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Theme fund: NGI0 Entrust
Start: 2023-12
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Manas

Rust modules for Solid clients and servers

Manas project aims to make Solid ubiquitous by creating an ecosystem with well-tested, reusable components in rust and js, with which one can assemble customized, feature rich Solid storage servers, clients, and applications, and digital-commons with data-sovereignty collaboration at the core.

Using rust, the servers could be run on low resource raspberry-pies to low latency serverless clouds, or as lightweight developer test servers. Can use custom storages from filesystem, object-stores, or consumer cloud storages like google-drive as backends. Support for WAC, ACP authorization systems, Solid-OIDC, HTTPSig authentication schemes, multi pod management, solid-notifications, etc will be provided as reusable layers. And the layered architecture enables adding customized validation, or any other custom features.

For clients, a rust client, and other helper crates will be developed for Solid protocol, Solid-notifications, etc, with probable bindings to other languages, that enables small CLIs, and other server-side/client side applications.

For the applications, a reusable crate will be created to package them as native applications using tauri, and Manas. This could make Solid an attractive storage api to code web & native apps with a single code base. It can be extended to offer sync solutions, native-first apps, etc in future.

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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.