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Top 10 Resources for beginners in Decentralized Identity (DID)

For anyone new to any ecosystem or community, it could be a tad overwhelming with the overflow of information, and resource materials out there. More often than not, it’s difficult to know which one out of these myriad resources is the best for you.

To be honest, we are really fortunate to live in a world of technology where you have access to a lot of resources like free tutorials, books, and courses to learn whatever you want, all thanks to the Internet.

If one of your goals is to learn about Decentralized Identity, and you are looking for some awesome, free resources then you have come to the right place.

In this article, I have personally hand-picked my top ten go-to resources that helped me understand the concept of decentralized identity better. These resources include videos, articles, and communities. Let’s dig in…

Articles

  1. Decentralized Identity by Ethereum.org — This article covers an intro to Identity and Identifiers, attestations, what makes decentralized identifiers possible, how decentralized Identifiers and attestations enable decentralized identity, and types of attestations in decentralized identity, benefits, use cases, and uses of decentralized identity. I recommend this article for newbies and beginners who do not have any knowledge about DI.
  2. Understanding Decentralized IDs by Adam Powers — I particularly bookmarked this article, because it is one I’d love to reference at some point. The writer wrote an unbiased perspective of DIDs and went ahead to explain some of the technical aspects of the topic, as well as the actors in the DID ecosystem.
  3. Decentralized Identity using Blockchain by Venture Beat — One of the most concise articles I’ve read on DIDs. This article covers what a DID is, how decentralized identity works with blockchain, how to authenticate using a DI, what happens when a DI procedure is fully adopted, and of course, it outlined some of the benefits of using blockchain with decentralized identity.
  4. A beginner’s guide to decentralized Identifiers by Veramo — This is a must-read for newbies, not just because I wrote it (of course, that’s a factor), but because it was written from a newbie’s perspective. The article starts with the problem and moves to exploring what DIDs are, including the definitions of some of the keywords you’re most likely to encounter while you learn.
  5. FAQ by the Decentralized Identity Foundation (DIF) — DIF compiled answers to most of the frequently asked questions on DID, in this document. It’s quite a lengthy resource to consume, but I recommend going through it, when you have at least, read one or two of the articles I’ve listed above.

Videos

  1. Building a trustless and portable identity and reputation system using DIDs by RabbitHole: This was an amazing interview with Evin McMullen. Evin is the co-founder of Disco, a company working to bring decentralized identifiers to the web3 party. Evin explains how all of this data comes together to create our digital identities and reputations and explains how we can better organize and use the data that we choose to put on-chain. Evin talks about what types of information should and shouldn’t be put on-chain, and how a more robust reputation system can help us solve more interesting coordination problems. She also dives deep into decentralized identifiers and the important role they can play in aggregating the many names, accounts, and wallet addresses we use on a daily basis.
  2. The evolution of Identity by Michael Sena: This was a speech delivered by Michael, co-founder of 3box labs, and co-creator of Ceramic network, at the ETH Denver conference. In this video, he talked about identity, authentication, server-based identity (web2), crypto-based identity (web3), and more.

Communities

  1. Veramo: A community of developers contributing to building a framework for verifiable data for applications
  2. W3C credential community group: A group with the mission of exploring the creation, storage, presentation, verification, and user control of credentials.
  3. Identity Foundation — A community developing the foundational components of an open, standards-based, decentralized identity ecosystem for people, organizations, apps, and devices.

Conclusion

This list is not exhaustive in any way, and a google search “Introduction to Decentralized Identity” will pop up a series of articles and videos that can help you get started. However, these resources shared in this article helped me greatly, and some of them were recommended by my colleagues (Shout out to Mircea, and Simon), who have been in the ecosystem for much longer than I have, and I wanted to share them with you all.

I hope you find these resources useful.

Learn about DIDs with me

This article is part of the DID monthly series, where I write articles that will enable anyone new to the Decentralized Identity ecosystem to learn the basics of DIDs. Stay up to date on the latest additions to this series by following us on Medium or Twitter.

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