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A data platform for discovering the Lightning network
The Lightning ecosystem is booming at unprecedented levels. But, there are so many projects popping up that it’s easy to get lost, and users searching for information can get overwhelmed. Therefore, many of us waste hours sifting through blogs and random websites. The good news is that there is a solution in the works that gathers everything you need in one place for all things Lightning. The solution devised is a searchable database for Lightning projects.
A searchable Lightning network data platform
Lightning Landscape is a searchable data platform for discovering Lightning projects along with their information, statistics, and contact details. As a database, it aims to connect users to the Lightning ecosystem. Builders can discover tools for their projects, while researchers, journalists and investors easily find trends, deals, and information.
As an ecosystem map, it stimulates growth in Lightning by giving exposure and accessibility to Lightning projects. Also, listing owners get motivated by the benefits of discoverability they receive for being listed, like debuggers and getting noticed by investors. Therefore, Lightning tools will be used more and businesses and along with projects viewed more. In the end, the whole lightning ecosystem benefits.
Category and tag searching
Lightning Landscape provides users with industry-tailored search options. There are different categories available for a variety of purposes, such as social apps, LSPs, wallets, education, and more.
To simplify searching, Landscape implements a system of categories and tags. You select a category and filter down by tags. Some examples of categories are wallets, development tools, gaming, Lightning service providers. For example, if you want to find a social platform with tipping options, use the category “social apps” and then select the tag tipping. To further refine your search, you can select year founded, project status, project license, and more.
A data platform for research
As a research tool, Lightning Landscape maps out resources for students, builders, researchers, and journalists. Through industry-specific categories and tags, users will find relevant resources and businesses that will provide them with statistics, demographics, current and historical trends.
A key advantage of using Lightning Landscape as a research tool is that it’s Lightning specific, therefore, it filters out the noise of general platforms for focused Lightning research. Journalists will have at their disposal current information on who’s building what and the numbers revealing the size of the industry or segments of it.
A tool for builders
Lightning Landscape helps builders find solutions and shines light on the existing tools in the ecosystem. There are lots of Lightning tools already available in the space, but they suffer from a lack of exposure. Therefore, Landscape will make builder tools, both old, new, and in progress, more discoverable.
If you’re a builder, the tools you build yourself will get noticed once listed, giving builders motivation to build and not to give up on their projects. Additionally, the exposure will bring in debuggers, helping builders spot errors early on.
Since there are plenty of helpful tools and resources already in the ecosystem, Landscape helps builders find what they need for their own project. In return, what they build will become more discoverable and will also help the Lightning network develop.
A database for investors and entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurs and investors can use the database to discover the strength and potential of the Lightning network. Much like researchers, investors and entrepreneurs, will use Lightning Landscape to find insights and useful information. For example, they can use the tool to fill market gaps and discover projects that have the potential for investment.
Not every investor is a bitcoiner. Therefore, by making the ecosystem accessible to investors, Landscape provides them with the information needed to decide how to best use their resources and where. This further boosts the ecosystem by bringing in more investment to bitcoin projects and businesses.
How Lightning Landscape information stays up-to-date
You’re probably wondering: How does the database info stay relevant? It stays relevant through crowdsourcing, manual updates, and activity tracking. Therefore, the database is maintained through the efforts of its developers and the community. This means you’ll sift through less abandoned projects or expired information.
Lightning Landscape is a database for the Lightning community
Every bitcoiner wants to see the Lightning network grow, because wider adaptation is vital to its success. Landscape helps the ecosystem expand by bringing visibility not only to commercial enterprises but also through connecting the community. With Landscape, you will find educational spaces like classes, communities to join, bitcoin exchanges, wallets, blogs, tools and more.
Key features and takeaways
Lightning Landscape is a Bitcoin layer 2 network data platform that connects users to Lightning projects by mapping the ecosystem
Landscape makes the Lightning ecosystem more accessible
Builders can use Landscape to find tools and highlight their own work
Landscape will make ecosystem projects discoverable
Researchers, investors, and journalists can use Landscape to find relevant stats and up-to-date information
Industry-specific categories and tags simplify searching and give more accurate results
The database is Lightning network specific, eliminating noise from mainstream platforms
Landscape is a tool that connects users to the Lightning community
The data platform is maintained through crowdsourcing and manual updates
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Conclusion: helping Lightning grow
Through more accessibility, investment comes in and projects and tools become easier to find, giving builders more opportunities and exposure. Lightning Landscape brings exposure to the entire ecosystem, benefiting anyone looking to learn, discover, and build in it. The spotlight is also a motivating factor for continued building.
Since the project is in the MVP stage of development, you can already start using it! The team would be grateful for your help. So if you’re excited about this project, any ideas, suggestions, or improvements would be welcome. Your suggestions will help us fine-tune the platform and take pride in helping develop a more accessible Lightning network.
Start your Lightning research with Landscape here: https://www.lightning-landscape.net/projects