Glossary of terms related to KILT Protocol

This is an overview of the terms we are currently using (March 2020) in relation to the KILT Protocol.

Digital credential – a digitised proof of an authorised qualification, competence, or clearance about an individual, a company, object, or even an AI. Drivers licenses, degree certifications, and credit cards are just a few examples of the kind of real-world (analogue) credentials that could become digitised for use on the internet.

Protocol – a set of rules or procedures for transmitting data between electronic devices like computers.

KILT Protocol – an open-source blockchain protocol for issuing claim-based verifiable, revocable, and anonymous credentials in the Web 3.0. It is still being developed and running in a basic test version.

KILT Blockchain – The distributed ledger where the KILT Protocol shall provide public information in the future. Currently, we are still in test mode and five permissioned nodes are running. See the current telemetry of the KILT Blockchain here.

Claimer – an entity that requests Attestations for Claims and receives Credentials on the KILT Protocol.

Attester – an entity that attests Claims and grants Credentials on the KILT Protocol.

Verifier – an entity that verifies the validity of a Claimer’s Credentials on the KILT Blockchain.

CTYPE (claimType) – a template used by a Claimer to create a Claim on the KILT Protocol.

Integrator – Certified KILT Integrators are IT consultancies, agencies, developers or other IT professionals who have knowledge and experience in managing and implementing successful projects based on or around the functionalities of the KILT Protocol.

KILT Coin – the currency that is planned to be used for making transactions and other tasks related to the KILT Protocol.

Mash-Net – A test-net provided to present the first features of the KILT Protocol and the technical infrastructure around it to an interested public for the first time. The system is for demonstration purposes only, still under development and may have some bugs.

Mash-Coin – play money for developers experimenting in the Mash-Net.

Mash Faucet – where developers can receive Mash Coins in order to experiment with the Mash-Net.

Wash-Net – the next step after the Mash-Net which shall be our persistent test-net. The main environment where the transactions shall be safe and preserved for the main-net (Spirit-net).

Spirit-net – the main-net of the KILT Protocol that shall contain the features described and proposed in the White Paper from today’s perspective. Please note: many features are still being researched and developed and are therefore subject to change.

Angel’s share – the ‘gas’, or transaction fee (in KILT Coins), that shall be needed for writing the hash value of Credentials on the blockchain (amongst others uses to be described in the future).

Sporran – (Scottish Gaelic for ‘purse’) a demo mobile wallet to be used by a Claimer as a storage for the credentials. It is easy to configure and customize to use case and developers are invited to play with it. A first version of it is already built and open-sourced.

Polkadot – a network protocol that shall allow data transfers between blockchains and enable interoperability and scalability in Web 3.0 applications. It is planned by the Web 3.0 Technologies Foundation as a multi-chain application environment with shared security guarantees and still under development.

Parachain – the parallelisable blockchains that shall comprise the Polkadot network.

Parathread – a blockchain that shall participate in the Polkadot network like a parachain, but on a pay-as-you-go basis. Read about your options as a para{chain, thread} on Polkadot here and follow their website and accounts for updates.

Parity – the company that develops the Substrate blockchain framework.

Substrate – a blockchain building framework developed by Parity and used in Polkadot. The KILT Mash-Net was built using Substrate.

Web 3.0 – The next generation internet brought about by decentralised internet infrastructure (e.g. blockchain, p2p networks) that shall prevent the consolidation of power and provide users with self-sovereign data.