US3R Network: Build Interoperable and Composable Applications With Ceramic

How US3R Network is empowering developers to build decentralized applications with Ceramic.

US3R Network: Build Interoperable and Composable Applications With Ceramic

US3R Network is a revolutionary development platform and dApps ecosystem that empowers developers to build with composable data using Ceramic. It offers an integrated suite of toolkits including US3R dApps Profile, US3R Data Explorer and US3R dApps Developer Console—enabling developers to harness the power of Ceramic's dynamic and composable data layer for decentralized storage. By leveraging Ceramic, US3R Network enables the easy creation of applications with interoperable and composable data that lives on IPFS (InterPlanetary File System).

The Story of US3R Network

The current state of the web is centralized and controlled by a few large companies. These companies have a monopoly on our data and our identities. They can use our data to track us, target us with ads, and even sell our data to third parties. The current state of the web is not interoperable because user data remains in silos, we’re unable to share our data and interact with each other across different platforms.

US3R leverages the network effect, a principle that the team says is often exploited by applications such as Google and Facebook through user accounts or logins. These Web2 applications harness the network effect to attract users and extract value from their interactions.

However, unlike these traditional models, US3R Network incorporates Web3 protocols, which offer users more control by virtue of their accounts being keypairs that the users themselves control. Despite the added control, Web3 protocols also necessitate a different infrastructure to support UI/UX at the protocol layer. This allows users to interact with the protocol via a universal third-party client, removing the reliance on the official dApps. The US3R Network fulfills this need for offchain data, taking inspiration from tools like Metamask and Etherscan.

US3R Network created U3, a platform-less utility tool designed specifically for managing self-sovereign data and applications. This opens up a new avenue of possibilities, allowing users to gain control over their data. Additionally, US3R Network offers S3, a development platform that enables developers to build dApps utilizing self-sovereign data. This combined suite of tools and platforms makes US3R Network an innovative solution for users and developers alike to gain control of their data and identities.

US3R Network is built on three core components:

  • U3 is a decentralized identity wallet that allows users to store their data and credentials on the blockchain. U3 is interoperable with other blockchains, so users can take their data with them wherever they go. U3 is built on the Ethereum blockchain and uses the EIP-4337 standard for decentralized identities.
  • S3 is a decentralized data layer that makes it easy to share and manage data across different applications. S3 is built on Ceramic, a scalable and secure data storage platform.
  • 3R is a decentralized social layer that allows users to connect with friends and colleagues across different social networks. 3R is built on ActivityPub, an open protocol for federated social networking. ActivityPub allows users to own their data and control how it is shared.

US3R Network is still under development, but it has the potential to revolutionize the way we interact with the web. By giving users control of their data and identities, US3R Network can make the web more interoperable, and user-centric.

How US3R Network Built With Ceramic

“The scope of Web3 was primarily focused on DeFi, with little room for non-financial applications,” the US3R team says. “It was a limiting factor, hindering 99% of non-financial use cases from being developed. Ceramic, however, brings about a paradigm shift, enabling the development of applications that extend beyond finance.”

Before adopting Ceramic, US3R S3 faced the challenge of supporting interactive dApps with dynamic and structured data. Traditional blockchains and storage solutions like IPFS, Arweave, and BNB GreedField were either too slow or lacked support for structured and dynamic data. Recognizing the need for a more powerful data infrastructure, US3R Network sought a solution that would enable them to build decentralized applications without sacrificing interoperability.

The decision to partner with Ceramic was driven by the recognition of Ceramic's innovative approach to data storage and its strong alignment with US3R Network's goals, the team says. Ceramic's ability to support mutable data and composable data stood out as a game-changer for US3R Network's development ecosystem. By leveraging Ceramic's technology and toolkits, US3R Network could offer developers the flexibility and capabilities required to build purely decentralized and interoperable dApps.

Integrating Ceramic into their development platform and ecosystem S3, US3R Network unlocked a new realm of possibilities. The seamless integration of S3 Data Explorer, and S3 Developer Console empowered developers to interact with mutable data and leverage composable data structures. These features provided developers with the necessary tools to efficiently build interactive dApps with dynamic and structured data.

S3 Data Explorer is crucial for the interoperability and composability of decentralized data on Ceramic because it provides a way to understand the structure and semantics of data. This is essential for building applications that can use data from different sources and combine it in new ways. More specifically, S3 Data Explorer can be used to:

Discover data. Data and data model explorers can be used to discover data that is available on the Ceramic network. This can be helpful for developers who are looking for data to use in their applications.

Understand the structure of data. Data and data model explorers can be used to understand the structure of data. This can be helpful for developers who want to know how to use data in their applications.

Learn about the semantics of data. Data and data model explorers can be used to learn about the semantics of data. This can be helpful for developers who want to know what data means.

S3 Developer Console is another important building block created by US3R. A visual developer Integrated Development Environment (IDE) is a game-changer when it comes to improving the developer experience. With the ability to visualize data models, developers can comprehend and manipulate data structures more intuitively, enhancing their understanding and productivity. An embedded GraphQL query playground offers an interactive platform to readily test and debug existing models, simplifying the development process. These combined features facilitate the creation of applications built on decentralized data.

By enabling a seamless and efficient developmental process, a visual IDE significantly encourages the growth of a dApp ecosystem, where users have full control over their data. This control not only fosters trust in the digital landscape but also opens up opportunities for innovative applications that respect user autonomy and privacy.

The Results

Integrating with Ceramic yields significant results for US3R Network. Here are two key success metrics that demonstrate the impact of Ceramic on their development ecosystem:

Increased Development Efficiency

Before Ceramic, developers within the US3R Network ecosystem faced challenges when working with dynamic and structured data. The integration of Ceramic's technology simplified the development process and improved efficiency. Developers are able to leverage Ceramic's data model marketplace, IDE for editing and deploying data models, and powerful querying capabilities, resulting in a substantial reduction in development time and effort. The streamlined workflow and comprehensive toolkits provided by Ceramic empower developers to focus on building innovative dApps.

Enhanced Interoperability

Interoperability is a critical aspect of decentralized applications, allowing users and applications to seamlessly interact and share data across different platforms. With Ceramic as a foundational layer, US3R Network achieves enhanced interoperability within its ecosystem. By leveraging Ceramic's dynamic and composable data layer, developers are able to create applications that seamlessly communicate and share data with other applications and protocols. This interoperability opens up new possibilities for collaborative and integrated user experiences, enabling the development of truly decentralized and interconnected applications. One such instance is CIP-142, an interoperable and composable data model for social links aggregators, co-authored by US3R and ChainFeeds.

Join the Paradigm Shift!

Are you a developer or strategic partner looking to unlock the full potential of decentralized storage and data interoperability? Explore the power of Ceramic and join the US3R Network ecosystem today. Experience the benefits of working with interoperable and composable data, and leverage the integrated toolkits provided by US3R Network to build innovative and decentralized applications:

Reach out to our team at '' to learn more about how Ceramic and US3R Network can revolutionize your development process and unlock new opportunities for your project. Together, we can pave the way for a truly interconnected and interoperable web.