DKG Asset graphs

The new core primitive of the OriginTrail DKG v6
From v6 of OriginTrail a new core primitive in the system has been introduced - DKG asset graphs, which enable further applications of the OriginTrail DKG.

DKG assets

Formally defined, a DKG asset graph is unique digital asset, representing a real-world asset so that it:
  • has a unique identifier - UAI/UAL, referring to the
  • semantic state representation of the real-world asset, associated with
  • has state verifiability proofs,
  • has ownership record (optional)
  • has associated token pools (optional)
This means that for any asset (e.g. a physical product with a data carrier such as a barcode or RFID, a digital document such as a certificate, or a Web3 asset such as an NFT) an associated DKG Asset graph can be created, indexed and queried for on the network. OriginTrail v6 allows all these assets to become Web3 ready and makes them easily discoverable, verifiable and valuable.
An asset graph has therefore a verifiable state, in the form of an RDF graph, identifiable and resolvable by its UAI, which is maintained on the DKG replicated across the network. Each asset state is represented by an assertion.

DKG Assertions

Creating and updating asset states on the network involves publishing verifiable graph assertions. Assertions are based on Verifiable Credentials and their structure consists of:
  • a unique assertionID
  • assertion metadata - containing indexing information, such as issuer address, timestamps etc
  • assertion data (asset state) - containing the user provided input data
The verifiability of assertions ensured by storing two cryptographic proofs on a blockchain:
  • a data hash, which is used as the assertionID, calculated as a hash of the assertion content
  • a root hash graph Merkle proof, allowing the construction of Merkle proofs, verifying a specific triple being contained in a particular assertion
So in dev lingo, a DKG asset is analogous to a Git repo/branch, and an assertion is similar to a Git commit.


Universal Asset Identifiers/Locators are novel primitives being introduced in the DKG v6, similar to URI/URL scheme on the Web2. UAIs/UALs are based on the standardized URI/URL scheme, incorporating the design ideas and recommendations from W3C Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs) .
Using a UAL, any application can resolve a specific asset state graph fragment in the DKG, similar to standard URL resolution.
// standard URL
scheme ":" ["//" authority] path ["?" query] ["#" fragment]
dkg: [// DID] / UAI ["?" query] ["#" fragment]
*The UAI/UAL implementation is currently in development.
To see the DKG assets in action, continue to the DKG SDK section