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Right now, there are collections in Ordinals marketplaces. For example:

But I failed to find the collection related params in the Ordinals' docs

So my questions are:

  1. Where are "collections" stored? Are they also stored on chain? or they are just indexed off chain?
  2. If on chain, how to write "metadata"-like info to specify the collections? What is the format?
  3. If off chain, are they indexed by creators or marketplaces, or both? How these indexes are passed/aligned across marketplaces?

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It appears to me that "collections" isn't something defined by the Ordinals protocol, and it's not something that gets stored on chain. Rather, there appear to be centralized repositories to which people can submit their collections to be indexed as such.

The Ordinals Wallet has a GitHub repository that accepts collection submissions via pull requests. OpenOrdex uses the same repository. Ordswap appears to be accepting them using a Discord bot. These use two very different submission formats. There might be other repositories, but these were the easiest to find. I am not sure if there is any exchange of data between the marketplaces, but I would guess that creators are expected to submit their collections to every marketplace where they want to be listed.

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    I see. That solves my confusions. Thanks Vojtěch!
    – Jeffrey Hu
    Mar 8, 2023 at 8:50

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