OriginTrail bi-yearly report — H1 2021 | Growth acceleration with the #multichain OriginTrail and establishing institutional support
This H1 2021 report covers the most significant evolutionary aspects of the OriginTrail ecosystem thus far. In the first six months of the year, OriginTrail transformed into a multichain network. There will be additional blockchain integrations to follow (Polkadot and other EVM-compatible chains). This development makes way for faster global adoption of the first Decentralized Knowledge Graph (DKG) that for the first time ever delivers an alternative to the way knowledge graph technology is being used by conglomerates like Google and Facebook. Achieving economies of scale and scope, the OriginTrail DKG was introduced into use within several industries, championed by the largest global associations and companies. The pioneering work done in using the OriginTrail technology in healthcare received recognition by the World Economic Forum, further expanding awareness of DKG capabilities for tackling the most dire societal challenges.
Concluding the challenging 2020, the OriginTrail Ecosystem faced staggering Ethereum network fees and growing interest in the adoption of the OriginTrail DKG by enterprises, governments, and users. All of these factors combined created a growing urgency to expedite OriginTrail’s multi-chain, blockchain-agnostic vision, which was initially outlined in the original white paper. The proposal to accelerate the Starfleet phase was put in motion through the Trace Alliance Working Group on Decentralization and Tokenomics, which is composed of visible representatives of the community, OriginTrail node runners and Trace Labs — core developers of OriginTrail.
Strong support for the proposal was confirmed by a very successful TRAC staking process (100MM TRAC contributed), paving the way for the first multi-chain deployment using the EVM-compatible xDai. Achieving this unlocked an unimpeded growth trajectory, resulting in the Total Graph Size (TGS) tripling in size in less than three months. This is up from the linked data size, which took three years to accrue starting with the launch of OriginTrail mainnet. Simply put, TGS went up from 8MM TGS at the end of Q1 2021 to 30MM TGS at the end of Q2.
With the Starfleet phase continuing, several further blockchain integrations are in the works, including the Substrate-based blockchain, which will aim to become a parachain in the Polkadot ecosystem. With that, OriginTrail’s DKG infrastructure will become widely accessible for use in the creation of Web3 solutions, providing fundamentally different ways of connecting and maintaining knowledge assets based on the principles of inclusiveness, neutrality and usability. OriginTrail’s technology, which has been solving problems in supply chains, is now showing its potential to revolutionise the way humanity creates, shares, and consumes data and knowledge assets.
The Internet is currently in a state of strikingly apparent power asymmetry favoring tech conglomerates. In moving away from this, OriginTrail developers and the community have garnered support from both internet and Web3 pioneers like Bob Metcalfe (inventor or Ethernet, and the author of the Metcalfe’s Law) and other builders of the next generation internet. This report is the result of wide efforts by all sides of the OriginTraill ecosystem. We wish you a pleasant read.
Decentralized Knowledge Graph adoption update
British Standards Institution (BSI)
The suite of DKG-based solutions developed in partnership with BSI was extended in both number and scope in the first half of 2021. In April, Jurij released an exhaustive piece on the relevance and importance of OriginTrail technology as the backbone of the life sciences and healthcare industry. Diving into the specifics of the pharmaceutical sector, he elaborated on how the DKG can be used to achieve greater transparency and safety in pharmaceutical supply chains by enabling unit-level traceability, product diversion indicators, and anti-counterfeit mechanisms. This sparked a lot of interest from stakeholders globally, culminating in an exciting update from BSI. In their whitepaper on solutions offered to increase transparency in the pharmaceutical industry, they introduced the DKG as the foundation of their data management and analytics hub. Furthermore, the whitepaper expanded on how BSI and Trace Labs have implemented this solution for a global donor organization (starting with deployment in India), allowing them to authenticate products, track patient utilization, and be alerted about any diversion issues. This successful expansion into pharmaceuticals marks a significant milestone, revealing the ability of the DKG to uniquely address a multitude of challenges plaguing the sector. Several follow-up activities are already in the works, promising further expansion in the second half of the year.
The first half of 2021 also saw the kick-off of the Innovate UK funded Trusted Bytes project. Trusted Bytes aims to use innovative digital technology to facilitate the flow of goods across the UK border, increasing efficiency, transparency, and security of the UK food sector. This will help to create proof of food provenance by digitizing critical border transfer processes while also providing seamless real-time digital connectivity to supply chain operators. It will also enable a trusted data exchange that connects the supply chain with central government and other critical partners, enhancing cross border transition, compliance, and security. Furthermore, BSI — the Trusted Bytes consortium partner — will also explore how to streamline and facilitate the adoption of the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) program, ultimately increasing security and expediting shipments across the UK border. This will be done by leveraging various open international best practice frameworks around supply chain data management, trust, and interoperability within the initiative. These include the open source OriginTrail DKG, GS1 EPCIS, W3C DIDs and verifiable credentials, and ISO 44001 Collaborative Business Relationships.
Aside from the two major new DKG implementations introduced above, several enhancements to existing solutions developed in collaboration with BSI have been introduced. Continuing the successful implementation of the SCAN Trusted Factory solution, which has received a lot of attention within the supply chain industry, several feature enhancements are being introduced this year, as mentioned in the SCAN Q2 newsletter.
The existing BSI Training Certificates solution (BSI issues over 200,000 training and qualification certificates per year) was built on the OriginTrail DKG. It has been extended with new features and is being moved to the next stage in the following months.
Last but not least, the joint implementation with BSI in the innovative Monasterevin distillery is continually progressing with new features, additional data sources and piloting additional capabilities using the OriginTrail data marketplace technology.
Since its inception, the Decentralized Knowledge Graph has been heavily utilized in conjunction with the widely adopted GS1 standards, particularly EPCIS. In the first half of 2021, OriginTrail’s core developers have been continously engaged in the development of the new EPCIS 2.0 standard version through the GS1 EPCIS Working Group. There have been several other productive achievements, as well.
Together with partners from the European rail industry, OriginTrail Core Developers have been expanding the implementations to track more rail parts and events, in accordance with GS1 and towards the upcoming EPCIS 2.0 implementation (improving upon the original solution showcased on the Liftoff event at the end of 2020). The network of companies exchanging EPCIS-structured information on their rail supply chain activities has increased and showcased that, when based on GS1 and the DKG, integrations are performed with very low friction.
Following these successful productive implementations of the DKG, team Trace Labs was invited to showcase them at two dedicated presentations on the GS1 2021 Global Forum together with GS1 Switzerland (the blockchain session and the GS1 rail session). Frequent supporting activities on introducing GS1 standards have also been discussed and piloted with partners from TheFSM project, together with data marketplace capabilities.
In H1, we also saw significant developments in the EU-supported projects leveraging the OriginTrail DKG. The remarkable improvements in the cost-effectiveness of the OriginTrail decentralised network allowed a much wider scope of OriginTrail use, making the DKG a more ubiquitous component for different EU-supported projects. Important work has been done within The Food Safety Market project, defining how the decentralized knowledge graph will be used to enable digital certification processes for farmers in Europe. With the implementation pending in the next phase of the project, partners are aligning the last details of the system design. Another important food industry project (with over 160 partners), Smart Agri Hubs, has seen more communications activities in the first six months of 2021. These activities happened on a range of fronts, including newer platforms like TikTok.
Trace Labs, the core developer of OriginTrail, has also been very active in the Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative, developing and testing new components based on the OriginTrail DKG that ensure core values of human-centred internet are a part of its future. Furthering the concept of data marketplace and how it can help monetising upstream supply-chain data, Kakaxi devices have been deployed on multiple sites across the globe in the scope of the NGI Atlantic initiative.
As the data gets collected on the field, the next steps include setting a monetary value for that data and using a decentralised marketplace to facilitate its procurement. In the beginning of the year, we also saw how the OriginTrail DKG was included in a framework for managing personal information in a GDPR-compliant way in the scope of the NGI-funded OpenPKG project. It was also presented by Trace Labs’ General Manager, Jurij Skornik, at a series of events organised by the NGI initiative.
To wrap-up the plethora of adoption updates on EU-funded projects where the OriginTrail DKG is being used, there has been a steady development towards creating a national traceability system for organic food within the Ekopakt project. The first implementation phase should be finalised by the end of the year.
Education and Trace Alliance
To support further growth of the OriginTrail DKG, the first half of 2021 saw an increase in the number of alliances made, research volumes delivered (by the world’s most renowned academics), and engaging educational resources published. The core OriginTrail development team took an active part in influential global events, sharing digital stages with the likes of Google, Facebook, and Uber.
Trace Labs made the first strides into the healthcare industry with an open-source project aimed at collecting information on essential supplies to help fight the COVID-19 virus. The initiative soon outgrew its original parameters as it received support from the World Economic Forum and its Uplink program for innovative and sustainability-oriented projects. The World Economic Forum is continuing its support for OriginTrail and we are excited to see the results in the following period.
Announced in March, another Trace Alliance initiative was launched under the title the Working Group on Supply Chain Data Interoperability and Semantic Web. This working group brings together global companies, technology providers, government agencies, and academics to collaborate on creating a commons-based (open source) framework and recommendations that will contribute to seamless communication between disparate information technology systems in the public and private sectors. In its first few months of operation, the working group already yielded a research paper on the current state of data interoperability and semantic web initiatives globally and attracted the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to join its first public meeting, which was held in June.
In collaboration with Amos Thomas — an IT specialist and one of the most active members of the Trace Alliance Working Group on Decentralization and Tokenomics — and the Ivan on Tech Academy, OriginTrail launched an educational and engaging online course. The course is available to anyone that wants to learn how to run an OriginTrail node. The course also covers running a node on different blockchains that the OriginTrail Decentralized Network (ODN) is connected to. Also, one can get to know how to configure a node, best practices, publishing and viewing datasets, and more.
Giving developers more insights into OriginTrail, the CTO and founder of Trace Labs was interviewed by Ivan Liljeqvist of the Ivan On Tech Blockchain Academy to explain the significance of the decentralized knowledge graph technology and its use cases. During the interview, Branimir showcased how easy it is to build any application using the OriginTrail technology.
The OriginTrail ecosystem’s footprint was largely increased through important opinion leadership at some of the most important global technological conferences. Branimir Rakic took several digital stages with the likes of Google, Facebook, and Uber at the Knowledge Graph Conference.
As the Starfleet development phase progressed, OriginTrail was selected from over hundred projects to present at the Polkadot Decoded summit — the biggest Polkadot event. In May, Žiga Drev, a founder of Trace Labs, showcased OriginTrail Decentralized Network capabilities and how it is currently used by leading global organisations. Žiga also unveiled the next steps towards securing the parachain on the Polkadot Network.
OriginTrail was continuously part of the most important Polkadot Ecosystem events in the first half of 2021. The Trace Labs team hosted a joint Polkadot + OriginTrail meetup in June with Branimir Rakic and Dieter Fishbein as its main speakers. Branimir Rakic from OriginTrail and Dieter Fishbein from Web3 Foundation shared their insights into the mult-ichain Polkadot and OriginTrail ecosystems, speaking about Kusama and Polkadot parachain auctions, the OriginTrail parachain and Decentralized Knowledge Graph, and how OriginTrail and Polkadot will work together to link trusted data across different systems to bring a new kind of knowledge economy to life.
To expand awareness in the enterprise community, the GM of Trace Labs, Jurij Skornik got interviewed by the WOF Expo, aninnovative supply chain event organising company. Jurij spent five years solving supply chain management challenges for one of the world’s largest logistics providers, Deutsche Post DHL, before joining Trace Labs. As the General Manager, he now leads important projects in collaboration with international partners and part of his responsibilities is to develop relationships with key clients for Trace Labs. His long-term goal is to make trusted data exchange available to supply chains worldwide. The full interview is available here.
Trace Labs, the core development company of OriginTrail is now expanding its team and its advisory board. Joining as an advisor is one of the earliest Internet pioneers, Professor Dr. Bob Metcalfe. Dr. Metcalfe invented Ethernet and is famous for Metcalfe’s Law. As the OriginTrail Knowledge Graph gains traction among users worldwide, Trace Labs welcomes Dr. Metcalfe to help apply Metcalfe’s Law to predict the value of linked data based on the network effect.
Protocol development: Technology
The main goals for technical development in the first half of 2021 were to support the needs of the growing OriginTrail ecosystem and to further extend the applicability of the Decentralized Knowledge Graph. These efforts brought vast scalability improvements with OriginTrail becoming a multichain protocol. We also saw numerous performance updates and the development of new tools to improve the developer experience and an extension of blockchain utility through the OriginTrail dedicated blockchain.
The OriginTrail DKG has seen a total of nine releases, the most significant being the major version release of v5 in March, which extended the protocol to a multichain implementation, initially supporting xDAI and Ethereum blockchains. Prior to launching on mainnet, the core development team introduced the first multichain canary testnet — “Warp” — which has been used to perform initial testing and provides a fast moving environment to introduce new features. The v5 release of the DKG has successfully implemented the first stage of the envisioned blockchain-agnostic OriginTrail, initially supporting two blockchains, yet aiming to support a multitude of different chains through a simple DKG extension framework. The integration with Polygon has been in preparation since early summer (coming up in August). In the near future, the DKG will extend support with the OriginTrail parachain.
Several important features and improvements have been introduced to the ot-node, such as extensions to the API for better usability, improvements with data handling, dataset pruning, and several bug fixes. Additional tools have been created, the most notable being the DKG client for easier Dapp development, which was showcased in an episode of Ivan on Tech. A number of DKG tools are being prototyped and incubated through the The Food Safety Market project, where the DKG will support the platform data marketplace features, implemented using Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs) and the extended FairSwap marketplace protocol implementation. Finally, the learnings from implementations and mentioned research have fueled the team to create a new updated version of developer documentation, which was published recently as well.
The core development team has also been active in the standardization process of the GS1 EPCIS 2.0 standard for some time and actively re-engineering DKG components to support the new and improved version of the standard, tested and piloted with rail industry partner applications.
In parallel, together with the Trace Alliance Working Group on Decentralization and Tokenomics, the core development team has been working on project Starfleet, performing research and building a Substrate-based TRAC native blockchain. The Starfleet alpha version was successfully piloted with Warp in February and soon after launched on the Starfleet beta testnet. Initially aimed to be integrated with Polkadot as a separate, bridged chain, the development efforts have accelerated towards a fully-fledged OriginTrail Parachain. Together with team Parity and through the Substrate builders program, the Trace Labs team has performed a successful integration of the OriginTrail Parachain with the Rococo testnet in June, soon after which a staging testnet was launched. The Parachain staging testnet is the final phase towards the launch of the productive OriginTrail Parachain on Polkadot, used for testing and ultimately reaching the necessary, highest level of technological readiness prior to integration with ODN.
A total of three new RFCs were reviewed and accepted in the first half of the year and several new RFC drafts are in the works and about to be published. Most notably, research has been carried out on the novel protocol updates for the DKG, expanding support for multiple implementations in it’s discovery, publishing, and exchange protocols, which are expected to land in v6 of OriginTrail later in the year.
In the first half of 2021, the ecosystem remains in a good financial state. Optimising the use of funds, all activities carried out in 2021, including bounty awards for xDAI chain, were covered by last year’s token allocation. This means that the future development fund has remained in the same amount as defined last year as well, at 132,500,000 TRAC. As already described in the roadmap, a framework for deploying the future development fund will be presented at the release of the new whitepaper towards the end of Q3.
The total size of the treasury therefore stands at 16,480 ETH on June 30th.
Key ODN adoption metrics
H1 2021 was a special period for the ODN. The multiple advancement of the network, especially achieving the multichain stage, were crucial in unleashing the adoption of the technology. We have seen a booming growth of all KPIs, especially the most important one — the Total Graph Size (TGS). As further advancements are planned for the second half of 2021, we are looking forward to the upcoming growth, excited to see the impact OriginTrail will make globally.
Total graph size (TGS)
Total graph size (TGS) is the core metric of the OriginTrail ecosystem. It is a measurement of the size of knowledge supported by the decentralised knowledge graph. This is done by combining two key elements of a knowledge graph — data objects and connections between data objects. In more precise terms, it combines the total number of graph vertices (also known as graph cardinality or the order of the graph) and the total number of graph edges (known in graph theory as graph size) of a decentralized graph. The term vertices represents all the different objects that have been added to the graph (such as identifiers or specific information for supply chain events, products, attestations, locations, and certificates) while the edges represent the connections between these objects.
In the first half of 2021, we saw very steep growth of this core metric. It took two years for the network to achieve 8MM TGS, so 2021 saw an almost four-fold increase in just six months. Finishing the H1 in the vicinity of 30MM TGS sets the scene for an even stronger finish to the year. We are keeping our eyes on that 100MM TGS mark. The core development team is positive that with all the planned advancements and the anticipated technology uptake, the ambitious 100MM mark should be surpassed.
The rest of the metrics are following the main KPI in its growth as well. Starting with the number of published datasets on the ODN, the beginning of the year has seen a significant decline which was associated with a very significant increase in the costs of using the Ethereum network. After the multichain deployment on the xDAI, the improvements were immediately felt, setting (by then) a record of 500+ data holding jobs. The uptake also did not stop here as the number of published datasets kept increasing towards the end of the first half of the year and crossed 3,200 data holding jobs in June.
OriginTrail had an eventful first half of the 2021 in terms of the amount of staked TRAC as well. As the OriginTrail ecosystem continued on the path towards the multichain vision, a staking event for the upcoming TRAC-native chain was organised in March. The overwhelming support of the OriginTrail community led to the staking of 100MM TRAC, sending the total-TRAC-staked KPI to extreme heights, locking up over 20% of the total TRAC emission.
Marketing & communications
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were all forced to adapt to the New Normal. This has meant a broader online presence that expanded last year and is still ongoing. An advantage is that OriginTrail received even more exposure by participating in a vast number of online discussions and events, expanding awareness and sharing knowledge of what OriginTrail does and what it represents.
At the beginning of the year, Starfleet bug bounty program was announced, where all security researchers and community members were invited to participate in securing the implementation of Starfleet-stage technical components. The goal was to focus on securing the Starfleet boarding process against any potential smart contract attacks, ensure the secure interaction of the Dapp with the Starfleet boarding smart contract, and the release of The Starfleet blockchain source code prior to the mainnet launch.
Right after the Starfleet bug bounty program, OriginTrail 2021 expanded roadmap was released, which included Starfleet and Polkadot updates, and knowledge economy tools, as the ODN was on its way from a single-chain to a multi-chain network. Parity — the core team behind Polkadot — was working closely with Trace Alliance working group to ensure OriginTrail consensus layer scalability requirements for quickly expanding adoption. The Starfleet blockchain initiative, driven by the OriginTrail community through the Starfleet Task Force, has been the Trace Alliance Decentralization and Tokenomics Working Group’s secondary activity. Last but not least, knowledge economy tools were introduced by adding the “4th I” (incentivization) to interoperability, interconnectivity, and integrity.
To keep up with the current trends, OriginTrail appeared on TikTok, which is the largest growing social media. You can find some fresh videos there so make sure to follow us!
OriginTrail received important recognition by being mentioned in the Oracle Blockchain Blog on the topic of the impact of COVID-19 has on daily lives and the global businesses. It goes into how blockchain technology can be a good fit for enterprises revising data to lower risks and optimize their business. On the other hand, the blog post explains the ways in which citizens, who were accustomed to buying products in brick-and-mortar stores, can now do so online and trust the origin of those goods.
An important discussion about data and policy was hosted in H1 by NGI. During the discussion, Trace Labs’ General Manager Jurij Skornik spoke with Erik Manners about the usage of OriginTrail in the OpenPKG tool to give citizens the power to control their own data. It is clear that citizens should know who they provide their data to and to be able to erase it if they wish.
Executive Vice-President for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age, Margrethe Vestager, said: “You don’t have to share all data. But if you do and data is sensitive you should be able to do it in a manner where data can be trusted and protected. We want to give businesses and citizens the tools to stay in control of data.”
At the beginning of February, staking process for the world’s first multi-chain Decentralized Knowledge Graph kicked off (with the target of 100MM TRAC staked reached a few weeks later). On the 16th of February, right before the boarding event started, a live Zoom was hosted as a check-in meeting with OriginTrail founders to answer various queries about staking. For the first time, the OriginTrail DKG went from one blockchain to multi-chain.
A great amount of useful information was being discussed, including the openness of nodes and connectivity to various blockchains, the length of staking and the amount of reward for staked TRACs, the bridge between xDai and Ethereum, wallets receiving staked bounty, and much more.
If you want to watch the check-in again, feel free to click the following link.
In mid-February, Alpha Sigma published its first report about OriginTrail, presenting it in a thorough way as an extremely competitive project. After a quick overview, the report digs deeper into our collaboration with SCAN, Oracle, BSI, Swiss National Rail Company, and Slovenian poultry producer Perutnina Ptuj. It goes on to present OriginTrail’s competition, finalizing the report with the description of OriginTrail’s team and future opportunities.
The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly shown the importance of the provenance of medical equipment as well as its safety. This important mission has been also recognized by the World Economic Forum (WEF). There have been too many cases of governments and other institutions being supplied counterfeit equipment with misleading certificates. With the help of the ODN and the transparency of suppliers’ data shared on the network, goods can be easily tracked as well as their certificates examined, leaving no space for low-quality suppliers. This way, organizations buying equipment to fight COVID-19 and citizens in need of treatment can be assured they are provided with high-quality goods. All of this is possible thanks to blockchain and exchange of transparent and immutable data shared on the OriginTrail network.
Greg Kidd — an early investor in the Twitter, Square, and Ripple startups — publicly acknowledged OriginTrail as dealing with “organic food from farm to table, or Covid supplies” as he started in his tweet.
At the end of February, OriginTrail’s CTO Branimir Rakic participated in Baseline Protocol Weekly Office Hours talk, where he briefly presented the work of OriginTrail and its three core principles, which include usability, permissionless, and neutrality of the open-code system. He also addressed interest in possible collaboration with Baseline.
OriginTrail’s founders were invited to an exclusive interview led by Brad Laurie of Blockchain Brad. The interview, which can be replayed on Blockchain Brad’s Youtube Channel, was mainly about current news and areas of work within the OriginTrail ecosystem with the multi-chain expansion, cooperation with various organizations and partners, and knowledge economy. Clear examples of OriginTrail expansion throughout the recent years and the roadmap for this year were explained. As always, OriginTrail founders gave special credit to our community and loyal followers.
At the beginning of March, Startup.info interviewed OriginTrail co-founder Ziga Drev on the topic of OriginTrail’s beginnings 11 years ago, which surprisingly enough commenced as a decentralized cooperation between the founders. In the beginning, OriginTrail’s challenge was to support local food brands with high-quality goods looking to differentiate themselves from their competitors. That led to the creation of OriginTrail and the founders quickly realized it can be utilized not only for food provenance, but also for data exchange on any given supply chain. If organizations are to cooperate well, the data exchange between them needs to be transparent and trustworthy. The same was true when talking about COVID-19, as the pandemic strengthened OriginTrail’s main vision about the transparency of data. In the interview, Ziga also highlighted the importance of legacy systems and blockchains cooperating with one another for all involved parties to benefit from it.
On the third day of the GS1 Global Forum 2021, OriginTrail co-founder and CTO Branimir Rakic delivered a presentation about the power and connection of GS1 standards and blockchain. Branimir presented how the Decentralized Knowledge Graph obtains data based on the three I’s (interconnectivity, integrity, and interoperability) and showcased the data search and exchange based on a rail industry example.
The whole session is available here.
In mid-March, Cointelegraph published an article about the increase in price of the TRAC token since the beginning of February with its all-time high just a few days before the article was released due to new developments at OriginTrail.
At the largest student-led blockchain conference in the UK, called Champions of Blockchain, Branimir Rakic was one of the keynote speakers. He discussed transforming global supply chains with blockchain through data integrity, interconnectivity, and interoperability.
In the first half of the year, the new Trace Alliance Working Group on Supply Chain Interoperability and Semantic Web was announced, with John G. Keogh serving as the working group’s chair. The group is collaborating by using globally-recognized GS1 and W3C standards and semantic web tech. Organizations that have joined so far include blockchain ecosystem builders, standardization organizations, global industry solution providers, and renowned academic institutions, such as high-caliber academic leaders from TBS Education, Colorado State University, University of Lincoln, University of Portsmouth, the National University of Ireland Galway, and SZE Györ.
April started with Trace Labs’ General Manager Jurij Skornik presenting his point of view about the importance of trusted certification and traceability systems, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic as fraud with PPE and vaccine distribution happened. For more interesting reading, click here.
At the end of the month, Branimir Rakic did an AMA organized by the Knowledge Graph Conference. He delivered OriginTrail’s vision of the “knowledge graph of knowledge graphs’’ next to speakers from Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Uber.
In May, Ziga Drev attended quite a few online events, starting with Innovation Day, hosted by UpLink by the World Economic Forum, Salesforce, and Deloitte to showcase their innovators and inspire investors, experts, and entrepreneurs to join the movement and drive action for the world’s most pressing issues.
Ziga shared more about how OriginTrail is driving radical transparency and trust in global supply chains and the experience being part of the WEF UpLink/WEF innovation program. The whole article can be read here. Also, a video was produced showcasing OriginTrail’s work.
Later that month, Ziga was invited to speak at the Podium Conference 2021, where he discussed the importance of sustainability information in supply chains together with Tania Le Voi (Oracle), Mandeep Soor (Bendi), and Daniel Cronin (AustrianStartups).
We very much looked forward to participating at the Polkadot Decoded event, where Ziga got selected to take the mainstage. He discussed OriginTrail’s 11-year-path into achieving transparency in sustainable supply chains and the crucial integration with Polkadot.
The next event in line was the discussion where Jurij Skornik together with the US partners from Kakaxi discussed the Food Data Marketplace project and OriginTrail’s cross-Atlantic cooperation at NGI Forum 2021.
At a webinar held on May 28, Jurij Skornik presented two solutions that were developed, implemented, and tested by OriginTrail as part of the EU-funded SmartAgriHubs project. You can read more about the solutions in the article or check out a short presentation video.
After the webinar, Jurij was interviewed by WOF Expo about prerequisites for wide blockchain tech adoption and explained about OriginTrail developments and usage of OriginTrail to bring greater visibility, transparency, and building trust in business networks with OriginTrail solutions.
In the last month of H1, the announcement that the Trace Alliance Working Group on Supply Chain Data Interoperability & Semantic Web to hold its first public meeting took place, chaired by John G. Keogh from McGill University. At the start, WG members shared their initial research results and later Branimir Rakic joined a roundtable discussion on the future of supply chains in the context of opportunities unlocked by advancements in Semantic Web technologies. At the end of the meeting, Andrew Kennedy of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) presented the details of their recently launched FDA’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety Low- or No-Cost Tech-Enabled Traceability Challenge.
On June 11, the first live event since COVID-19 started was organized, which was also streamlined. At the OriginTrail+Polkadot Meetup, the keynote speakers were OriginTrail’s CTO Branimir Rakic, and Dieter Fishbein from Web3 Foundation, who shared their insights on the multichain Polkadot and OriginTrail ecosystems. They discussed the upcoming Kusama and Polkadot parachain auctions, the OriginTrail Parachain and Decentralized Knowledge Graph, and dug deeper into how OriginTrail and Polkadot will work together to link trusted data across different systems and bring a new kind of knowledge economy to life.
Due to OriginTrail being part of the WEF and Uplink platform, Ziga Drev participated at a webinar organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council. He went into detail about using “blockchain technology to ensure that all supply-chain materials and services that went into a product were sustainably and ethically sourced.” The article summarizing the webinar can be found here.
OriginTrail co-founder Tomaz Levak was invited to talk on the Slovenian national TV about how OriginTrail delivers real utility in one of the most crucial human activities, supply chains. He outlined the usability of OriginTrail technology in tracking food provenance, enabling rail traffic safety in collaboration with Swiss Federal Railways, and helping US retailers together with the BSI. The video piece is available on our TikTok channel.
Launch of OriginTrail courses
For everyone eager to learn more about OriginTrail technology and the ecosystem, two OT courses were launched — OT 101 course and OT 102 course. Both parts are available on the Ivan on Tech Academy. The courses’ instructor is OriginTrail’s community member Amos Thomas.
Monthly Office Hours
In the first half of the year, we hosted four Monthly Office Hours. Sessions were anchored by community members Guinnessstache and occasionally Famous Amous.
During all Office Hours, questions that were previously received from the community were discussed.
In January, views on the expanded roadmap for 2021 were exchanged, the impact of the growth of the OriginTrail ecosystem, beginnings and the process of Starfleet boarding, and close collaboration with Parity, the core developers of Polkadot, were discussed.
In February, OriginTrail founders discussed the liquidity of TRAC and its listing on other exchanges to achieve vast exposure, cooperation and connectedness of OriginTrail to other business partners — like standards bodies like BSI and GS1 — who are already with Trace Labs on the way towards the future of linked data.
In April, Jurij Skornik, Trace Labs General Manager, joined the conversation to discuss the 2021 roadmap update and all the latest developments within the OriginTrail ecosystem.
In May, BSI’s latest solution for pharma built on OriginTrail was discussed, alongside the work being done within the Polkadot ecosystem and with the Polkadot team, Starfleet progress, ODN job targets, node updates, and more.
Special thanks to our community are always given because they have made sure the OriginTrail name and Trace Labs’ work is widely exposed. All Monthly Office Hours recordings are available on the official OriginTrail Youtube Channel.
Special credits to our loyal community
The importance of the OriginTrail community is always strongly stressed. Just a few pieces of public comments were compiled, published by the community members giving OriginTrail their constant support with words, published articles, and innovative songs.
Human resources update
Trace Labs unites OriginTrail’s core developers at three different locations: Hong Kong, Ljubljana, Slovenia, and Belgrade, Serbia.
Team members across all locations:
- Q1 2021: 20
- Q2 2021: 23
*OriginTrail does not report advisors and contractors as team members.
Trace Labs is actively looking for team reinforcements both in the development and project management team! If you are passionate about building a decentralized future, we would love to hear from you! Check out our career page and do not hesitate to get in touch even if the open positions are not exactly your fit. We always enjoy meeting like-minded innovators.
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First half of 2021 brought several unprecedented developments, from huge improvements in the cost-effective use of the OriginTrail DKG to implementations moving the state of the art in various industries. We have achieved the years-long goal of the multi-chain OriginTrail and laid the foundation for its further developments. Here’s to breaking more barriers and records in the next six months as we #TraceOn!