Jim, what’s beautiful about PoA networks secured by geographically diverse professionally licensed individuals, is that the Notary PoA Network could act as an Oracle (in the smart contract sense) for signing-off on the applications for these new PoA networks, that would include attesting to the credentials for both the initial membership applications and for on-boarding future ones.
An applicant would fill out a paper form, referencing and perhaps attaching paper copies of their educational and active license information, sign and get it officially notarized with one of the members of the Notary Network, and as a separate service, the Member Validator would record the reference information on the Notary blockchain, including pointers to the scans of the notarized application and attached documentation.
To make a go of this model, we would create a New PoA Network application form, and formulate templates for a Membership application for the new network. An online mechanism to generate a Membership application suitable to the new field would help. Once a minimum number of individuals (that we set, say at 3) decide to organize such a network, they would jointly file the New Network application with the Notary Network, attaching their individual Membership applications, which have been already notarized and registered on the Notary blockchain.
One can see how such professional PoA networks could have non-profit, community, educational, and commercial uses. The Notary PoA network would get compensated, in tokens, for the time and effort. Individual Validators are compensated as Notaries for the notary component of the individual Application, and separately for the filing on the Notary blockchain. Internally, we can decide how the Network compensation tokens are allocated to the overall network needs, like development or bug bounties, cloud hosting costs, etc. vs. the Validators who took the time to guide the New Network application through its lifetime. Initially, we can simply create a slush fund for the network needs, that Validators could also donate some tokens to, and revisit the topic in three months.
Separately from the overall Notary Network, training, support or IT services can be offered to the new Network or to the Validators, pro-bono or commercially, by any individuals, including some Notary Validators.
You can see that we’d need a method of storing document scans securely and permanently, likely using an existing blockchain-based file storage service, or perhaps cloning one and shaping it to our own needs. Since Notary blockchain recording services will likely extend beyond recording applications for new networks, we need to consider a minimal taxonomy that would lead to non-ambiguous representation of the machine readable portion of the records.
Semantic blockchain, anyone?
Inevitably, a question of token exchanges between ETH, POA, some file storage coin, and the tokens on the new PoA networks will come up. I am interested in participating in the design and implementation of a distributed exchange to support this functionality and have certain qualifications, though not from the Ethereum domain.
Regarding the Intellectual Property rights to these ideas and to their expression, I hereby claim the copyright, and donate and grant to Igor Barinov a perpetual free non-exclusive license, that includes his ability to create derivative works. Igor may do with it what he chooses, but hopefully he will advance the cause of the Notary PoA network and the PoA networks everywhere.