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Disco Architecture

How does it work?

Disco makes use of many technologies, frameworks, and services in order to let users create and use data backpacks. A lot of architecture surrounds the decentralized identifiers (DIDs) and verifiable credentials (VCs) which compose data backpacks.

Here is a summary of the major components of Disco’s architecture:


Disco's architecture can be broken up into four key components: A Frontend, Backend, Data Storage, and Wallet.

The frontend layer is responsible for

  • Guiding you through the creation of a data backpack.
  • Connecting your wallet to your DID through MetaMask.
  • Allowing you to update your Disco profile information.
  • Allowing you to send and receive Verifiable credentials and update the visibility of your Verifiable credentials.
  • Containing JSON Schemas that define verifiable credentials.

The backend layer is responsible for:

  • Serving as the data interface layer for mappings of profile data and verifiable credential data.
  • Containing Disco’s API which allows you to pull user data.
  • Containing cross-platform libraries and components used throughout Disco.

The data storage layer is responsible for:

  • Storing and manages users’ DIDs and linked account information in a SQL database.
  • Fetching credential and profile data from a decentralized network via users’ DIDs.

The wallet is responsible for:

  • Signing in with Ethereum! (Metamask recommended)
  • Allowing Disco to create (if it doesn't exist) and access your DID and associate it with your profile.
  • Signing messages(credentials, account linkages) using your public-private keypair.