# Unikname Glossary

Our glossary contains key terminology specifically related to Unikname Ecosystem. If you have any comments or requests, please open a topic on our forum(opens new window) .

For Common Terms related to blockchain in general we invite you to read the very well documented ARK Glossary(opens new window) .

# Unikname Terms

# Universal-Name-System (TM)

uns letters from uns.network is the abreviation of Universal-Name-System (TM) which is the official and registered name for the solution and the project. But everyone use uns.network on a daily basis because it's more convenient. Both are used in this documentation, this is the same thing.

# Unikname Ecosystem

The entirety of the Unikname project and community, including the blockchain network, but also the supporting products, such as the wallet or the blockchain explorer.

# Unikname Community

Members of the Unikname community volunteer to provide assistance to new users, or work on bounties to improve uns.network. They are not officially associated with the Unikname Team. However, Unikname does most of its recruiting from the community.

# UNS network Player

A network player is the owner of a specific uns.network Node, permitted to send and to validate transactions over the network. As such, a network player provides a service to the network like minting blocks, storing decentralized encrypted data, or issuing UNIK tokens. They play a significant role in securing the network.

# UNS Service Node

A blockchain node permitted to send and to validate transactions over the network.

# UNS Gateway

A specific server interacting with the decentralized Network and a centralized SaaS solution. Gateways can be passives or actives when they're connected to a service node.

# NFT Token

Non-Fungible Token, by opposiiton to a more traditionnal Token. NFT have remarkable properties such as their uniqueness, and their indivisibility.

# UNIK (or UNIK Token)

@unikname Identifers are represented by a NFT Token within the uns.network. These tokens rooted into the blockchain are named the UNIK Tokens.

# Official Unikname Projects

# UNS Core

The reference implementation for uns.network nodes, a forked implementation of ARK Core blockchain.

# UNS Explorer

A frontend used to query the uns.network blockchain. Explorers use a Relay Node to perform queries and offer a user-friendly interface.

# Unikname Desktop Wallet

A desktop client to manage wallets for the UNS Token. For advanced transactions and to get access to UNIK tokens

# My Unikname Mobile App

The mobile app used to manage user's @unikname. These app is also a fully featured wallet for owning and transfering UNS and UNIK Tokens.

# UNIPs, Uns.Network Improvement Proposals

A curated list of improvement proposals. Breaking changes are first formulated as AIPs, discussed and reviewed by the community before being implemented.