Since we got questions through private channels, Thierry and me would like to bring some further explanation about Talao with Blockcerts.
At the moment, Talao does not have any partnership / joint project with MIT, Blockcerts or Learningmachine. Thank you guys, for the awesome work you’ve done and for releasing it!!!
At Talao, we are fully building stuff on the Blockcerts standard as an essential brick of our suite. We are currently using Blockcerts’ tool (https://github.com/blockchain-certificates/cert-issuer) to sign certificates that fit Talao’s business. We built and are still extending our own not-released tools to generate our custom Blockcerts compliant unsigned certificates. We did create, are building, releasing and maintaining in opensource our own tool to display and verify Blockcerts certificates (https://github.com/guix77/react-blockcerts). We certainly love very much the Blockcerts mobile app and hope that when we finally get to production, an update would have been pushed to the mobile stores to allow verification of certificates issued on Ethereum.
In one sentence: we create certificates with our not-released tool, we sign them with Cert-issuer, we display and verify them with our opensource released react-blockcerts, we use the Blockcerts mobile app and we have solid soon upcoming stuff.
Busy people: you can stop reading. Now details!
Certificates creation React app
We built a very simple React app that currently generates all the (unsigned) certificates that you can see on Talao if you are one of our testers or on https://guix77.github.io/react-blockcerts/ for everybody. Data is stored in the web browser local storage. It mimics a workflow from the Recipient to the Issuer (it could be changed and factorized into a general interest workflow, for now it’s customized for Talao’s business) and finally generates Blockcerts certificates with custom fields, with a custom display (displayHtml).
At Talao this was only a start months ago. Now we are full steam working on our upcoming product which is an hybrid decentralized/centralized suite. This suite - internal code name Bird, I personally call it Hybrid Bird - integrates : Ethereum blockchain smart contracts, centralized Node.js + MySQL back-end and 2 React front-ends. The features of the simple React app to generate certificates is getting integrated and evolving into a part of the Talao suite as a workflow of certificates creation between Talao Talents and Talao Clients.
Obviously, we do not plan to release our whole code which a crucial part of Talao’s business. Obviously too, we do not have any direct interest in re-factorizing our simple Blockcerts generator app, since we are totally integrating and improving it in our suite.
But if someone with credible intentions and dev resources steps up to have a look at our code with the intention to factorize it towards Blockcerts standard success, then we would be happy to help, given a reasonable amount of dev time investment for us, to turn this into an opensource project.
Yup, this code can be opened, and could be right now, but it would make sense only if someone serious steps up. We cannot allocate time for casual requests, please understand it. Anyways, this famous app we developed is only really basic forms and JSON generation, which any dev can code easily.
Certificates signing with Metamask
Certificates view & verification React component
In June we released the react-blockcerts component, here is the topic on Blockcerts community : React.js component to display and verify a BlockCerts certificate
It’s quite stable now, but still evolving to fit at Talao business, and should get a performance/stability release in a few days.
Thanks for reading!!!