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Open Collectors Network is the first decentralized platform for one-of-a-kind tokens, where everyone can seamlessly own, create, customize, interact with and trade individual tokens, on an open market, based on existing standard specifications.
The more read about the blockchain, the more we saw the beauty in it, and we knew that’s what we wanted to do from then on. But at some point it hit us: all the coins out there were just currency, and like money, they’re fungible. Whereas in our daily jobs, writing code is all about working with things that are non-fungible: like the list of company products, users, roles, services and so on. The list of possible use-cases for unique tokens is virtually endless: the entire IT industry depends on it, and if they converted to the blockchain, they’d get all the benefits decentralization brings: security, transparency, trust and the ease of attaching monetary value to something (virtual currency).
Non-fungible vs fungible
Best way to explain how we understand this concept, and how it applies to our project, is by example. Imagine you printed 1000 flyers and are handing them out on the street. You don't care which flyer you hand out from the stack, because they are all identical: same size, same content, same purpose etc. This collection of flyers is said to be fungible and it's equivalent to current crypto currencies: if you send someone 1 coin, it doesn't matter which one from your wallet it is, any one coin will do.
But let's consider now, another collection: paintings by famous artists. Already, we can tell a difference: though all of them are paintings, if you wanted to buy one, you wouldn't just pick randomly. You like some more than others, some are more expensive and so on. They're unique (nonfungible), as they are all one-of-a-kind and it does matter "which" one it is.