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Bikeshed: Wallet or Credential Repository (was: Re: Verifiable Credential Notarization Protocol (VCNP))

From: Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jul 2021 11:04:22 -0400
To: public-credentials@w3.org
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On 7/17/21 10:52 AM, Michael Herman (Trusted Digital Web) wrote:
> Alice’s Personal Wallet

Thanks for the diagram, Michael, it's very helpful.

I'm not seeing much in there that hasn't been contemplated by the VC data
model with Linked Data Signatures (which support chained signatures -- which
you're demonstrating one use of here). That said, having the use case
diagrammed is quite useful.

My suggestion is to get away from the "Wallet" language when talking about the
general ecosystem in the same way that we got away from blockchain/DLT when
talking about the Verifiable Data Registry.

Where entities store their Verifiable Credentials isn't always going to be a
wallet. I suggest the more general term should be:

Verifiable Credential Repository

OR just

Credential Repository

I'm sure folks may want to bike shed that term. I suggest that "Wallet" or
"Holder" is already confusing people (the most recent perma-thread is a great
example) and we should get our terminology straight before launching into the
next standardization cycle.

-- manu

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