# uns.network Glossary

Our glossary contains key terminology specifically related to uns.network 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).

# uns.network 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.

# uns.network Ecosystem

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

# uns.network Community

Members of the uns.network community volunteer to provide assistance to new users, or work on bounties to improve uns.network. They are not officially associated with the uns.network Team. However, uns.network 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.network Service Node

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

# uns.network 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 opposition to a more traditional Token. NFT have remarkable properties such as their uniqueness, and their indivisibility. All UNIK tokens are NFTs.

# UNIK (or UNIK Token)

'UNIK' is the name of the NFT token representing a single @unikname ID within the uns.network blockchain.

# Official uns.network Projects

# uns.network Core

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

# uns.network Explorer

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

# uns.network Desktop Wallet

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

# UNIK-NAME 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.