IRCAM Forum celebrates an online webinar to explain how DAFNE+ platform works

The project continues to bring up opportunities for the community of users of the platform to grow. This was what happened with the online webinar celebrated by our partner IRCAM Forum last week. The online event gathered a group of artists and musicians interested in the possibilities of blockchain technology and DAFNE+ Platform.

The webinar was hosted by the artist and Product Manager of Ircam Forum, Greg Beller. He was the one to explain how the platform works and how the future users will be able to mint their contents using it. During the event the audience learnt how to create a wallet, how to resiter into DAFNE+ Platform and how to mint content.

As this technology is so new a lot of educational work needs to be done within communities of artists. This is also why the session was recorded, so that the attendants could access the webinar again.

Watch the session.


Migration to Amoy testnet in DAFNE+ Platform due to the deprecation of Mumbai

Such things happen and, sometimes, a quick response is the better option. Due to the deprecation of Mumbai testnet from Polygon, DAFNE+ platform has been obliged to migrate to Amoy testnet network, to be able to continue to work. For this reason, from now on the platform will operate in this other network.

The technical reason for this is that Mumbai testnet for Polygon PoS uses Ethereum’s Goerli testnet as its root chain. This means Mumbai counts on Goerli for block production. But, since Goerli is currently scheduled for deprecation, by the end of the first quarter of 2024, this change needed to be made as Mumbai will cease to operate too.

Our technician partners have been working hard on this matter so that none of our current users have any problems with this issue. The NFTs that had been created up to this point in time will need to be migrated aswell.

As a matter of fact this is being done already and no major issues have come up to this point. This is why in DAFNE+ project we are confident that this matter will be resolved soon enough.

This means also that we will start working on a new platform tutorial to show our future users how to configurate their wallet onto Amoy Testnet. In the meantime if you have any inquiries you can contact us here.

DAFNE+ 5th Plenary Meeting in Palermo

The historic and beautiful Sicilian city of Palermo was home for the last General Meeting of DAFNE+. An interesting venue where the partners exchanged impressions on the recent developments of the project.

One of the first subjects addressed was the inputs of the reviewers of the project. Interesting insights that will be introduced and implemented within the following months.

The next stage of the project will face several challenges but the partners feel fit for the task.

In this sense, we also had a very interesting discussion around DAOs and how to accomplish it for DAFNE+. Another big issue that was analysed was how to collect and measure our users feedback and through what channels. We also talked about the platform and our next events in our agenda, like the one we have scheduled in March with IRCAM.

Interview with Iago Fernández-Cedrón, Project Manager of DAFNE+

DAFNE+ is indeed an innovative project that seeks to help creatives understand and dive into new technologies such as blockchain, Web 3 and NFTs. With this main purpose, the project looks to make content distribution fair.

In this interview, DAFNE+ project manager, Iago Fernández-Cedrón, from UPM, helps us understand the main objectives of this European research project. As he explains carefully, DAFNE+ is thought "to help and foster the efforts to monetize and make new business models for the creators in these industries".

DAFNE+ "brings the possibility to cocreate the NFTS and distribute the tokens and the royalties in a fair and transparent way for those users that want to work with us", he adds. Also he talks about the possibilities that new decentralized models of organization can bring to the creative space. "We empower those communities with the DAO that we are building to allow them to decide on how these new business models work on their creations", he confirms.

Watch the whole interview to know more about DAFNE+ Project.

Interview with Hugues Vinet, IRCAM explaining Use Case 2

IRCAM is a French institution founded un 1977 by French composer, pedagogue and orchestra conductor Pierre Boulez. Its purpose was the research and study of acoustic and music.

"Boulez had a vision that the future of contemporary music would go through science and technology", says Hugues Vinet, from IRCAM, in this interview. "He had this idea of puting together on one side scientists, engineers, and in the other side musicians that would work together to renuew the musical expression", he adds.

Nowadays they have a lab where they produce technology and research in this innovative field. But this is not only for internal purposes but also for external users. That is why they founded IRCAM Forum, that has already 60.000 users worldwide.

At this point, IRCAM's researchers wanted to go further and planned to use "NFT and blockchain technology, using software and creation tools", Vinet explains, and is one of the reasons they are part of DAFNE+ project. In this interview Hugues Vinet gets to explain some of the aspects of this collaboration.

DAFNE+ Platform presented during the Creative Jam

After the platform's launch last month, DAFNE+ project needs to be tested by their potential users. Artists, musicians, designers, and many other content creators are called to use and test the platform and give feedback.

All of those potential users that will be interested in the platforms proposal to ensure a fair content creation and distribution.

One of the opportunities to do so has come up this week in the event called Creative Jam, co-organised by School of Digital Arts (MMU) and IAAC. Both are DAFNE+ partners and have strong artistic communities that could find the platfom useful.

During the hybrid event the DAFNE+ Platform was exhibited and our technical partners from Engineering and Synelixis, gave a thorough introduction and onboarding session to the attendants.

Interview with Olga Trevisan, IAAC explaining Use Case 3

In this interview, Olga Trevisan, from IAAC, explains how they are working to develop DAFNE+ project. "We are collaboraing with the maker and design community researching viable tools and methods that can benefit our communities in the digital landscape", says.

In this sense, the Distributed Design Platform (coordinated by IAAC) will be engaged - a distributed creative community of 1600+ novel content creators across making, art and design. Based on the global Fab Lab Network of 35,000+ users, the platform is undertaking research and development into creative alternatives to industrial processes. "Another aspect that the platform is developing is to assist content creator on various copyright agreements", she adds, in order to explain how this can be useful to artists and designers.

Artists and designers can take advantage of the tools provided on the DAFNE+ platform to create, distribute and buy original artistic content that can be used for emerging technologies, such as VR/AR applications and games.

KU Leuven highlighting the legal aspects and opportunities arising from DAFNE+

KU Leuven's (KUL) Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP) is an academic research centre at the KUL Faculty of Law and Criminology, specialising in the legal and ethical aspects of IT innovation and intellectual property. The centre's research aims at fundamentally rethinking the current legal framework in light of rapid technological change by adopting an intra- and extra-juridical interdisciplinary approach encompassing legal, technical, economic, ethical, and socio-cultural perspectives. Its international reputation has established CiTiP as a law and ethics partner on large international and interdisciplinary research projects covering the areas of Artificial Intelligence & Autonomous systems, Data Protection & Privacy, eHealth & Pharma, Ethics & Law, Intellectual Property, Media & Telecommunications and (Cyber)security.

Given its established expertise in Intellectual Property, within the DAFNE+ project, KU Leuven CiTiP is leading Work Package 6. Dr. Thomas Margoni is the project P.I with Leander Samuel Stähler and Francesca Portante d’Alessandro as researchers. By bringing its in-depth legal knowledge to the table, the centre is responsible for the drafting of deliverable 6.1, which will provide relevant legal research and analysis of the IPR and data privacy implications of the DAFNE+ platform and its use of blockchain technology. This contribution is essential in understanding the problems and opportunities of implementing the DAFNE+ platform.

The research will first map relevant applicable legal frameworks, focusing on copyright and related rights due to their direct relevance to the project's use cases. Exclusive rights licensing through non-fungible tokens will then be assessed, utilising an empirical study of NFT sale platforms' user rights terms of service to highlight current system flaws and develop a proposal on modular licensing for the online sale of digital assets. The proposed model will consist of a flexible licensing scheme of economic, commercial, and creative rights that will benefit both buyer and seller while empowering creators. Finally, the research will investigate the distinct copyright concerns of each of the project's three use cases, proposing how the asset can be licensed to respect rights holders' interests yet grant user rights to the acquirer. Alongside highlighting the problems and opportunities arising from the project platform and three use cases, the centre also aims to produce independent research material that may help further develop the project.

Within the above tasks, KU Leuven CiTiP actively collaborates with the FabCity Foundation on achieving the goals set by Work Package 6 and the dissemination strategy of Work Package 7. Regular meetings through communication channels ensure the smooth functioning of such partnerships.

In summary, KU Leuven CiTiP’s expertise and experience in the legal field contribute to the projects' implementation and overall success.

DAFNE+ Platform is live!

 A historic moment in the digital art and design landscape is happening with the official launch of DAFNE+ Platform, a cutting-edge NFT platform crafted to push forward the community of artists, designers, and musicians.

DAFNE+ Platform is designed to address the evolving needs of digital content creators, providing them with innovative tools for creation, distribution, and monetization of their artistic works through blockchain technology. “One of the main purposes of the project is to make content distribution fair”, explains Iago Fernández-Cedrón, Project Manager of DAFNE+ and Investigator at UPM. 

In this sense the creator will be able to find tools like Style Transfer, 3D Object Reconstruction, 3D Human Pose Estimation, and Virtual Avatar Personalization to unleash its creativity. This platform is set to redefine the way artists bring their imaginations to life in the digital space.

But, DAFNE+ Platform is more than just a compendium of innovative tools; it looks to create a vibrant community where artists, designers, and musicians converge to share, collaborate, and inspire. With a user-friendly interface and robust features, the platform is designed to foster creativity and innovation but also to promote a fairer content distribution. 

Interview with Tobey Dubois-Heys, from SODA, about Use Case 1

The DAFNE+ platform has several use case scenarios that demonstrate the potential of the platform to empower users and communities in the cultural heritage sector.

In this first set of interviews, Tobey Dubois-Heys, from the School of Digital Arts (SODA), from Manchester Metropolitan University, explains what is Use Case 1 is about. The first thing that he points out is the target audience. DAFNE+ project Use Case 1 "reachs out to prosumers, students, staff and all other industry partners". In this sense, Dubois-Heys says that DAFNE+ is really interesting for SODA because "it acts as a boundary breaking research project allows staff and students and industry partners to work together on NFT culture".

This use case is, as Dubois-Heys confirms, "a really good way of getting out into a community of makers and cultural producers who are absolutely involved in digital arts and digital creative projects".

In the other hand, for him DAFNE+ highlights "interesting questions that are happening for all creators right now in terms of IP, ownership, trustworthiness and remuneration and how all this things are changing because of the speed of change within digital technologies".