Index.as is a Web3 native, no-code, organizational and content curation tool taking aim at the content discovery space. It offers creators, curators, and topical experts the ability to create their own search ecosystems and independently control the value of their curation. The Index team chose to build on Ceramic's new decentralized graph database, ComposeDB, because of its ability to facilitate decentralization and support interoperable ownership and discovery.
Index.as is building tools to enable context-based discovery to become as powerful as social discovery. Platform-controlled content distribution purposefully inhibits cross-platform discovery and seeks to capture and hold hostage user attention. This limits users’ ability to discover engaging, interesting information outside of these silos, trapping them with the same or irrelevant content instead of revealing corners of the internet that pique curiosity and delight. Additionally, these businesses wrest value away from creators, concentrating power at the distribution layer. To solve these problems, Index.as set out to build a tool that helps builders, creators, and communities connect atomized information without creating another walled garden—opening vast opportunities for authentic content playgrounds.
How it Works
Data ownership, signing and authorization via DIDs and interoperability with shared schemas offered Index.as a reliable framework to build on top of. Indexes are schemas that represent context and become curated maps based on users’ tastes and motivations. They act as niche, topic-based search engines that are both searchable and filterable. For example, product curations are automatically sortable by price, brand, or event, and can be filtered by date, location, and other relevant criteria.
Additionally, it allows the product to index data from specified models such as profiles, indexes, and links and makes it easy to define one-to-many relations between documents. Every new element in an index (e.g., a product, video, or article) can be related to the Index document, creating a complete and interoperable graph.
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Composability in Action
Index.as’s partners are collaborating on developing and reusing data models on ComposeDB (Ceramic's composable graph database) for a variety of use cases. Veeo is focused on an interoperable web annotation model to support knowledge mapping. Csensemakers.com is leveraging the aforementioned index schema to enable decentralized curation of scientific research.
Developers can access a wealth of data simply by reusing established models, all while keeping ownership, access and authorization in the hands of users. Veeo and Csensemakers are bypassing the time and resources required to build and maintain siloed data structures by collaborating across models built in ComposeDB on Ceramic, and are speed-running the process of building network effects by automatically populating their dApps with network data.
Index.as is excited to continue development, first with multi-user curation and role-based access control via NFTs enabled by Lit Actions and subsequently with private indexes, incentivizing creators and curators to invest in developing experiences meeting the unique interests, tastes, and needs of their communities.
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