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One-stop Storage Solution for NFT with Flexible Metadata Engine

Issues with NFT Storage
NFT no doubt is the hottest topic in the current decentralized world but the current storage of NFT underlying resources cannot yet be solved on the chain itself. On one hand, the cost of storage on the mainstream blockchain is extremely high. On the other hand, existing decentralized storage solutions are mostly cold-storage and cannot provide metadata-relevant storage and query solutions, resulting in low usage experience.

What is CATA?
CATA provides a complete one-stop solution for Dapp data storage. CATA creatively extends the IPFS (InterPlanetary File System) protocol to provide decentralized storage while achieving flexible metadata management, and is also compatible with SQL queries, providing extremely user-friendly and developer-friendly data access.

CATA Interaction with FLOW
CATA has designed a set of interaction protocols for Flow's Cadence contract layer, enabling integration and full traceability of token transactions and data storage, providing a one-stop solution for NFT publishing, storage, management and distribution. It is fully compatible with Cadence's resource-oriented capabilities, allowing Cadence developers to easily connect NFT contracts to storage facilities.

Core Concept

The current decentralized network is still far from true production deployment, and the scenarios that can be truly implemented today are extremely limited. The main reason for this is the lack of infrastructure. Although throughput of public blockchain increased significantly the storage protocol itself is still at an early stage. Storage solutions in the traditional world often consider both storage and retrieval, but the current mainstream of decentralized storage (such as IPFS, Filecoin) is almost pure storage, which cannot meet the requirements of data retrieval and content delivery. And some bandwidth-based data distribution projects (such as Meson Network) are also difficult to meet flexible query requirements.
CATA project begins in 2015 with goal of developing a more powerful distributed storage protocol and providing more flexible and user-friendly features for the storage system to create a more complete infrastructure forthe decentralized world.
The underlying layer of CATA is a general decentralized file system that accounts for storage and retrieval capabilities. Above the file system layer, CATA provides a flexible metadata management engine. In the current phase, CATA will leverage NFT as the first use case and collaborate with Flow Blockchain to provide users with a one-stop NFT platform.

Distributed Storage and Retrieval: as a fundamental capability of decentralized storage, data should be persistently stored on the network and ensure permanent availability. In addition, the CATA protocol guarantees high storage performance, supports reading and writing large amounts of data, and achieves practical cost. Compared to cold storage, CATA puts more design energy on retrieval and supports content-based flexible queries (instead of just file download) to meet fine-grained data organization requirements (e.g., NFT classification retrieval).

Metadata Engine: on top of the underlying decentralized file system, CATA has developed an independent metadata layer, Minerva. Minerva combines the serverless query engine with the underlying storage protocol. The CATA node is not only a storage resource provider, but also a service provider for the query engine. It is responsible for storing and querying structured metadata as well as parsing and tasking query requests. Therefore, users can flexibly define and decentrally manage structured and fine-grained metadata. At the same time, Minerva provides support for SQL queries, supports indexing, sorting, searching, and other semantics to meet the needs of Dapp developers, and minimizes dependency on centralized storage solutions.


Full lifecycle solution for NFT storage: the current NFT scenario relies on blockchain networks (e.g., Flow or ETH) to build a marketplace, and metadata storage often relies on centralized storage solutions (e.g., AWS), or content is stored on a decentralized storage protocol (e.g., IPFS) and then linked to the on-chain marketplace through additional operations, which negatively impacts the NFT user experience. The CATA storage protocol extends from the circulation layer on the blockchain, the Minerva metadata layer, to the underlying system layer, covering the business logic of NFT data storage, the associations between the on-chain and Off-chain worlds, and the entire process of token circulation. It provides a one-stop NFT experience.


CATA Distribution
The total number of CATA tokens we plan to issue is 20,000,000 for network building and community governance. And the CATA tokens are required to be distributed to the world in the following manner.
1. Mining. A portion of the tokens will be distributed  as network incentives to workers who provide hardware resources to the CATA network.
2. Ecosystem Building. A portion of the tokens will be used for ecosystem building such as incentives for qualified contributors. Also, a portion of the tokens will be set aside for subscriptions by institutions and community participants.
3. Team&Foundation Reservation: A portion of the tokens will be used to build the technical team and cover the operational costs.
4. Signup Educational Program: The purpose of the program is to spread knowledge of decentralized storage around the world, and enable more users and Dapps to experience the new manner of decentralized storage service provided by CATA .Our goal is to reach as many people and decentralized projects as possible with our educational programs before running out of funds.
5. Bitcoin Program: A portion of the tokens will be set aside to be distributed to holders of Bitcoin and Flow to build early reputation in the existing decentralized community as well as in the mainstream NFT community.


Community Ambassador Recruitment
CATA is a community driven project and offers incentives for expanding the community.
Anyone who participates in CATA community development (construction and management) and meet corresponding standards will be awarded with privilege for token sale.
They need to establish a community for management and meet corresponding standards, Community ambassadors can get the amount of early-stage community financing and participate in the early-stage construction and development of CATA. At the same time they have to contribute to CATA, build a community and manage it. The screening system should be as strict as possible.

Growth Pathway

Jr Ambassador -> Working group -> Regional Ambassador -> Hero Ambassador

Application for Community Ambassador.

Those who want to join the recruitment can contact us through email: info@cata.network . Submit application with following points:
  • Understanding of CATA.
  • Why you would like to join CATA ambassador.  
  • The roadmap.
  • Add Tag: CATA-ambassador

Jr Ambassador
CATA team will arrange a brief conversation based on your application. Applicants will become Junior Ambassador and enter a 3 month apprenticeship period after undergoing a telephone interview. During this phase, Jr Ambassador can work with CATA core team.

Working group
Those who complete the "Milestone" after 3 months will formally graduate and can join any of the following working group of CATA:
Transaltion Team Technical Team Offline Meetup Online Activities & Group Management.

  • Translation Team.
  • Technical Team.  
  • Offline Meetup.
  • Online Activities & Group Management

Senior Ambassador
Applicant can reach Senior Ambassadors when they pass the working group for at least 3 months.

Regional Ambassador
Applicant can reach Regional Ambassadors after 3 months (9 months) based on there willingness and the completion of Milestone


What you need to do?
▪ Code contribution or improve official documentations
▪ Advocate for CATA in conferences, workshops, seminars and meetups
▪ Warmly welcome and guide new members to join the CATA platform.
▪ Discover collaborations and other forms of opportunities that CATA can participate in.


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August 11, 2021, 04:50:11 PM
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AFAIK we have already filecoin who provide similar things. Can you tell a newbie like me how you differ with already existing projects like filecoin that are providing storage facility.
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August 13, 2021, 01:40:08 AM
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AFAIK we have already filecoin who provide similar things. Can you tell a newbie like me how you differ with already existing projects like filecoin that are providing storage facility.

Filecoin is a file system. It is more like a cold storage facility, focusing on the storage function itself. CATA has not only built a decentralized file system protocol, but also a flexible metadata query engine on the upper layer that can support SQL. And we will continue to expand the upper layer storage facility to provide a more complete decentralized big data system.
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August 13, 2021, 07:17:45 PM
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Do you have any plan to enlist on any exchnage? secondly, whats the price of CATA token right now, if I wanna buy it now.
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August 14, 2021, 06:32:53 AM
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In my view, DAPPs evolution with time may generate need for advance decentralized storage and by then we can only see how effective are such storage solutions. Those who are already in this niche will defiantly get the edge.
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August 15, 2021, 12:51:33 PM
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CATA has identified one shortage of NFT n proposed its solution.
Do you have any plan to launched some other features also or stick with storage only?
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August 15, 2021, 01:23:51 PM
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Do you have any plan to enlist on any exchnage? secondly, whats the price of CATA token right now, if I wanna buy it now.
CATA is still in private sale stage for now. We plan to gradually enlist on exchange after the mainnet  is launched.
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CATA has identified one shortage of NFT n proposed its solution.
Do you have any plan to launched some other features also or stick with storage only?
Actually,we are focusing on general decentralized storage solution.
NFT is the hottest topic currently and it has strong requirement of storage. That's why we plan to build the first version of CATA for NFT.
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August 18, 2021, 06:32:25 PM
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Is there any MVP or demo available where we can see this working in actual? Can you also offer comments on how fast one can retrieve his data using your platform?

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August 21, 2021, 06:12:05 PM
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As per my understanding, this project is taking concept of Filecoin one step ahead i.e. it will easy to retrieve data from the storage since there is metadata layer available. What else do you offer apart from this feature?
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As per my understanding, this project is taking concept of Filecoin one step ahead i.e. it will easy to retrieve data from the storage since there is metadata layer available. What else do you offer apart from this feature?

Yes. By analogy, Filecoin is a file system, and we will act as a database, cache, cdn, etc. in addition to a file system.
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August 25, 2021, 02:21:32 AM
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NFT is perhaps one of very few concepts that have received good response from community.
I have a query regarding cata, can you give an analysis of how much cost effective is data storage on this blockchain and how much benefit it gives to user.?
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NFT is perhaps one of very few concepts that have received good response from community.
I have a query regarding cata, can you give an analysis of how much cost effective is data storage on this blockchain and how much benefit it gives to user.?

NFT projects are at very early stages and NFT has the potential to reach 10x. So there is no reason not to invest here. Game development will find nft based storage ideal. Since its fast n easy to access data from nft blockchain  and not to forget its low price.
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Flow Blockchain has gained success in very short time and addressing both Flow and nft storage in one single project is big deal. OP you have necessary team that can develop this project? Since its a big project, development requires trained manpower.
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The idea of providing one complete experience of NFT is great beyond any doubt. NFT is giving good return to its investors and there is clear chance that more people will jump in. Making everything (blockchain,  aws, sql ) under one umbrella aka CATA will be a great move to attract new projects of NFT.
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Blockchain is complex and right now there is no single file system available that can meet upper layer expectations. We need more of stuff that can handle databases, data warehouses, CDNs etc. If CATA is the solution designed for this then it will be a huge success.
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After going this thread I have a question, CATA is designed only to handle NFT projects or it can handle platform developed for general blockchain? Handling sql queries, indexing is very useful for eCommerce projects, can they get benefit from CATA?
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After going this thread I have a question, CATA is designed only to handle NFT projects or it can handle platform developed for general blockchain? Handling sql queries, indexing is very useful for eCommerce projects, can they get benefit from CATA?

Since NFT has strong storage and retrieval requirements, we plan to take NFT as our first target scenario, which will guide the first phase of development of CATA.
Of course there are more scenarios that will require indexing, and we will move on to the next iteration when the first phase of product is stable. General-purposed storage will also be one of our goals.
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September 03, 2021, 02:20:37 PM
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After going this thread I have a question, CATA is designed only to handle NFT projects or it can handle platform developed for general blockchain? Handling sql queries, indexing is very useful for eCommerce projects, can they get benefit from CATA?

Since NFT has strong storage and retrieval requirements, we plan to take NFT as our first target scenario, which will guide the first phase of development of CATA.
Of course there are more scenarios that will require indexing, and we will move on to the next iteration when the first phase of product is stable. General-purposed storage will also be one of our goals.

I think it will be great if you embed general-purpose storage also in CATA. Since this will allow more members to have stake in CATA, we dont know how long this summer of NFT will long. If CATA provides general storage also then it will continue to grow even if we have NFT winters.
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September 04, 2021, 04:28:43 PM
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Hi
i am interested in CATA Community Ambassador Recruitment, the reward for this program is limited to CATA tokens only or is there any other reward also in BTC, ETC, FLOW etc. Let me know if admin is reading this.
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