Blockchain Data Indexer The Graph Launches on NEAR Blockchain

The service expands beyond blockchains that are compatible with the Ethereum network.

Oct 26, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. UTC
Updated Oct 26, 2021 at 8:12 p.m. UTC

The Graph, a service that organizes data on blockchains to make the data easy to find, began testing its service Tuesday on the NEAR blockchain, marking the first time the product has run on a blockchain that’s not compatible with the Ethereum blockchain.

The Graph is used by developers to access data such as prices and user information. The protocol is live on 25 blockchain networks.

Tegan Kline, a co-founder of The Graph developer Edge & Node, told CoinDesk in an interview that it took “many months” to complete the integration, as The Graph has previously expanded only to blockchains that are compatible with the Ethereum blockchain.

The protocol managed to make the migration because of a grant from The Graph Foundation to blockchain data company StreamingFast, which became a core contributor to The Graph earlier in the year. The foundation distributes grants to projects that are building on The Graph.

Kline also said that developers can expect to find The Graph on other blockchains that aren’t compatible with Ethereum in the coming months, as The Graph Foundation will continue to offer grants to help the service expand.

“Wherever developers go, The Graph will be,” she added.

Meanwhile, the integration comes at an exciting time for NEAR. On Monday, the NEAR Foundation announced the launch of an $800 million grants program in collaboration with Proximity Labs, a U.K.-based technology company.

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Andrew Thurman is a tech reporter at CoinDesk with a focus on DeFi.