases. The BLING partnership produced 24 use cases and has proven to be unique in targeting blockchain capacity development and piloting for local and regional governments. The project has thus significantly expanded the evidence base for blockchain use in government services.

Our lessons are to be found in our main publication: The Blockchain Book. This book is a collection of key learning from all the BLING use-cases focused on blockchain implementation in local and regional governments. You can find the book here.

Is your organization ready for blockchain?

BLING has launched a digital catalogue that allows you to browse through the 24 pilots, proof of concepts, and use cases that show how blockchain-enabled solutions will change how local and regional governments deliver local services and how they work with citizens.

There is a self test to discover how ready your organization is for blockchain.

Want to work with blockchain in government? Check out the BLING digital catalogue here:

  • Browse through the lessons learned in our real-life use-cases. Use the filters to zoom in on the information of your interest.
  • Fill out the ‘BRAT self-test’ to assess the blockchain readiness of your organisation. See how your organisation scores compared to benchmark scores.
  • Moreover, get additional information based on your organization’s ‘readiness score’ and needs.

Special thanks to all people that have been part of the BLING adventure over the past 4 years.

Adri Wischmann, BlockchainLab Drenthe, Netherlands; Ali Amin Rezaei, University of Oldenburg, Germany;  Annik Schoutenden, City of Antwerp, Belgium;  Astrid Stroobandt, Howest University, Belgium;  Daniël du Seuil, District 09 and European Blockchain Infrastructure;  Danny Dreves, BlockchainLab Drenthe, Netherlands;  Dave Fitch, Consultant, Scotland;  Dave Murray Rust, TU Delft, Netherlands;  Dewi Eshuis, Groningen Municipality, Netherlands;  Ella Tallyn, University of Edinburgh, Scotland;  Emmie Osselaere, Gent, Belgium;  Evite van Winkoop, Groningen Municipality, Netherlands;  Gino Dehullu, City of Roeselare, Belgium;  Jan Willem Bos, Emmen Municipality, Netherlands;  Jasmien Wellens, City of Roeselare, Belgium;  Jelena Zec, County Administrative Board of Skåne, Sweden;  Jeroen Wester, BlockchainLab Drenthe, Netherlands;  Jetta Post, Designer, Netherlands;  Joe Revans, Edinburgh University, Scotland;  John Smalbil, Emmen Municipality, Netherlands;  Joke van Gheluwe, Howest University, Belgium;  Jolanda Hemmes-Blumers, CJIB (Dutch Central Justitieel Incassobureau), Netherlands;  Jörgen Dehlin, County Administrative Board of Skåne, Sweden;  Joris Moorthamers, City of Antwerp, Belgium;  Josef Gustafsson, County Administrative Board of Skåne, Sweden;  Juho Lindman, University of Gothenburg, Sweden;  Keith Fisken, SEStran, Scotland;  Kimberley Van Luchem, City of Roeselare, Belgium;  Kris van Berendoncks, City of Antwerp, Belgium;  Kurt Callewaert, Howest University, Belgium;  Livia Norström, University of Gothenburg, Sweden;  Nele De Clercq, City of Ghent, Belgium;  Niels Annema, Province of Drenthe, Netherlands;  Renske Stumpel, Groningen municipality, The Netherlands; Sergey Tsiulin, Aalborg University, Denmark;  Shane Deconinck, Howest University, Belgium Tim van Achte, City of Ghent, Belgium;  Timo Wyffels, City of Ghent, Belgium;  Tineke Smegen, Province of Drenthe, Netherlands;  Wim van Renterghem, Howest University, Belgium