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Theme fund: NGI0 Entrust
Start: 2023-06
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Software metadata

Decentralized, federated metadata about software applications

Modern software systems (and the organizations building and using them) rely on reusing free and open source software (FOSS), which requires quality metadata. Existing FOSS metadata databases are centralized and "too big to share" with locked metadata behind gated APIs promoting lock-in and prohibiting privacy-preserving offline usage.

FederatedCode is a new decentralized and federated system for FOSS metadata, enabling social review and sharing of curated metadata along with air-gapped, local usage to preserve privacy and confidentiality. FederatedCode's distributed metadata collection process includes metadata crawling, curation and sharing, and its application to open source software package origin, license and vulnerabilities. The project strives to implement the concepts outlined in "Federated and decentralized metadata system" (Ombredanne 2023).

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This project was funded through the NGI0 Entrust Fund, a fund established by NLnet with financial support from the European Commission's Next Generation Internet programme, under the aegis of DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology under grant agreement No 101069594.