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High-level information about the new protocol
This specification defines an interactive data graph where actors in the form of researchers, data stewards, reviewers, metadata curators, et cetera, freely collaborate in maintaining the scientific record. Given some base properties of the underlying implementation, the goal is to join forces in weaving the permanent fabric of our collective scientific progress. Every thread of which is deterministically resolvable and its existence independent of any one individual person or organization. The network collectively contributes to safekeeping of our accumulated scientific knowledge.
Anyone can create user-facing applications for interfacing with this open data network, which is only defining the rules of interaction. Such an application is called a gateway, and fills the role of user-facing, application-specific interaction with the underlying graph.
We strive for decentralization and diversity in gateways, data pinning, HTTP resolvers, analytics services, scientific collaboration platforms, et cetera. This will ultimately enable us to maximize accessibility, mitigate censorship, guarantee data integrity, reduce operating costs, guarantee long-term preservation, increase democratic participation, reduce gatekeeping, achieve radical transparency, and empower individual researchers.

A note on ongoing work

You are reading an early version of the protocol specification, and things will likely change with insights gained from continuous development. Some models don't necessarily capture everything that might be necessary, some things are purposefully simplified to make it easy to reason about semantics, and some properties are simply left out to avoid premature over-engineering. These are simple to add after initial kinks are ironed out.
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