What is Dock?

Dock is a special purpose, decentralized data exchange protocol built upon Ethereum. The mission behind it is to break free from data silos and gatekeepers, untrusted and inaccurate information, incompatibilities across platforms, inefficiencies with verifying data, and lack of control and privacy for users.

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Getting started with Dock

Learn the basics of the Dock blockchain and quickly ramp up your knowledge about the network with these selected pieces of content.


Dock guides & tutorials

These guides and tutorials help you stake your DOCK token on the Dock blockchain using several tools.


Dock tools & resources

With these tools & resources, you can manage your DOCK token and analyze the Dock network.


Dock ecosystem content

Browse through a selection of Dock-related content such as videos, blogs, podcast episodes and more!

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Dock events

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Dock FAQs

What is the difference between the Relay Chain and Parachains?


The Relay Chain is the main chain of the Polkadot ecosystem (incl. Kusama/Edgeware/HydraDX). Your validator nominations count for the validators of the Relay Chain.

Most of the computation happens on Parachains, which are connected to and secured through the Relay Chain. Learn more about the status of Parachains here.

Do I maintain control over my tokens when staking?


You remain in full control over your tokens when you stake. You simply delegate the right to propose blocks and validate transactions contained in each token to the validators you nominate. However, please note that your tokens are illiquid while staked. You need to unbond in order to move your funds.

What are Stash & Controller accounts?


There are two different accounts to manage your funds, namely the Stash Account and the Controller Account.

Stash Account: This account holds the funds which are bonded for staking. This is sort of your "safety box". Most functions relevant for your staking operations are done via your "Controller Account".

Controller Account: Through this account, you nominate the validators of your choice. The Controller account only needs funds to cover transaction fees, so make sure to allocate some funds for that.

Can I have multiple Controller Accounts for the same Stash Account?


No, you can only create one Controller Account per Stash Account.

Should I nominate more than one validator?


Every era, the validator set gets shuffled. Your bonded stake gets distributed among the validators you nominated and that got elected to the active set for that era. It is therefore advisable to nominate more than one validator, because if you e.g. only nominated one validator and he/she did not make it into the set, you will miss out on rewards for that era. You are best advised to nominate popular validators with a good reputation and track record (check the information provided in their on-chain ID). In order for you to increase your returns, you can also nominate a couple of smaller, less-popular validators with less stake backing them.

Make sure you do proper research on the validators you nominate since your stake is also subject to getting slashed in case of your validator misbehaving.

What is a digital credential?


A credential represents important data about an individual: work experiences, skills, certificates, degrees, course completion, learnings, achievements and more which ultimately lead to capabilities.

Where is my login and how do I access my Wallet with data control apps?


Wallets and data control apps can now be accessed at

Dock will be focused on being a production layer for B2B transactions and credential production moving forward.

Who controls Dock?


Currently a board controls Dock and we are in the process of transitioning to a non-profit entity. The long-term goal for Dock is to be completely decentralized and autonomous which will be achieved iteratively over time.