Instaproof allows anonymous access to the Audit Trail of a file. providing data provenance and authenticity with a simple drag-and-drop.

Instaproof will search amongst the Publicly Attested assets that have been registered with the Document Profile and return a list of all assets that have a matching hash value.

The initial version of a document is registered as a document profile asset. New versions of the document are published as events against that asset. See Document Profile more more information.

Using the Instaproof UI

  1. Using the sidebar, select Instaproofand then drag a document into the search area

    Instaproof Search Area

  2. Document not found
    If the document that you are verifying has not been found, you will see a red response banner.

    Document Not Found
    The possible reasons for this outcome are:

    • The document owner has not registered the document in their DataTrails tenancy
    • The document owner has not published this version of the document as an event
    • The document has been modified since it was registered with DataTrails

    In all cases you should contact the document owner to find out whether your document version can be trusted.

  3. Document Found

    Note: In this screenshot we are using the file greenfrog.jpg which can be downloaded from our Instaproof Samples page.
    If the document has been registered with DataTrails, you will see a green response banner together with a list of all the matching Document Profile Assets. This means that the version of the document that you have has a verifiable provenance record and an immutable audit trail.
    Document Found

At the top of the image you can see the document that was checked and found on Instaproof.

Note: We don’t need to access your document to find its provenance, everything that you see in the Instaproof results is held locally and was recorded by the document owner when the document was registered or events were recorded.

You can check additional documents by dragging them on top of this area.

Some of the results may be from verified organizations and others from unverified members of the DataTrails community. All results contribute something to the provenance and life history of this document.

A Verified Organization has a verified domain associated with their DataTrails account. This helps to confirm the identity of the document source and is likely the thing to look for if you want ‘official’ provenance records. A Verified Domain can be used to link an identity (such as a company or a brand name) to a DataTrails Tenancy.

The Other Results results are those from from unverified DataTrails accounts - other members of the DataTrails community who have made claims or observations about the document you’re interested in.

While they may seem less ‘official’ than verified account results, they may still be useful to you. The identity of all users making attestations in DataTrails is checked, recorded, and immutable, even if they are not (yet) associated with a verified domain name.

What Do the Instaproof Results Mean?

Immutable Audit Trail

Click on a result to see details of the document history. You will see the Event details of the version that matches your document on the right with a partial view of the Asset details for the latest version on the left. Close the Event details to see the full Asset details view.

Asset Details Tab

The Asset details tab shows the information about the asset attributes. Includes the current version, the organization, and Verified Domain badge, if applicable.

Public attestation and visibility - Public means that the document is publicly accessible using the public URL. Permissioned means that it is private and requires shared access to be enabled for a user to be able to view it.

Type - For Document Profile Assets this will always be ‘Document’.

Description - an optional description of the Asset

Attributes - This drop down section contains any custom attributes that were added to the asset.

Versions - the published versions of the document

Note: The share button allows you to access and copy the permissioned and public (if enabled) links for the asset to share with other users. Private links are for logged in users with permissions assigned in an Access Policy, Public links are for everyone.
Share Links

The Event History tab shows the full history of Events including custom Events, new Versions and Withdraw Events.

Click on the tab and select an Event to view the details.

Event History Overview Tab

The Overview information about the Event

Event Identity - The Event ID will always be of the format ‘publicassets/<asset_id>/events/<event_id>’ for public assets or ‘assets/<asset_id>/events/<event_id>’ for private assets.

Asset Identity - the ID of the parent Asset for this Event.

Transaction - This link contains the details of the Event transaction.

Transaction Details

Type - For Document Profile Events this will always be ‘Publish’

Document changes - The version and document hash for new version Events. There is no data here for custom Events.

The Event attributes and Asset attributes tabs contain information about any custom attributes that were added or modified as part this Event.