What is The Graph (GRT)?

The Graph GRT is a decentralized protocol for indexing and querying data from blockchains to power applications in both DeFi as well as the Web3 ecosystem.
What is The Graph (GRT)?

GRT are ERC-20 tokens used to allocate resources to the network by various stakeholders to earn income proportional to the amount of work they perform, and their GRT stake.

GRT tokens are used to ensure the economic security of The Graph Network and the integrity of data being queried by being locked up to provide indexing and curating services to the network.
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Data Querying

The Graph is designed to index queries for data on networks such as Ethereum or IPFS that is otherwise difficult to query directly. For example, it may be relatively easy to ask “How much Ethereum is held in a specific wallet address”, but not “How much Ethereum is held by wallet addresses created in January 2021”.

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The indexes of the blockchain data (“subgraphs”) can be queried easily with an API that saves time on increasingly complex queries for data requests.

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Indexers, Curators
, and Delegators

In a simplified manner, the economic security of the network and integrity of data being queried is ensured by staking GRT tokens. The Indexers, Curators and Delegators each provide different services to earn income from the network proportionate to the amount of work performed and their GRT stake.

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The Graph is already indexing and supporting the largest chains in cryptocurrency, such as Polygon, Avalanche, Binance Smart Chain as well Ethereum. As the crypto space grows, our data requirements and The Graph’s use cases will grow with it.