This library contains white papers, research materials and guides created by the Sovrin Foundation,
along with links to relevant third-party produced documentation

Sovrin Network: What Goes on the Ledger?

A white paper from Evernym in cooperation with the Sovrin Foundation. An overview of what is on the Sovrin Network distributed ledger and why.
September 2018.

Sovrin: A Protocol and Token for Self-Sovereign Identity and Decentralized Trust

A comprehensive, highly readable 40 page paper describing the complete Sovrin ecosystem, including the problems Sovrin is designed to solve; why it is designed to be a global public utility; how the overall architecture is designed for for resilience, privacy and scalability; the markets it is expected to impact; and the special role of the Sovrin token that will be introduced in 2018.
January 2018.

Sovrin Governance Framework (formerly the Sovrin Trust Framework)

The constitution of the Sovrin Network—specifies the business, legal, and technical policies governing Sovrin as a global public utility.
The Sovrin Governance Framework V2 is now in public review—see this page.
The original Sovrin Provisional Trust Framework was published on 28 Jun 2017.

Steward Agreement

The current agreement in force between the Sovrin Foundation and the trusted organizations operating validator nodes on the Sovrin network.
The new Sovrin Steward Agreement is now in public review—see this page.
The current Sovrin Steward Agreement was published on 28 Jun 2017.

Sovrin Glossary

Defines 248 terms used in self-sovereign identity infrastructure. This is the official glossary used by all documents in the Sovrin Governance Framework—it was approved by the Sovrin Board of Trustees on 27 March 2019. Includes eight illustrated appendices (32 pages) that describe core terms in detail.

How Sovrin Works

Illustrated examples.
3 Oct 2016.

Getting Started with Sovrin

A technical orientation guide using the Sovrin Command Line Interface.

Inevitable Rise of Self-Sovereign Identity

Why Sovrin represents the solution to identity challenges.
29 Sep 2016.

Sovrin: Digital Identities in the Blockchain Era

This is the original paper by Dmitry Khovratovich and Jason Law that describes the core ideas behind the Sovrin Network and how they implement self-sovereign identity at a global scale.
December 2016.

How DIDs, Keys, Credentials, and Agents Work in Sovrin

By Daniel Hardman
, April 2018
This document shows how low-level building blocks of the Sovrin ecosystem function in a practical real-world scenario where key management concerns matter deeply. It also introduces some notation and terminology. It makes heavy use of concepts described in the formal sequence diagrams and exposition from DKMS Design and Architecture V2.

What if I lose my phone?

By Daniel Hardman

What happens when my device is stolen? What happens if I forget my private key? What happens when my private keys are compromised or lost? This document will explore multiple scenarios when an identity holder loses control of their cloud agent through theft, hack or forgetfulness.