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Proposed Group: Blockchain Naming System Community Group

The Blockchain Naming System Community Group has been proposed by Frank Corsi:

Explore blockchain based naming system used to name wallets and other objects stored in blockchains, such as non-fungible tokens.

Blockchain elements are referred to by a long hexadecimal string. Just like IPv6 addresses, those are hard to remember. Creating human-friendly names that resolve to those strings was deemed an important step for the early adoption of blockchain technologies. Early blockchain developers did not develop DNS extensions for that purpose. They created entirely new alternative naming systems based on the particular blockchain they were working on.
We are exploring all options for a unified web based solution to the problem.

You are invited to support the creation of this group. Once the group has a total of five supporters, it will be launched and people can join to begin work. In order to support the group, you will need a W3C account.

Once launched, the group will no longer be listed as “proposed”; it will be in the list of current groups.

If you believe that there is an issue with this group that requires the attention of the W3C staff, please send us email on

Thank you,
W3C Community Development Team

2 Responses to Proposed Group: Blockchain Naming System Community Group

  • Leonard Rosenthol

    Would it not be better to generalize this out to Distributed Ledgers (DLT) instead of the specific use case of Blockchains?

    Also, a related problem is that of a “URL” to an item on a DLT. Does this group also think they will pick that task up as well?


  • Generalization to Distributed Ledgers (DLT) might not work, because DLTs already have a very broad scope. Therefore, the focus on the case in this proposal allows for a clear and specific use case to be addressed, whereas a broader approach to DLTs may divert the attention away from the primary objectives of this proposed community group.

    I believe it is important to maintain a well-defined and targeted approach in order to achieve the desired outcomes effectively.


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