There is no gainsaying that information rules the world, for information is simply knowledge and knowledge, they say, is power. Come to think of it, what can we do without information? Exactly! Information is everything we need to survive, and at the heart of that surviving factor (information) lies data. Everybody has got a need to put data together, to put them into use when the need arises and to keep every detail for future reference.
Of course, information has always been gathered several decades before now. But the reality of today has shown that things have changed drastically, new ideas have emerged and developments have taken place. One of such developments is the inclusion of additional data storage features as part of the blockchain. This is possible on NXT, Ardor and its child chains, such as Ignis, with the Data Cloud feature. Data that can be saved on the cloud range from data derived from the blockchain itself, to every other kind of data, including personal data.
The Ardor platform provides more information on this great feature. It states, “The Nxt Data Cloud is a decentralized data storage system. In addition to keeping a record of Nxt transactions, the Blockchain can also be used to store user-defined data. All forms of data can be uploaded to the Nxt Blockchain, providing a secure (and, if desired, permanent) method of storing, retrieving and publishing information.
“One of the most important features of data storage on the Blockchain is that the Nxt Blockchain is a permanent and immutable record that provides a tamper-proof time stamp. This allows for legal records (such as contracts) to be embedded in the Blockchain, with absolute certainty about the time at which they were created.”
The platform, while buttressing the encompassing nature of the Data Cloud gives instances of data that can be saved therein. It includes: use cases; land titles, vehicle registries, business license, business incorporation/dissolution records, business ownership records, regulatory records, criminal records, passports, birth certificates, death certificates, voter IDs, voting, health/safety inspections, building permits, Gun permits, Forensic evidence, court records, voting records, non-profit records, government/non-profit accounting/transparency.
It can as well be used to store private records; contracts, signatures, wills, trusts, escrows, and GPS trails (personal). It may also be used for other semi-public records; degree, certifications, learning outcomes, grades, HR records (salary, performance reviews, accomplishment), medical records, accounting records, business transaction records, genome data, GPS trails (institutional), delivery records, arbitration and so on.
Take a closer look at the sky and tell me what you see. Clouds within and around which lies the wonders and gateway to the constellations. Look deeper and we get into the imaginary world that is never the same in the eyes of every observer. When the team looks at the Blockchain and its unachieved and untamed possibilities, they see what others do not. They see endless use with the tendency to change the world.
The future is here. Blockchains are no longer as rigid as blocks for, with NXT/Ardor, we make them flexible enough to improve existing processes and solutions. So, if you haven’t started moving with the train, it’s time you do. It’s time you took control of the future. What’s more, it is high time you saved those pieces of information on the Cloud, and remained as confident as a bird in the sky.