IBM, Hacera creates "yellow pages" distributed by blockchain networks


IBM has partnered with the enterprise blockchain company Hacera to launch a directory similar to that of the yellow pages to facilitate blockchain participation around the world to interested companies.

Jerry Cuomo, vice president of IBM Blockchain, wrote in a post on Thursday that the directory – called Unbounded Registry – is now active and running and aggregates a list of decentralized platforms created on various blockchain networks.

The goal, as explained by Cuomo, is to have an information hub that can inform companies that are trying to adopt blockchain what options are available and how they can participate in projects, especially those created on private networks that are by invitation only.

Currently listed in the register are efforts launched by both startups and major technology giants such as IBM, Huawei, Oracle, SAP and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority.

For each project, the log provides a brief explanation and a list of recent news. It also offers a channel – after a registration process – for interested parties to send messages directly to their teams.

Based on Linux Foundation's Hyperledger Fabric 1.0, Unbounded Registry is an open source application that allows blockchain projects to record their information in a distributed way.

Cuomo added that the register also interacts with the main blockchain platforms, so far included Hyperledger Fabric, R3 Corda, Quorum EEA and Stellar.

Explaining the reasons for the directory, he wrote:

"We realized from the beginning that you can not make blockchain yourself: you need a vibrant community and an ecosystem of innovators who share the same vision for to help transform the way companies conduct business in the global economy. "

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