Getting up to speed with "Self-sovereign identity" (SSI).

This page provides a quick and simple introduction to Self-Sovereign Identity, Sovrin itself, and Evernym’s toolkit for Sovrin. It takes you through the very high-level, through to instructions on how to get started. Please review the information below and let us know if there is anything else we can help you with.

A Quick Summary of Sovrin.

Identity

If you are able to trust who or what you are dealing with online, you can remove massive amounts of friction, improve user experience, and simplify processes.

Sovrin

Sovrin is a dedicated ledger for identity, and a protocol for establishing trust and securely exchanging verifiable data between parties, with no middle-man.

Prove It

Sovrin enables you to prove who (or what) you are to anyone or anything, peer-to-peer, using data that the other party can verify.

Check It

The receiving party can check who issued the data to you, that you haven’t changed it, that is was issued only to you and that it hasn’t been revoked by the issuer.

Introducing The Technology.

1st Gen. Solutions

Most 1st generation “identity-on-the-blockchain” solutions try to put too much on a blockchain, and tend to miss the downstream privacy (and safety) implications of throwing things on a blockchain.

Simplicity

Sovrin is more sophisticated than other “blockchain identity” solutions. It stores less on the ledger, and its elegance means that it can fulfill more use cases, more simply, with higher security and greater privacy.

The Ledger

This paper describes what goes on the Sovrin ledger, and what doesn’t.

DIDs

A core building block of Sovrin is decentralized identifiers (DIDs), a standard that Evernym created and has now been taken up by many organizations as part of the W3C.

Who makes Sovrin work?

Stewards

The Sovrin ledger is operated by Stewards. Each Steward runs a Sovrin Node.

Sovrin Trust Framework

Stewards are trusted organizations who abide by the Sovrin Trust Framework. Through the Trust Framework, the Stewards give authority to the Sovrin Foundation to administer the Framework on their behalf.

Using Sovrin

You don’t need to be a Steward to use Sovrin. Anyone can use it. The Stewards enable Sovrin to exist. Regardless of whether you are a Steward or not, the method of interacting with the Sovrin ledger remains the same.

How To Dive Into Sovrin Tech.

Nodes

A Sovrin node is an instance of the Hyperledger Indy codebase.

Hyperledger Indy

Hyperledger Indy is a global open source project. It is part of the Hyperledger initiative under the Linux Foundation.

Evernym & Indy

Evernym contributed the initial Indy codebase and continues to contribute innovative new features to that codebase.

LibIndy SDK

To interact with Sovrin, you use functions specified in the open source LibIndy SDK. This SDK is part of the main Hyperledger Indy codebase.

Creating a Test Network

You can create your own Sovrin test network and use it to try things out. This page is the main starting point from a technical perspective.

Test Network Help

The link in the previous step will direct you to the various repos, where you’ll find getting started guides to set up a Sovrin test network and create a credential exchange capability using the Indy SDK.

How Can I Get Started?

Evernym’s VCX Product

If you want to get going fast and start using Sovrin for real use cases, you can use Evernym’s commercial VCX product.

Evernym's VCX has a number of components:

  1. An enterprise “agent”.
  2. An enterprise SDK to make the agent do things.
  3. A simple enterprise UI if you don’t want to do back-end integration with the enterprise VCX.
  4. A consumer “agent”
  5. A consumer app which enables the consumer agent do things, store claims and keys, etc.

With the Evernym VCX ecosystem, agents talk to the ledger and talk to each other. We’ll be releasing VCX API information shortly. For more on Evernym’s current offering, visit our Product page.

Evernym’s Accelerator Program

Coming Soon
Evernym Accelerator Program

Our Accelerator Program is a members-only community of like-minded organizations, with special access to tools, content and experts, to help accelerate the adoption of Sovrin enabled solutions.

If interested, please contact us below.

More Questions?