Community Development Call #11
January 8, 2020
View slides from the call here.
Last Wednesday, Regen Network kicked off its first Community Development Call of 2020 that updated our community on science, development, and design. Despite the holiday season, our team has made big progress — and has accompanying big announcements.
To start the call, Gregory Landua, the CEO and Co-Founder, reminded us of the pick your favorite solstice holiday that Joe Brewer led. Essentially, the team will be adding these results to the official incentivized testnet point tally that R&D Inc. is taking on. During the Community Validator Call earlier this week, announcements have been released on the progress of this.
On the science side, the Open Team Soil had a measurement methodology meeting with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Stonyfield Farms, General Mills, and FarmOS to name a few. The Open Team is a collaborative open-source group that does development in open science and tech that is federally funded by Food & Agriculture Research. From Regen Network, Dr. Gisel Booman and Gregory work heavily in this sphere. Regen Network’s main role in the Open Team Soil is data structure and interoperability because many different groups want to collect data and use it for varying applications. For instance, common applications include proof-of-claim for ecosystem services, farmer decision-making to improve yield, and provision of information to local and national governments.
Gregory is particularly excited about the Open Team Soil because of the strong opportunity for proof-of-stake to supplant the old governmental-corporate dynamic to collect data and improve interoperability. Because this is a three-year grant process, Regen Network is looking forward to continuing this research.
The development team first introduced their updates by discussing the Protobuf versus Amino shutdown and resolution. This has been a perennial and long-term debate during the holidays in the Cosmos space. There has been substantial movement with this as Regen Network is taking leadership here, motivated to have backers credibility. CTO Aaron Craelius has spent the holidays making major traction in this development. He has been working on creating Protobuf and worker files with the Cosmos SDK Team, crystallizing on the approach they plan to take. By now, Protobuf types should already be merged in the Cosmos SDK. With an incremental approach, module by module, they are migrating the state in coding and then onboarding clients to make smooth upgrades more seamless. In addition, clients in coding that use Protobuf on their mobile phones will ease the process.
Next, Lead Developer, Ethan Frey talked about CosmWasm developments. Ethan informed us that there has been a lot of helpful feedback on API and security/performance in CosmWasm 0.6. With a more stable API, contracts will continue to grow and make it easier to share on one platform. In addition, the first community-developed smart-contract was cw-erc20. Currently, his team is working on more sample contracts with hopes to launch the public test/demo-net to collaborate on contracts in late January. Ethan hopes to move this around Telegram and will put out more smart contracts for people who want to build it out. Essentially, he wants to onboard more people so that they can further share this with their friends. If you are interested in building out your own smart contract, check out the CosmWasm Telegram channel.
Aaron and Ethan then briefly mentioned Buff, a backward compatibility checker. Moving forward, all Protobuff files in Cosmos SDK will be checked with Buff to assist the sharing modules. Backward compatibility is going forward on all sides of development to improve sharing with steps in this direction in all aspects.
Daniel Swid and Ron Steinherz on the product development and design team spoke about how excited they are about building applications on top of the Regen Ledger. The first application is the Issuance of Biodiversity & Carbon Credits. They are hoping to launch this by mainnet with partners in Western Australia that manage quite a bit of land, protect biodiversity, and practice regenerative agriculture. In Australia, there are many different starts have different rules to distribute credits. This partner wants to work with Regen Network so that they can issue their own credits in their own way and work with their own buyers.
This week, the team plans on announcing the dates of the Testnet next week in the Community Testnet call. For the future, the team plans on making appearances at the Natural Capital Project in Palo Alto and Hong Kong Blockchain Week in February.
If you want to keep up with the community development team’s progress, tune in on Wednesday, January 22!
View slides from the January 8th call here.
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