There is no Cardano/Prism open source identity/credential wallet providing secure and familiar backup/recovery/pluggable/encrypted storage.
RootsWallet beta will continue Fund7 open source development, adding identity/credential wallet storage backup/recovery features in Fund8.
This is the total amount allocated to RootsWallet beta - Backup/Recovery
Our mentor and author of the identity wallet chapter of the seminal Self Sovereign Identity book Darrell O'Donnell warns that identity wallet backup/recovery is fundamental to decentralized identity.
RootsWallet is an identity/credential wallet that started with funding in Fund7 to produce an alpha release. It is an mobile identity/credential wallet that serves several Cardano/Catalyst partner proposal use cases. Our partners are building grass roots identity programs in their communities. They need mobile/web identity/credential wallets that are secure, easy to use, and reliable.
For the Fund 8 beta release we will enhance the current wallet storage to include backup and recovery features so that users can use the wallet on multiple devices and to recover the wallet in case a device is lost or stolen.
This work will mostly be completed in the storage software of RootsWallet. And will follow the best practices laid out by the open source Hyperledger Aries wallet project which has defined proper storage/backup/recovery/encryption/etc
Aires distributed key management concepts
Identity/credential wallets are the primary access point for end users into Atala Prism and the decentralized identity ecosystem. The end-users are the customers for identity systems. RootsWallet is an open source identity wallet built to connect Cardano/Catalyst identity users to Atala Prism and the world of decentralized identity. RootsWallet gives users a secure place to own/control their digital identity. And will continue to build towards interoperability with the wider identity world by engaging with working groups in ToIP foundation, DIF, and Hyperledger Indy/Aries.
RootsWallet storage is essential to securely store/use/backup/recover their verifiable credentials, identity relationships and preferences. This proposal is foundational to serving our partner proposal customers. Our partners are working to expand the number of Cardano identity users. Without a well-developed wallet storage system, identity users will seek other platforms that have invested in their end user functionality and experience.
Our Catalyst Partners include:
DID for Cardano Indonesia Community
RootsWallet Presentation Exchange
Universal Resolver for did:prism
RootsWallet - support for sidetree
Cardano SSI standards contributors
Prism DIDs for Catalyst CA Process
Mentor-Mentee Bounties & eLearning
Hyperledger Prism Interoperability
The main risk/opportunity is the rapidly evolving identity ecosystem. Atala Prism is rapidly growing and we are closely working with them. It is a symbiotic relationship that requires attention and effort from both sides. We are building an amazing ecosystem together that is young with many unknowns for Cardano, Atala Prism, and RootsWallet to navigate.
Another risk is funding. At present we are 100% reliant on Catalyst funds. Identity wallets are a significant undertaking and we hope to ramp our development efforts significantly after Fund 7. We believe this project is worth much greater investment and so we have submitted multiple complementary Fund 8 proposals. We will continuously adjust our efforts based on the Catalyst community voting choices.
Our efforts have been encouraged by so many in the Catalyst, Atala Prism, and open source communities that we are confident that our successes and challenges will be worked through together.
These new storage features will be delivered in the 13 week period of Fund 8. All work will be included in the RootsWallet beta (Fund 8) release.
Click to see a timeline (also attached) of our current and planned RootsWallet features by Catalyst fund.
The budget was computed with a development rate of $100/hr. The team is composed of 1 core developer and 3 supporting developers with a peak velocity of 60 cumulative hours per week, and a mean velocity of ~25 cumulative hours per week for 330 total hours over 13 weeks.
Based on the effort estimated above, our budget is:
Total: 330 hours * $100/hr = $33,000
The RootsID development team includes several identity software specialists and community members who work together on RootsWallet and the surrounding identity ecosystem.
RootsID is mentored by the IOG Atala Prism Product Owner, Tony Rose and by Darrell O'Donnell who is the co-founder of the Trust over IP foundation and author of the identity wallet chapter of the seminal text titled Self-Sovereign Identity.
Lance Byrd of the RootsID team is a core contributor on the Fund 7 work for RootsWallet.
He completed the first cohort of the Atala Prism Pioneer program and is now in the Atala Prism Astronauts program.
He is a co-founder of RootsID, a group of decentralized identity specialists building open source software for digital identity. Several of their projects have been funded by Catalyst.
His background includes a BS in Computer Science (UMBC) and MS in Information Assurance (Capitol College) and more than 22 years of software development as a consultant. He has developed massive scale data analytics and visualizations, machine learning analysis pipelines, and worked with University researchers to bring their work to market. He has also built and taught technical certification courses for several different topics in data analysis, big data, and compliance.
This project is basically a software development project with three clear deliverables that will act as proofs of completion:
Additionally, this team adopts Agile methodology based on the tools provided by our Github repo. Besides progress reports, the advancement will be tracked by github issues, project views (like Kanban board) and commits. Intermediate progress will be reported as Sprint Burndown, a KPI metric that shows the progress in percentage of each development sprint.
Success is defined by RootsWallet users (our partner's users) being able to backup, restore, and move their identity wallet between devices. The process must be secure and the end user experience will be familiar.
This is a continuation of the RootsWallet alpha release from Catalyst Fund 7 which defined the original storage of the wallet.
This new proposal will add backup and recovery features to RootsWallet alpha storage, in order to produce RootsWallet beta (Fund 8 features).
We are grateful to be able to discuss and consider how our identity software might impact our grass roots users and their communities. By giving each individual control over their own cryptographically verifiable digital identity, we hope to empower their ability to choose to be remembered and/or forgotten in nuanced and fulfilling ways that improves every area of their life and community. We would especially like to see improvements in the following ways:
Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development
10.7 Facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people, including through the implementation of planned and well-managed migration policies
16.7 Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels
17.17 Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships
9.b Support domestic technology development, research and innovation in developing countries, including by ensuring a conducive policy environment for, inter alia, industrial diversification and value addition to commodities
Key Performance Indicator (KPI):
17.17.1 Amount in United States dollars committed to public-private partnerships for infrastructure
9.b.1 Proportion of medium and high-tech industry value added in total value added
16.7.2 Proportion of population who believe decision-making is inclusive and responsive, by sex, age, disability and population group
10.7.2 Number of countries with migration policies that facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people
RootsID is a group of Cardano/Prism/Identity specialists who are Atala Prism Astronauts and funded in Catalyst Fund7 (and previous funds) to build RootsWallet: the first open source identity/credential mobile wallet using Cardano's Atala Prism for Catalyst grass roots proposals.