Digest December 11, 2023 Digest: CIP-1694 Voting Reminder, Cardano Ballot Open-Source, Cardano Foundation Identity Wallet Launch, and Cardano Official Summit NFTs

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Reminder to participate in the CIP-1694 Temperature Check

Since December 1, community members have been able to participate in the CIP-1694 Temperature Check by submitting their ballots—an event spanning two full epochs. The Ballot is set to conclude at the end of epoch 453 on December 11 at 21:44 UTC, with the results slated for announcement on December 16.

In response to the absence of hardware wallet support, the community has once again demonstrated its problem-solving capabilities. Teams from the Summon Platform and DripDropz collaborated to launch an additional CIP-1694 temperature check.

This community-driven initiative reflects the ecosystem’s ability to address challenges collectively. Rather than relying solely on genesis entities (Cardano Foundation, EMURGO, and IOG) for solutions, the community has taken a proactive role.

Don’t forget to cast your vote before before December 11th, 21:44 UTC

  1. Link to Cardano Ballot: https://1694ballot.cardano.org/
  2. Link to Summon Platform with Hardware Wallet support: General: App | Summon Platform
  3. Guide to Voting via Cardano Command-Line Interface (CLI)

Cardano Ballot Open-Source: Developers Welcome for Front-End Solutions.

The Cardano Foundation recently announced the open sourcing of the Cardano Ballot, a hybrid voting system that combines on-chain and off-chain elements. Among the latest updates, stake-based voting for CIP-1694 temperature checks and the integration of Hydra and Aiken Smart Contracts were introduced.

Cardano Ballot is not a white-label solution; it provides backend services, inviting frontend developers to create interfaces based on example projects. With this, the Cardano Foundation aims to complement community projects rather than compete with them.

Explore the repository at GitHub - cardano-foundation/cf-cardano-ballot: Cardano Ballot is a user-friendly, hybrid on- and off-chain voting system developed by the Cardano Foundation. Cardano Ballot leverages a set of backend services combined with frontend applications to facilitate voting within the Cardano Ecosystem. for practical use and potential improvements.

Announcing the Identity Wallet Release by the Cardano Foundation

The Cardano Foundation is introducing the Identity Wallet, a new open-source application developed in-house. This project reflects our ongoing efforts in research and development, focusing on Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI), Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs), Self-Certifying Identifiers (SCIs), Verifiable Credentials, Verifiable Data Registries (VDRs), and industry standards within the Cardano ecosystem and beyond.

In its initial release, the Identity Wallet serves as an open-source reference implementation, demonstrating the integration of W3C Decentralized Identifiers, Verifiable Credentials, and Key Event Receipt Infrastructure (KERI) tailored for the Cardano platform.

For those interested in exploring the app without the need for building, you can access the Identity Wallet demo from your mobile device using this link: Identity Wallet Demo.

Additionally, for those wanting to experiment with example credentials, here is the link to the Identity Wallet Credential Issuance Web Interface: Identity Wallet Credential Issuance Web Interface. Feel free to explore at your own pace.

Official Cardano Summit NFT Collection from Empowa

For the second consecutive year, the Cardano Foundation has selected Empowa, a community project, to mint and present the official Cardano Summit NFT Collection, highlighting the fusion of technology with positive impact. This year’s collection, centered around the theme “Blockchain for Social Impact,” is now open for minting.

The 2023 Summit collection includes 30 distinct digital collectibles representing six global regions—Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, North America, and South America—alongside the five phases of the Cardano protocol—Byron, Shelley, Goguen, Basho, and Voltaire. NFTs are bundled in sets of five, allowing for the possibility of obtaining duplicates in each pack. The proceeds from the NFT sales will contribute to constructing affordable, climate-resilient homes in Africa. NMKR facilitates the minting of NFTs while generously waiving all transaction costs, ensuring maximum support for the charitable cause. For more information about this initiative, visit the Cardano Forum.

Other Cardano Related News

  • Developer Blog Series: Mainstreet
  • Learn Aiken: Creating a Transaction Counter. In the series of: “I want to learn smart contracts on Cardano but don’t know where to start” brought to you by Stoic Pool.
  • Understanding the Nakamoto Consensus. Lets explore how Ouroboros was precisely designed to deliver comparable security assurances to Proof-of-Work (PoW), but with enhanced energy efficiency. Source
  • The Marlowe ecosystem has recently introduced a new tool: the “Marlowe TypeScript SDK.” Crafted to empower developers, this SDK provides the essential tools needed to seamlessly build and integrate Marlowe smart contracts into their applications and websites. Watch the demo here.
  • Here’s a TV interview featuring Lucas Macchiavelli, a Cardano Ambassador, on a major Argentine television network. The discussion covers Cardano as a third-generation blockchain, addressing topics like PoW vs. PoS, Cardano’s academic development approach, Project Catalyst, and more. The TV station has a daily viewership of 60,000, facilitating the spread of Cardano’s insights to a broad audience.
  • Recently the DripDropz team has released their long awaited “SPO Instant Rewards’’ service. The repository that is now made public comprises scripts and guidelines for configuring and distributing rewards to stake pool delegators. Source
  • Atala PRISM, a suite of decentralized identity tools, just open source code base in Hyperledger Labs. Source
  • IOG has recently launched Hydra version 0.14.0, featuring enhancements for a resilient Hydra network in case of disconnects. The update includes simplified on-chain scripts with inline datums and introduces a hydra-chain-observer tool, among other improvements. Developers are encouraged to explore the latest features and enhancements in this release. Source
  • Cardano & Ethereum: Contributions to Blockchain. Source

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Catalyst Proposals

Below you will discover a selection of Catalyst proposals originating from various community members, which have piqued our interest. Please note that by featuring these proposals in our Community Digest, we are not expressing explicit support for any single proposal. We strongly encourage each voter to conduct their own due diligence before making any voting decisions.

Proposal #1: Stakepool Uptime Monitoring and Health-Check Portal

Stakepools are the Backbone of the Cardano-Network. The quality & maintenance of the Servers the Stakepools are running on matters a lot. Normally, Servers sometimes have Hardware and/or Software issues, which need to be fixed immediately. Otherwise, the overall quality/performance of our Blockchain-Network goes down to the point where it is not running correctly anymore. Professional monitoring helps SPOs to know when a Server has an issue that needs to be fixed. Monitoring can be complicated and expensive, therefore we have a lot of Stakepools without proper Monitoring. Which hurts our Network and can lead to delegators/investors losing rewards. This Project provides a professional and easy-to-use monitoring solution to ensure SPOs are informed and can act before it is too late. Read More

Proposal #2: Cardano Warriors Adventure: Early Access Launch in Epic Games Store And Gamified P2P (Multisig)

Since the early days post-Mary hardfork, we’ve dedicated ourselves to building crucial components, laying the foundation for our current progress. While we yearned for more focus on the game itself, every moment was vital in shaping a robust base for our project. Our goal is clear: craft an engaging game and present it to over 200 million users from Epic Games Store. Alongside this, we aim to integrate features like P2P multisig, and enhancing the gaming experience. Our mission is to bridge the gap between blockchain and mainstream gaming. Traditional gamers often overlook blockchain games, and we’re set to change that. We aim to boost Cardano adoption to a wider gaming audience. Read More

Proposal #3: [nftcdn.io] Universal NFT Viewer API (Music+Video+Web+3D+…)

Today NFTs are mainly images, but they can be much more: movies, songs, 3D models, interactive art, important documents and so on. However, integrating and serving them on a product’s platform requires a lot of work and is very expensive, and so NFTCDN is proposing to make a “Universal NFT Viewer API” endpoint to make it quick, easy and cost-effective to display any kind of NFT. NFTCDN has served over half a billion optimised NFT images and metadata requests since launching in December 2022 and the proposal now aims to enable broader use cases, fuelling innovation and growth on Cardano and making it more appealing for developers and consumers from a diverse range of application and industry backgrounds to use Cardano as the blockchain of choice for NFTs. Read More

Spotlight for Community-Built Tools

The Developer Portal serves as a central hub for developers committed to building tools and services on Cardano. This platform empowers developers to collaborate on projects and proudly showcase their innovative works.

With a vision to evolve into a reliable resource, the Developer Portal aims to be the go-to destination where users can discover tools tailored to their specific requirements.

Moreover, community projects currently active on the mainnet are warmly encouraged to integrate their initiatives into the Developer Portal.

Recently added:

  • VESPR Wallet: VESPR is a non-custodial mobile light wallet for the Cardano network, prioritizing the security and safety of your digital assets while ensuring exceptional ease-of-use. Your private keys and assets always remain under your control.
  • DROPSPOT: Premium NFT-as-a-Service, project advisory & design, minting services, white label services, claim services, loyalty programs, collectible design & development, activations and artist collaborations.
  • DexHunter: DexHunter is a decentralized exchange aggregator with real-time alerts and an easy to use interface.

Network Insights

This marks the conclusion of our final Bi-weekly Community Digest for 2023. Our next update will be on January 8th, 2024. Wishing everyone a joyous holiday season and a wonderful start to the new year!

Many thanks and greetings from the Community Team!


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