The following are the highlights from this past quarter:
- The Aries projects that have a dependency on the Indy SDK are making a concerted effort towards moving off of that and onto the "Shared Components" – Aries Askar (secure storage and key management), anoncreds-rs, or its predecessor – indy-shared-rs (AnonCreds implementation) and Indy VDR (integration with Indy Node).
- Discussions began on Aries Interop Profile (AIP) v3.0, which extend AIP 2.0 to be based on DIDComm V2.
- Improvements in the ACA-Py pipelines for producing both artifacts supporting multiple versions of Python and container images with Python and ACA-Py included.
- Looking to see if there are tools available to Hyperledger projects for container vulnerability scanning.
- Important releases from the AFJ team to enable AIP 2.0 support for W3C Format verifiable credential using LD-Signature and BBS+ Signature for JSON-LD and DIF's presentation exchange.
- Lots of work in Aries VCX in moving to AIP 2.0 and moving away from an Indy SDK basis.
- Continued good progress was made in the community on the use of Overlays Capture Architecture (OCA) to power the on-screen display of credentials, as mentioned in the previous report. An Aries RFC has been proposed and gone through a couple of iterations, with good feedback – OCA for Aries RFC PR, OCA for Aries RFC (proposed) and OCA for Aries Style Guide (proposed).
- OCA allows a credential issuer to define the semantics of credential attributes, such as language translations for credential attribute labels and help text, what attributes contain personally identifiable information (PII), the data type and encoding of attributes, and the onscreen layout of credentials, including support for issuer icons and background images that can make a digital credential look like a physical credential.
- Continued progress on Aries Bifold, with support for OCA added, a number of iterations on the functionality, and a substantial build out on the Aries Mobile Test Harness.
- Attendance at the regular communities meetings is high across the board.
There continues to be lots of delivered, verified code and increases in participation and use of Aries.
The Indy/Aries stack continues to be the global leader in SSI/verifiable data solutions, with AnonCreds the most used credential format.
Questions/Issues for the TSC
The following Aries releases occurred in the last quarter:
- Aries Cloud Agent Python – 0.7.5-rc0, 0.7.5-rc1, 0.7.5, 1.0.0-rc1
- Aries Askar
- Aries VCX Releases 0.43.0, 0.44.0, 0.45.0, 0.46.0, 0.47.0, 0.48.0, 0.49.0, 0.50.0
- Aries Framework Go
Interoperability status can be seen here: https://aries-interop.info.
Overall Activity in the Past Quarter
Per the Aries Activity Dashboard for the fourth quarter of 2022 (October-December), Aries codebases had 397 PRs (down slightly) from 67 contributors (down slightly).
Community participation is extremely active in Discord channels, community calls, and repo PR reviews and issues. Email lists are less frequently used.
- Aggressive work on eliminating the use of the Indy SDK in favor of the Aries Askar/Indy VDR/anoncreds-rs.
- Expanding features in mobile wallet apps, including adding support for OCA to enable beautifully displayed credentials.
- Work on ledger agnostic AnonCreds support in Aries Frameworks and the standardization of AnonCreds.
- Work on Overlays Capture Architecture (OCA) published by issuers.
Aries is a multi-codebase effort, and each codebase has its own set of maintainers. The diversity of maintainers closely matches contributors, with notes below. Cross framework collaboration continues to increase through the replacement of the Indy SDK/use of the Shared Components, and in the work on ledger agnostic AnonCreds.
In addition to the code contribution statistics (above), here are a few indicators of our current diversity:
- We hold community calls each Wednesday at 7am Pacific to cover (the mostly) US and European contributors.
- Call attendance for each is typically in the 20-25 range, up somewhat lately.
- Cross codebase interoperability efforts indicate cross-organization cooperation.
- ✅ Arnaud J Le Hors
- 🔲 Arun S M
- ✅ Bobbi Muscara
- 🔲 David Enyeart
- ✅ Jim Zhang
- ✅ Marcus Brandenburger
- ✅ Peter Somogyvari
- 🔲 Stephen Curran
- 🔲 Timo Glastra
- ✅ Tracy Kuhrt
- ✅ Ramakrishna V
Stephen Curran – It's great to see all of the great activity happening around Aries. The Hyperledger marketing team is planning to do a push around identity in Q3 and the focus for the quarter will be #HyperledgerIdentity. If you'd like to have anything related to Aries, AnonCreds or Indy be a part of that, let us know and we're happy to help. It could be good to time some developer focused activities, such as workshops, during that quarter since there will be increased attention on our channels about these projects.
Jan 25, 2023 15:47
Sounds good. I’ll consult with the community on this. I’m on vacay this week, but perhaps we can have a chat about the steps/models to follow in the next week or so to go over this.
Jan 31, 2023 15:34
Arnaud J Le Hors
This ought to be 2023 Q1, right?
Jan 26, 2023 14:00
Arnaud J Le Hors
I fixed the title and moved the page to the right section.
Jan 26, 2023 14:08
I believe the "Overall Activity in the Past Quarter" and "Submission date" sections are not updated correctly.
Jan 26, 2023 14:53
I noticed that too. The link to insight dashboard is still pointing to the 3rd quarter date range, which should've been Oct-Dec.
Jan 26, 2023 14:59
Sorry about the date misses – the Linux Insights overall activity dates have been corrected. The submission date is a macro.
Jan 26, 2023 17:11