Gilgamesh – Utilizing the Blockchain Technologies to Publish Authors and Promote Scholarship

Known to most classical scholars, the Legend of Gilgamesh was the first piece of literature ever published.The name Gilgamesh represents the first attempt to transfer knowledge to a public by means of literature.

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Our platform Gilgamesh shares this vision of transparency and scholarship with a coherent decentralized social media that connects all parties essential in the publishing industry without a centralized structure. Ultimately, Gilgamesh wants to spread scholarship in egalitarian fashion.

The current publishing industry is centralized and riddled by the promise of capital. Publishers often act as an authoritative middleman by deciding what is published. Publishers also retain the bulk of the legal power deciding how terms are negotiated with the author.

With publishers acting as the gate between writers and readers, the voice of the author is often diminished by a lack of connection with the audience. And often times many writers wanting to be published don’t have a choice as self publishing is often more expensive and time consuming option depending on the scale. This is a cost most writers simply cannot afford.Traditional publishing represents the only way to international recognition for writers.

Since, publishers widely dictate the conditions of publication, many writers are tied to other means of employment to sustain livelihood. Traditional centralized publishing has dominated the economics and modulated the writer’s ease of artistic expression and proliferation ideas.

In order to ameliorate the relation between author and reader, Skiral Incorporated developed Gilgamesh an Android and iOS platform. Gilgamesh is a decentralized blockchain social media platform for authors that want quality publishing services directly as well as direct advertising on a social app while completely retaining copyright. Gilgamesh implements this with two developments Plato and Homer.

Gilgamesh achieves decentralization and privacy through the implementation of the blockchain technology, IPFS, and GIL, an ERC 20 token, for use on the Ethereum platform. Featuring smart contracts that allow for the democratization of dApps, the Ethereum platform is the perfect construct for a social media dApp that also functions as a decentralized media publisher.

In Gilgamesh’s Plato release, a social network platform that enables book readers and authors to socially connect and engage, book readers can follow other readers, write a review on a book and also add their favorite book to their profile, the app will also reward productive engagements and activities with GIL token.

In the Gilgamesh’s Homer, publication is achieved through Interplanetary File sharing or IPFS. IPFS is a file distribution system utilizing cryptographics that ensures privacy and originality. By providing a hyperlink stamped with the original time IPFS allows distribution between pertinent parties without tampering, and it also allows for anonymity in the publication process. In brief, IPFS provides authors with discretion while maintaining access to readers. Plato inspires the proliferation of ideas without censorship.

On the Gilgamesh platform, readers are encouraged to comment on the author’s work for GIL. This implementation of smart contracts in the commentary system allows readers to become holders of GIL and in turn take part of the the democratization of the dApp.

In this community transactions from ad, publication, and distribution services go to the Gilgamesh Foundation. However, unlike centralized publishers, all GIL will go toward the encouragement of growth of the platform.

A voting dapp is currently uploaded on the Ethereum Test Net for token holders. The process to vote is as filling out a form for Gilgamesh and contributing to a smart contract.

And while the Gilgamesh token sale time has not been announced, the whitepaper along with a published smart contract for the initial coin offering is available now.