The Colony Network

The Colony Network, at a high level, is a collection of smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain.

The contracts that comprise the Colony Network provide a standard framework for the creation of decentralized organizations as described in the Colony Whitepaper.

In addition to the core business logic of all colonies, the Colony Network contains several contracts that mediate low-level transactions and permissions on the blockchain, such as upgradability, as well as contracts which manage functionality of the network as a whole, including interactions with the reputation system and the creation of new colonies.

The Colony Network is maintained and improved by The Meta Colony.

Developers interested in contributing to the Colony Network are encouraged to look at the code on GitHub, and to come say hi on Gitter. Please have a look at our contribution guidelines as well.

Interface Contracts

The full collection of Colony Network contracts can be inspected on GitHub. Once deployed, however, the publically available functions for interacting with the Colony Network are aggregated into two Interface contracts:

  • IColony.sol contains the functions that pertain to a particular colony, including the creation of tasks, funding, and work ratings.

  • IColonyNetwork.sol contains the functions that pertain to the network as a whole, such as the global hierarchy of skill tags and interactions with the reputation mining client.

  • IReputationMiningCycle.sol contains the functions that pertain to the reputation mining system, such as submission of a reputation root hash, staking, and initiating the challenge process.

First Version

The first deployed version of the Colony Network will have a more modest functionality than what is described in these pages and in the whitepaper. This is intended to allow further development for finished contracts to be informed by real user experiences and testing while new features are being developed for future iterations of the network.

The major differences between the planned first release and the system described in the whitepaper are:

  • Domains within a colony will be restricted to a single level.
  • Voting, Objections, and Dispute resolution will not be included.
  • Task creation does not require reputation, and tasks ratings still use a 5 point system (the 3 point system will be implemented when colonyNetwork#161 is merged)

Subsequent versions of the Colony Network will add functionality (working toward a complete implementation of the whitepaper), and all deprecated versions will remain fully supported by the network after an upgrade. See upgrades for more information.