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Autark has a vision of equipping the Aragon ecosystem with tools that enable DAOs to collaborate more seamlessly — by building discussion tools that are integrated with voting, rich user profiles, and expanding governance models to provide support for reputation-based organizations.

We have applied for $390,000 in DAI from the Aragon Network and are looking for your vote of support in AGP-19. What’s described in this article is a summary of our team’s initial initiatives and plans for the six months of funding we are requesting from the Aragon Network.

Below is a summary of our proposal (AGP-19) for funding from the Aragon Network. It has been modified for brevity and enhanced for clarity. Please review the official proposal before voting to ensure what you read has been accurately presented. Also if you have any feedback, we would love to hear it in the forum!

I01 — Cross-Application User Experience


Expanded Forwarder Options

I02 — Contextual Discussions

At the high level, discussion capabilities will have:

  • Ability to add, edit and delete comments
  • Support for markdown
  • Ability to like comments, weighted by the amount of DAO’s tokens held at time of snapshot based on context

We will ensure that the work we do in enhancing aragonAPI will enable us to support this use case, and will deliver at least one fork of an existing app that has integrated discussions.

I03 — Rich User Profiles

The additional data elements that will be relevant to expose in relation to a profile can be:

  • Memberships to other Aragon DAOs
  • Work Experience
  • Ability to import data from LinkedIn or manually input work experience
  • Ability to import commit history from Github, highlighting top projects
  • Ability to curate a portfolio of images (such as design work) hosted on distributed storage

While we are aware 3box is developing “Ethereum Profiles” which may cover aspects of this initiative, we will perform an assessment to see if it makes sense to leverage their framework before going all in on a fully custom implementation.

I04 — Expanding Governance Possibilities

The most logical place to implement reputation will be within the Projects application. The end goal is that when a user completes a task using the Projects app, they can collect a variety of tokens — standard ERC-20s in addition to non-transferable reputation tokens.

I05 — Data Storage and Standards

DAOs should be able to store their data with these qualities:

Accessible — all data from discussions and features alike will be available in distributed storage. This allows anyone to view and backup work without hitting a centralized server.

Standardized — by content addressing data and following open data standards, we can make people’s work more compatible across DAOs and other open source projects.

Timestamped — contributors should be able to create snapshots of their work across platforms. One way to do this is to store data on IPFS and write the hash to Ethereum.

Short Term

A near term storage solution preserves important qualities of decentralization without jeopardizing technical feasibility or user experience. It has a distributed data layer (i.e. IPFS) with intermediate services running on top of it. These services should be open source and provide clients efficient read/write capabilities to/from distributed storage.

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Long Term

While intermediate services still will be useful in the near-term, they should become less necessary as we implement distributed databases. At this point we will have new information about the community and their needs.

Over time we can replace intermediate services with their distributed counterparts such as OrbitDB, BigChainDB, Threads, Solid and others. Part of our goal over the next six months will be to better understand the feasibility of using these technologies.

If the demand for removing all centralization is high, a reliable distributed storage solution is feasible in this timeframe. Conversely, if we find the community cares more about new features we will be well positioned to extend our short term strategy and build more services.

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(Note: The images above are our initial architecture sketches. We’ll continue to refine these, especially during the first month of work.)

I06 — DAO Identity

I07 — Rewards Application and Planning Suite

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This Flock proposal includes team members that were awarded a Nest grant for a Planning Suite, which contains five applications: Allocations, Range Voting, Address Book, Projects, Rewards.

The plan is to finish the Nest Milestone 3 by the end of January, before the Flock funding would begin. This proposal includes rolling up Milestone 4 and 5 into Flock which entails the Rewards app, and any final work to get the Planning Suite into a stage to launch.

Grant Size

Estimated operating costs for Q1-Q2 2019

  • Autark payroll for 6 full-timers (includes healthcare stipend) — $295,000
  • Open Work Labs partnership (40 hrs/wk- details in team section) — $60,000
  • Contractors (Accounting, Graphic Design, etc) — $10,000
  • Misc. (Equipment, SaaS software/hosting, co-working space memberships, contingency) — $10,000
  • Team Offsite (One total) — $15,000

ANT package


Read more about our founding story and team here

Vote Yes on AGP-19

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To vote with a browser wallet, click the button above and find the AGP-19 ballot. For more details on the voting logistics, read Aragon’s blog post.

Written by

Project lead @autarklabs. Co-founder @SpaceDecentral @spacecoopinc. Passionate about DAOs with humans at the forefront & opening up space for collaboration.

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