Indicio will upgrade Hyperledger Indy to support “did:indy” DID Method Specification, which will enable greater interoperability across Indy-based networks

By Trevor Butterworth

Indicio has won the  BC Gov “Code With Us” Challenge to develop the did:indy DID Method for the Hyperledger Indy project, the open source project housed at the Hyperledger Foundation that provides tools, libraries, and reusable components for providing digital identities rooted on blockchains or other distributed ledger.

The challenge has two goals. The first is to expand the types of content that can be written to DIDDocs, documents that instruct users on which ledger they need to find and read so that they can use verifiable credentials.

Second, the new method will align Hyperledger Indy with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Decentralized Identifier (DID) Specification. Most of Hyperledger Indy’s development occurred prior to the completion of the standard DID Specification by the W3C and, as a result, identifiers written to one network are currently not resolvable on other networks. A new did:indy DID Method will fix that and make it easier for decentralized identity products and services to interoperate across different Indy networks.

“Given the increasing use of Indy Networks, we are grateful to this </> Code With Us challenge and to BCGov for sponsoring this important contribution,” said Heather Dahl, CEO of Indicio. “As a company, we are committed to open-source development, and we applaud BCGov for its leadership in sponsoring critical development needs that will make interoperability easier and lead to increased adoption. We’re excited to work with BCGov on this—and it means a lot given that several of Indicio’s developers have been contributing to the Hyperledger Indy project since its inception.”

Winning the challenge comes as Indico is about to kick off a series of  Hyperledger Community Training Workshops in using the Hyperledger Aries codebases to design and develop decentralized identity solutions. Indicio has made training on all aspects of decentralized identity a key part of its mission and product offerings. Places on the free Hyperledger workshops filled rapidly, so keep an eye out for future events.

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