Who needs permanent data?

The uses for data permanence are going to explode as it becomes more widely known. 

In these early days there are already multiple types of uses for permanent data. 

Let’s take a closer look at how individual, organizations, and developers are benefited by permanent data.

Individuals have used permanent data for:

  • Family history – music, photos, documents
  • Digital art (NFTs)
  • Old movies
  • Books in the public domain
  • Important documents that need to be kept for multiple years (taxes, wills, insurance)
  • Podcasts
  • Blogs

I can no longer watch even a simple spy movie without thinking whether they have archived their spy database in a private drive on ArDrive, and whether that would have kept it from being stolen by Bad Men, LLC. And I can’t listen to a lecture without wondering whether the speaker’s writing has already been properly ArDrived or if he’s risking waiting until he’s done, or (gasp) is he just putting it in iCloud?? Surely not! – Max, ArDrive User

Businesses have used permanent data for:

From a business, organizational or cultural side the number of use cases for permanent data seems to be infinite. A few that stand out are:

  • Permanent storage for other blockchain technologies
  • Legal documents (like Supreme court records)
  • Government data such as Land Titles or Records
  • Architectural Drawings
  • Academic Papers and Research 
  • Newspaper and blog articles
  • Financial Ledgers
  • Tax records 
  • AI data lakes for consistent and reliable data sets 

“If you can store permanent data and have all your records kept forever. If the IRS comes along you can say “Here it is,” and not worry about lost data or emails.”  – Myna Accountanting 

Developers and the advantage of working with permanent data

  • Tamper-proof – With immutable data the integrity of the data set will always be intact  
  • Fault-tolerant – No worries about how the system will operate. Permanent data works without interruption or changing terms of service.
  • Paid for – the data is open source and easy to be accessed and used in any best fit scenarios 

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5 interesting things stored permanently on the Arweave network:

  1. Tim Berners-Lee World Wide Web Source Code
  2. The Orbs project by electronic musician BT
  3. Jay-Z’s first NFT
  4. The last issue of Hong Kong pro-democracy magazine Apple Daily
  5. Pulsar 79 – First ever video game fully on the blockchain (or blockweave)

See many more user stories on who is using ArDrive to leverage the power of permanence

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