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Reading Mind Map: Key Event Receipt Infrastructure – KERI

“Make things as simple as possible, but no simpler.” – Albert Einstein.

In the spirit of keeping things simple for the new trust layer for the internet Dr. Samuel A Smith used the principle of “minimally sufficient means” to create Key Event Receipt Infrastructure, or KERI.

Welcome to KERI

Allow me to give you a warm welcome to the world of Key Event Receipt Infrastructure, a special place in the self sovereign identity (SSI) ecosystem. Abbreviated as KERI, this flavor of decentralized key management infrastructure (DKMI) powers the main thrust of the movement for individual, personal control of data and privacy in the new private internet.

Give me a map, please!

Say you want to learn KERI, what is your first step? Reading the white paper, all 141 pages of it? As of today the answer is yes. Yet the KERI white paper is only the beginning, not the end. How can you come up to speed on all of the important IETF Draft Specifications around and important to KERI? Use the following pie graph and chart as a map:

Why so many pages?

“Save as PDF” from the table of IETF Draft Specifications located at Web Of Trust KERI repository on GitHub as well as the KERI Whitepaper itself created all the page counts located here. If you want to master KERI then roll up your sleeves and dig in. Whistle while you code!

More Resources

All things KERI may be found on the KERI One website where you will also find the bio of the following character, Dr. Samuel A. Smith, the creator and inventor of KERI.

Dr. Samuel A. Smith

To meet Dr. Smith in person, and many other illustrious members of the SSI community join us at the Internet Identity Workshop this November 15th to the 17th.


This conference is where the brilliant minds and members of the SSI community come together every six months to share their knowledge and brag about their achievements. See you there!

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