Arweave Ecosystem Weekly Report #25: “Quit Your Games” Edition
The Russia/Ukraine crisis has the world talking, and archivists digging this week. Following rising tensions and a web of potential deceptions, and under the shadow of 100,000 Russian troops at the border, the Arweave ecosystem has been gathering and permanently storing documents that will help inform historians of the future.
Important work that secures our future can often be its own reward, as Arweave founder Sam Williams acknowledged this week, alongside a call to come and build innovative applications on top of Arweave.
An Arweaver today: I used to play video games, now my life is a video game.
Quit your job. Quit your games. Come help build the decentralized web with us.
— Sam Williams 🐘 (@samecwilliams) February 18, 2022
Let’s look at everything that’s going on in the Arweave ecosystem this week.
I. Arweave Network
5 new Open Web Foundry projects revealed in the third Community Spotlight
A fresh crop of Arweave ecosystem projects are being incubated as part of the sixth installment of Open Web Foundry. Watch to see pitches from 4EVERLAND, Blinds, Uniiku, Shareweave and Ubikom.
Zach Dinan shares in-depth Arweave investment thesis
In a long Twitter thread and post on Substack, investor Zach Dinan shared the bull case for the Arweave token and protocol.
Arweave is cheaper than centralized competitors (namely AMZN) and a cleaner, better aligned pricing model for the purpose of permanent storage vs. decentralized competitors
Quick thread with the highlights ->
— Zach Dinan (@zachdinan) February 17, 2022
II. Arweave Ecosystem
Hundreds of thousands of documents from the Ukraine/Russia conflict are archived on the permaweb
Following a $100k flash grant program announced by the Arweave core team, developer Andreas Pirela has built a JS tool to query NewsAPI.org and push each matching story to the permaweb.
These results can be found in PDF form as well. The reason why we decide to store #pdfs in the #permaweb with #Arweave is to ensure that #Historians can look at this information in a more descriptive way without worrying about #html or #css files that will disappear over time.
— Andres Pirela (@andreestech) February 17, 2022
Beyond Pirela’s work, Sam Williams confirmed that over 400,000 artifacts from the crisis have been stored on chain, and that Arweave block explorer ViewBlock has built a custom page to explore the uploads.
Collectively you are building a powerful, permanent record of this critical moment in world history. Thank you.
— Sam Williams 🐘 (@samecwilliams) February 17, 2022
Joining in the archiving efforts, Bundlr has built a way to rapidly archive relevant tweets and articles:
We've started archiving tweets and articles that contain information out of Ukraine+Russia at 10 TPS. We will continue to do so over the next couple of weeks
We must preserve our history in a permanent, accessible way@samecwilliams, we're excited to work on this with you!
— Bundlr Network (@BundlrNetwork) February 15, 2022
Arweave Team announces a collaborative Polygon hackathon
Following the Bundlr and Polygon integration announcement, which enabled users and applications to pay for Arweave storage in MATIC tokens, a general web3 dApp hackathon is now underway – again combining Bundlr and Polygon:
The application shall facilitate a bridge for users in Polygon to easily store data into Arweave, packaging them into bundles using a bundler from the bundlr.network app, and dispatching them to the Arweave network.
— Arweave Team (@ArweaveTeam) February 17, 2022
🪙There will be $15k in prizes awarded to the best apps!
— Bundlr Network (@BundlrNetwork) February 17, 2022
RSS3 debuts governance, integrates Avalanche
Following its first major token sale, which saw $RSS3 tokens make it into the hands of a wide group of people, RSS3 will undergo its debut DAO governance vote, with an NFT reward for participants. The team announced today on its Notion site how the tokens have been distributed and the voting weight each token type has.
Make sure to leave your RSS3Token or WhitePaper NFT in the wallet during the voting period and gain the genesis RSS3 avatar!
— RSS3 (@rss3_) February 18, 2022
Earlier this week, RSS3 announced content and data indexing for the Avalanche C-Chain, meaning NFTs and activity from AVAX dApps will now appear in a user’s profile feed.
We are excited to announce that as of today the RSS3 protocol and nodes are fully supporting the @avalancheavax network for content and data indexing. https://t.co/wzThM4bE3A pic.twitter.com/JORWREXPBf
— RSS3 (@rss3_) February 17, 2022
Pianty publishes a new round of quests with $PIA rewards
The second edition of the $PIAdventure launched this week, with new quests across the categories of Discord, social media, and content. Designed to encourage the community to get the word out widely about Pianity, the program follows the first successful round which saw over 100 people complete 500 quests and earn a combined 20,000 $PIA.
🔥 We just launched the 2nd edition of the $PIAdventure: Pound for Pound!
— Pianity 💎 (@pianitynft) February 17, 2022
Redstone launches SonAR SmartWeave explorer rebrand
RedStone’s SonAR is a way to dig into the activity around SmartWeave contracts and PSTs. Sometimes, it can be hard to stumble upon what’s hot in the ecosystem or get analytics on contract / token activity, but SonAR labels the major Arweave ecosystem contracts to make it easy to read and discover what’s getting used, and how.
1/ For all of you seeking for the best weaves on #Arweave. We are glad to announce a small rebranding of our SmartWeave explorer – SonAR has just landed!
— redstone.finance (@redstone_defi) February 14, 2022
Kwil moves to publish updates on their own social network, and launches a decentralized database
Decentralized social media tool Kwil (ex. Ecclesia) has made the team’s Kwil page public, allowing users to interact with the team without the need for centralized services like Twitter. The page will also be used as a way to collect bug bounty submissions.
The Kwil team has decided to make our own Kwil page public! 🥳🥳
Check it out at at https://t.co/96GUQXuBfg. Now, anyone from our community can come and interact with our team and track our day-to-day developments.
— Kwil (@Kwil_App) February 11, 2022
Just two days ago, Kwil founder Brennan Lamey announced that the custom SQL database that runs Kwil has been made general-purpose and open source. In a thread on Twitter, Lamey explained the database’s inner workings and shared a link to kwildb on npm.
Kwil DB allows for responsive, scalable, community owned decentralized SQL databases. Curious how it works, and how you can use it today?
— Brennan Lamey (@brennan_lamey) February 16, 2022
ArDrive now shows file and folder count in the info panel
ArDrive has just released a much-requested feature which makes it easier to know how many files and folders are in a drive.
There's something new in the info panel on ArDrive 👀
Now you can see how many folders & files make up your public & private Drives!
— ArDrive 🐘 (@ardriveapp) February 16, 2022
Solana data live on Dune Analytics
Dune users are now able to dig deep into on-chain data from Solana to build reports and dashboards. For example, an interesting dashboard has already been built comparing the NFT transaction activity across Metaplex, Solsea, Magic Eden, and other marketplaces.
— Solana (@solana) February 16, 2022
Wisdom Wizards are… hinting at something
Wisdom Wizards, a decentralized leaning management solution on Arweave, has posted a teaser that hints something big could be right around the corner.
— Wisdom Wizards (@wisdom_wizards) February 16, 2022
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