A Decentralized Data Exchange Protocol to Unlock Data for AI

Ocean Protocol is kickstarting a Data Economy by breaking down data silos and equalizing access to data for all.

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Ocean Protocol unlocks data

Data Providers

Unlock your data and earn revenue.


Data Consumers

Discover and buy data.

What is Ocean Protocol?

Ocean Protocol is an ecosystem for sharing data and services. It provides a tokenized service layer that exposes data, storage, compute and algorithms for consumption with a set of deterministic proofs on availability and integrity that serve as verifiable service agreements. There is staking on services to signal quality, reputation and ward against Sybil Attacks. Ocean Protocol helps to unlock data, particularly for AI. It is designed for scale and uses blockchain technology that allows data to be shared and sold in a safe, secure and transparent manner.

How Ocean Protocol Works

The Ocean Protocol is an ecosystem of data assets and services. Assets are data and algorithms. Services are the integration, processing, computation and storage. Ocean Protocol facilitates discovery by storing and promoting metadata, linking assets and services, and providing a licensing framework with pricing. Any data marketplace can hook into Ocean Protocol to provide “last mile” services, connecting data providers and consumers. Ocean Protocol is designed so that data owners cannot be locked-in to any single marketplace and the data owner controls each dataset.

The essential tech details

Learn about the components of the Ocean Protocol software stack and how to use them.



November 2017 *

  • Ocean Token seed distribution
  • Technical Primer
  • Marketplace Framework


February 2018 *

  • Technical Whitepaper
  • Business Whitepaper


March 2018 *

  • Ocean Token pre-launch distribution
  • Singapore, Lead Customers, Advisors

Network Beta

Q4 2018 *

  • Tethys beta (v0.9) test network deployed

Network Launch

Q1 2019 *

  • Tethys (v1.0) network deployed
  • AI/Data/Community activated

Learn how Ocean Protocol works

Technical Whitepaper

This paper presents Ocean Protocol. Ocean is a decentralized protocol and network of artificial intelligence (AI) data/services. It incentivizes for a vast supply of relevant AI data/services.
The heart of Ocean’s network is a new construction called Proofed Curation Markets (PCMs). PCMs bridge predicted relevance with actual relevance of each AI service, by combining curation markets with cryptographic proofs.

Business Whitepaper

This document presents a summary of the business model and ecosystem of Ocean Protocol. In addition, it describes the logic behind the Ocean utility token and the economics incentives driving the Protocol.
It is complementary to the technical whitepaper for Ocean Protocol.

Marketplace Framework

This document presents a summary of the core marketplace attributes and components required to facilitate the successful deployment of the decentralized data exchange protocol and network called Ocean Protocol.
It is complementary to the technical whitepaper for Ocean Protocol.

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Mission Statement

Society is becoming increasingly reliant on data, especially with the advent of AI. However, a small handful of organizations with both massive data assets and AI capabilities have become powerful with control that is a danger to a free and open society.

Ocean Protocol aims to unlock data, for more equitable outcomes for users of data, using a thoughtful application of both technology and governance.

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In 2016, the world produced 16 ZB of data, but only 1% was analyzed — this needs to change.

data locked

A lack of trust prevents data sharing

Centralized data exchanges fail because they lack fair and flexible pricing mechanisms, data providers lose control over their assets, and there is a lack of transparency in how the data is used. So data remains locked up due to a lack of trust.

Use case: autonomous vehicles

A leading use case for proprietary data is autonomous (self-driving) vehicles. The RAND Corporation calculated that 500 billion to 1 trillion miles driven are needed to get AI models accurate enough for production deployment of self-driving cars.

Our collaborators at Toyota Research Institute (TRI) saw that it would be prohibitively expensive for each automaker to generate that much data on its own. The answer would be to pool data via marketplaces.

Then the challenge is, a single data marketplace may itself be centralized: we arrive at another data silo. We need a substrate that enables many data marketplaces to emerge. This is the goal of Ocean Protocol. Critical new benefits emerge: higher liquidity for each marketplace, and organizations are directly incentivized to pool data rather than silo it.

data unanalyzed

AI advances six times faster, when data is available

AI models have limited accuracy and usability without appropriate data. Ocean Protocol will unlock more data for AI. This should lead to more breakthroughs to help society. Ocean Protocol gives the tools to unlock the remaining 99% of untapped data.

Use case: medical data

We are working with ConnectedLife, a diagnostics and wearables company, who are working with hospitals in Munich, Singapore, and Australia on a Parkinson’s research study. The goal is to build models based on patient data spanning these hospitals.

A data marketplace makes it easier to connect the data suppliers; and it must be decentralized to avoid the siloing issue. The extra challenge here is data protection: German data protection laws prevent the Munich Hospital from transferring the raw data out of Germany.

Only a handful of companies today have both Data and AI

data unavailable

AI start-ups and researchers are drowning in algorithms, but lack data. The opposite is true for many large corporations. Ocean Protocol is the bridge between these two sides. By bringing together data and AI, Ocean Protocol will unlock a trillion-dollar market for data sharing.

Use case: computer vision

Our vision is to grow a massive set of data assets, all free for the planet to use. We’ve seen glimpses of the power of this.

ImageNet is an open dataset with over 10 million tagged images—much larger than previous open image datasets. It has allowed AI researchers to train image classifiers with radically less error than before, for dozens of computer vision applications. Providing Data Commons on Ocean Protocol would benefit the whole world, providing accessible data to anyone.

The People Building Ocean Protocol

Ocean Protocol is being built by a diverse ecosystem of contributors who share a common vision of unlocking data for AI. Our core team and advisors have converged from many different countries, industries, and backgrounds to collaborate on kickstarting a New Data Economy.

Core team

The Ocean Protocol core team combines a deep background in big data, blockchain, artificial intelligence and data exchanges, with real-world business experience as entrepreneurs, designers and technologists who have started over 20 companies.

Bruce Pon

Daryl Arnold

Chirdeep Chhabra

Trent McConaghy

Don Gossen

Dimitri De Jonghe

Cristina Pon

Aitor Argomaniz

Irene Lopez De Vallejo

Paul Galwas

John Enevoldsen

Sheridan Johns

Emily Hirschberg

Mike Anderson

Patty Lee

Matthias Kretschmann

Ricardo Garcia

Yvonn Ong

Timothy Ley

Fang Gong

Troy McConaghy

Chalid Mannaa

Kiran Karkera

Alessandra Albano

Chris Lee

Ahmed Ali

Aishwarya Nair

Jernej Pregelj

Kyriakos Zannikos

Alexandra Au Yong

Ervin Tham

Sarah-Jean Vallon

Artur Gomer

Masha McConaghy

Daniel Lustig

Malte Sielski


Our advisors are a group of truly world-class and talented thinkers and doers who are bringing their capabilities and expertise to help launch a Data Economy around Ocean. All the advisors are leaders in their space and their experience spans the range of industries that need to grapple with the disruptive power of data, AI and blockchain.

From 2015 until now, Meltem has provided strong guidance on our fundraising and go-to-market strategies. As we moved from ascribe.io to BigchainDB and now to Ocean Protocol, her wisdom has been invaluable.More info

Meltem Demirors

Chief Strategy Officer at CoinShares, Head of CS Treasury

Carsten shares deep insights on IoT, energy and identity solutions that can integrate into Ocean Protocol, as well as giving us his futuristic viewpoints to help us see around the corner.More info

Dr. Carsten Stöcker

CEO Spherity & Interlinked Protocol

Sebastian gave us great insights in their Token Curation development such as the graded TCR. More importantly, many of their developments, research and insights are being widely shared in the open source community.More info

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Gajek

Co-founder & CTO Weeve

Adam is both, a world-class data scientist and a world-class manager of data scientists & engineers.More info

Adam Drake

CEO Atazzo

We are excited about Chris’ insight and guidance on how we can further the goals of MOBI by using Ocean Protocol as a secure, data exchange protocol for solving mobility challenges.More info

Chris Ballinger

CEO & Founder MOBI

Jason Teutsch is the founder of TrueBit. He is a mathematician and computer scientist whose research focuses on distributed systems security, game theory, and algorithmic randomness.More info

Jason Teutsch

CEO & Founder TrueBit

We’re working closely with Peter to provide seamless and powerful tooling for data scientists, to co-create a future that equalizes the opportunity to access data & AI services.More info

Peter Wang

CTO & Co-Founder Anaconda Inc.

To be announced...

To be announced...


The Ocean Protocol Ambassador Program is a grassroots project to involve our incredible community of thinkers, learners, and problem-solvers into the very core of our ecosystem. It is a chance for passionate individuals to be on the frontlines of the data revolution. We are excited to bring onboard motivated, curious, and interesting people based all around the world, who are passionate about decentralization, challenging the status quo, and equalizing access to data for all. There are a wide range of ways to get involved once you become an Ambassador, and plenty of great reasons to apply, including:

  • Be a part of the inner circle of Ocean
  • Direct impact on shaping our global community
  • Gain valuable new skills and experiences
  • Exclusive webinars and video calls with the Ocean team
  • Exclusive Telegram Group & chance to be featured on our blog
  • First to know about opportunities to earn Ocean tokens
  • Plenty of Ocean swag!

The companies trusting Ocean Protocol

We work closely with our collaborators to iterate on the network's underlying technology. The following projects either have an agreement with Ocean Protocol or are actively working on integrating their project with Ocean Protocol.


Fitchain allows organizations to publish their business challenges and connect to data scientists who effectively work on a solution.Visit website


Enigma is using groundbreaking privacy technologies to build the first platform for scalable, end-to-end decentralized applications.Visit website


Ocean Protocol will help bring data and information to the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE® participants.Visit website

MOBI - Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative

Using blockchain and related technologies to make mobility safer, greener, and more accessible.Visit website


Couger is building the integrated autonomous technology platform Connectome, which integrates AI, IoT, Robotics, and Blockchain to achieve search, prediction and seamless payment execution in the autonomous world.Visit website


Messari is building an open data library and curation tools that help researchers, investors, and regulators make sense of the cryptoasset industry.Visit website

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