The word “inscribe” comes from the Latin to scribe or scratch into something in order to create a record of the resulting information. In our digital age information can seem impermanent, ephemeral or fleeting however permanent and unchangeable (immutable) inscriptions are still possible thanks to the use of one way cryptographic algorithms and the invention of decentralised append only databases. A good description of a one way hash function can be found here and a useful analysis of recent implementations of these cryptographic functions to create decentralised append only databases can be found here with citation information here.
Each inscription panel is intended to be a collaborative hub for the development, refinement and improvement of a specific record. Each inscription panel is intended to correspond to one specific record however many versions of that record can be created and brought together within the inscription panel. In other words each inscription panel corresponds to one record, however, many, potentially thousands, of different versions of that record can be created.
Anyone can create an inscription panel for any subject they wish. The creator, and therefore owner, of the inscription panel can create as many new versions of the record as they wish, or delete older versions, however no one is able alter a version of a record once it has been created.
Every version of a record has its own Content Identifier (CID), which can be used to:
- Cryptographically verify the content of the record.
- Access that specific version of the record from any synchronised IPFS node or participating IPFS gateway.
- Allow that specific version of the record to be copied onto any IPFS node by anyone with suitable hardware and a suitable connection to the internet.