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Weeknotes: DIMO launch, New Data Paradigm discussion, & DePIN corner with Nodle

DIMO mainnet launch on Polygon + Tableland (ICYMI), bulk table Studio imports, reviewing our "New Data Paradigm" Twitter space, and a look into Nodle's smartphones as the edge.

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DIMO launch & importing Studio tables in bulk

by Dan Buchholz

ICYMI—DIMO officially launched on Polygon mainnet with Tableland!

Read more about the DIMO launch here, and you can see hundreds of tables they've created on behalf of their manufacturers here. It's truly open & collaborative data!

From this launch, we have a WIP feature that will be released in the future that lets you upload existing tables to the Studio in bulk quantity. One of the reasons we’re adding it is because DIMO has tons of tables. We’ve started to consider more UX improvements, particularly, related to DIMO’s use case where a project might have significantly more tables than the average use case (i.e., more than a handful).

One component we’re working on is enhancing the CLI to make this type of setup easier for anyone with a table factory-like design. The syntax will look something like this:

# Import from CSV file with headers: 'tableName', 'description', 'definitionName'
> studio import bulk path/to/csv/file 

Once executed, this will log the progress as each table from the CSV gets imported into your Studio project. Much easier than trying to do that one by one! But…if you did need to import one-off tables, the CLI has an existing command to perform this, and the UI has a few places where you can easily execute an import as well.

Since we're just wrapping up some of the initial revamps and kicking off that new work, be sure to let us know if there’s anything you’d like to add or change with how things work today.

The New Data Paradigm: Envisioning the Future of Decentralized Data

by Brian Hoffstein

Last Thursday, we hosted a discussion on "The New Data Paradigm." The session offered a comprehensive exploration of the evolving landscape of decentralized data technologies, featuring insights from pioneers in the field. Panelists shared their perspectives on interoperability, security innovations, and the transformative potential of decentralized storage solutions.

Jonathan Victor, Co-founder of Ansa Moderating the discussion, Jonathan Victor articulated the core values driving the shift towards decentralized technologies: "When I think about why this space is important, it's less so about purely just saying decentralization for the sake of it. It's really thinking about how we build applications that are more resilient than any individual cloud provider, any individual protocol, and more hopefully composable and interoperable.” His perspective highlighted the goals of this paradigm: to create robust, adaptable systems capable of withstanding the evolving technological landscapes.

Joshua Noble, Co-founder of Filebase Joshua Noble added on with the integration capacities for decentralized storage to enhance artificial intelligence, stressing the transformative implications for data management within this emerging arena of our collective landscape: "The future looks pretty bright on our side, and I think really for the future of IPFS as a whole, we've been having a lot of discussions with a number of AI communities and we're starting to see a lot of this data come online." He expanded on this dynamic intersection of AI and decentralized networks, alluding to the important path ahead for innovative solutions in data handling and accessibility.

David Whittington, Infrastructure Architect at PDS David Whittington shared his perspective on the potential for decentralized data to create more dynamic and interconnected data ecosystems: "Building up datasets by composing different data over time is very interesting because... over time, datasets can just refer to each other and you can have composite data sets." David continued on this thread, illustrating a future where data is not only more accessible but also more collaboratively utilized across various platforms and users.

Kanishk Khurana, Dev Rel Lead at Fleek Kanishk Khurana discussed challenges and solutions encountered by Fleek in managing web3 infrastructure, particularly in enhancing security: "We have about 100,000 websites already deployed and we've had our fair share of phishing and malicious users. We've sorted that out to be a very big problem. So we've implemented new security hashing compute solutions that we were able to build out to mitigate a lot of those problems." Kanishk’s example highlighted Fleek's commitment to providing robust, secure environments for developers in the evolving digital landscape.

Nandit Mehra, Founder of Lighthouse

Nandit Mehra described the upcoming transformations within Lighthouse aimed at enhancing decentralization: "From our side at Lighthouse, we are focusing on making the protocol permissionless in the coming quarters. This will involve transitioning all endowment pool contracts to the Filecoin Virtual Machine, which will be controlled by a DAO. Additionally, the roles of data bundling, aggregation, and access control will transition from our internal team to external community and ecosystem teams." His vision for Lighthouse highlights a shift towards a governance model that is open and driven by the community, fundamentally changing how data management and storage are handled within the platform.

Charting the Course for Decentralized Data Solutions

The panelists not only shared updates from their projects but also discussed the broader implications and aspirations for the impact of these technologies on the digital world. They delved into practical aspects of decentralized data systems, emphasizing the enhancement of data sovereignty, and improving accessibility and integration across various platforms.

Their insights underscore the critical need for scalable, secure, and interoperable data solutions that can support the next generation of digital applications. From boosting AI capabilities to fostering more resilient and inclusive data infrastructures, the potential for decentralized technologies to drive significant innovation is vast.

We extend our gratitude to Jonathan Victor for his expert moderation and to all the panelists for their enlightening contributions. You can listen to the whole conversation here.

For those eager to engage further in these topics, stay tuned for upcoming sessions and join our ongoing discussions on Twitter and Discord.

DePIN Corner: Nodle

by Marla Natoli

Nodle is a DePIN focussed on authenticating media content and location via their decentralized physical infrastructure network that requires only a smartphone to participate. The idea is to take advantage of the mass amounts of smartphones in the world and put them to work in new ways, turning them into Edge Nodes and rewarding users for performing work. These edge notes are able to read devices and sensors using Bluetooth, and Nodle connects this information to the blockchain. Read more about how Nodle works here.

Nodle is particularly interesting in their ability to connect the concept of DePIN to real-world use cases, having launched a number of products including their Click Camera App which has a goal to fight misinformation and make the creation of media verifiable. Seeing these use cases come to fruition is exciting, as this is exactly the type of use case we aim to help solve using Basin, our decentralized object storage solution. Nodle has recently taken steps to decentralize its data infrastructure by integrating Filecoin for decentralized storage, indicating a need for a decentralized infrastructure stack to power the next generation of verifiable information. Read more about how they’re using Filecoin here and get in touch if you’re looking for solutions related to verifiable and decentralized data.

Further reading

Below are some recent topics and articles that we found interesting and wanted to share with our readers!

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Want to dive deeper, ask questions, or just nerd out with us? Jump into our Telegram or Discord—including weekly research office hours or developer office hours. And if you’d like to discuss any of these topics in more detail, comment on the issue over in GitHub!

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