The Block Protocol (Þ) Hub provides an easy way to discover, access and publish blocks, types, and services for free.
The Þ Hub exists because interoperability without discoverability is of limited use. By providing a persistent, precictable, and reliable open-source reference point for the discovery of new Þ-compatible content, creators need only publish their work once, while embedding applications can easily discover new blocks, types and services, making them instantly available to their own users.
There are two ways to access the Þ Hub:
blockprotocol.org/hub: no account is required to browse and test blocks
The Block Protocol itself is an open-source standard. As a core principle of its existence, the Þ Hub is offered as a convenience to protocol users, and is not a required part of the protocol. Anybody can build a protocol-compliant block or application without ever connecting to or using the Þ Hub.
In the future, we'd like to decentralize the Þ Hub. It's likely we'll attempt this through a federated (server-to-server, or "ActivityPub style") mechanism, but we're focusing first on proving out the protocol's utility and obtaining a base level of adoption.