The Ocean Protocol

An ecosystem for the data economy and associated services, with a tokenized service layer that securely exposes data, storage, compute and algorithms for consumption.

Data Providers

As a provider you can unlock your data and earn revenue.

Data Consumers

As a consumer you can discover and buy data.

Trustful Data Sharing

We bring together decentralized technology, a trust framework, and an ecosystem for data and related services. This allows for data to be shared while guaranteeing traceability, transparency, and privacy to enable data owners to maintain control of their data assets and access a wide range of marketplaces and services.

A Tokenized Service Layer

The Ocean protocol provides a tokenized service layer that offers 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. Discovery is facilitated by storing and promoting metadata, linking assets and services, and providing a licensing framework with pricing.

1001 Marketplaces

Any data marketplace can hook into Ocean to provide “last mile” services, connecting data providers and consumers. The Ocean protocol is designed so that data owners control each dataset and cannot be locked into any single marketplace.

The Mission to Unlock Data

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 attained worrying levels of control which is a danger to a free and open society. We aim to unlock data, for more equitable outcomes for users of data, using a thoughtful application of both technology and governance. Our team and community is committed to kick-starting a New Data Economy that reaches every single person, company and device, giving power back to data owners and enabling people to capture value from data to better our world.

Find out how Ocean Protocol can enable your business to unlock its data potential.

The essential tech details

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

Deep Dive Into Our Papers

Technical Whitepaper

This paper presents Ocean Protocol. Ocean is a decentralized protocol and network of artificial intelligence (AI) data/services. Ocean does decentralized orchestration: at its core are decentralized service agreements and decentralized access control, which execute on decentralized virtual machines. This allows connection to, monetization of, and curation of arbitrary data services. On that, Ocean adds network rewards to incentivize data sharing, including privacy-preserving data commons.

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v2.0 | Feb 2019

Business Strategy

This document presents a summary of the business model and ecosystem of Ocean Protocol. It is complementary to the technical whitepaper for Ocean Protocol.

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v0.7 | Apr 2019

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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v2.0 | Feb 2019

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Our roadmap outlining our plans and achievements in creating the Ocean Protocol network and building a community and ecosystem around it.


November 2017


February 2018


March 2018


August 2018

v1 Alpha (Trilobite)

December 2018

v1 Beta (Tethys)

April 2019

v1 Pacific


v2 Compute to the Data

March 2020 *

  • Beta version of Compute to the Data on cloud providers

  • New asset types supported in Ocean (algorithms and workflows)

  • Registration of Compute Services

  • CLI allowing to publish and execute algorithms in private data



  • Verification and Validation of conditions and service (cryptographic proofs)

  • Incentives / network rewards for different actors (including verifiers)



  • Bounties on-chain (DASH style model)

  • Clan governance (enable marketplace specific governance, group governance, etc.)



  • Fully permission-less Ocean Protocol

  • Balanced governance: transparent process for updating protocol that balances stakeholder needs (keepers, service providers, curators, validators)

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

Trent McConaghy

Razvan Olteanu

Cristina Pon

Sheridan Johns

Masha McConaghy

Matthias Kretschmann

Dev Pramoth

Beth McCarthy

Chalid Mannaa

Ahmed Ali

Manan Patel

Sarah-Jean Vallon

Daniel Lustig

Alex Coseru

NiMA Asghari


We have over 35 advisors spanning the globe, with recognized expertise in AI, blockchain, big data, business and policy. Advisors were carefully selected based on an alignment of values towards unlocking data and AI for society. Advisors work to build meaningful collaborations, refer potential business partners, integrate with the protocol, and provide guidance on governance.

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

Meltem Demirors

Chief Strategy Officer 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

Lawrence is exploring the intersections of artificial intelligence, blockchains and the internet of things. With a political background he leads Outlier Venture's thinking on governance in crypto networks.

Lawrence Lundy

Partner, Head of Research Outlier Ventures

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.

Andreas Mueller is one of the core creators of the beloved machine learning tool scikit-learn. We're proud to have him as an advisor to Ocean Protocol.More info

Andreas Mueller

Author of Introduction to Machine Learning with Python

Luis Cuende is the founder of Aragon- a network and tooling for blockchain governance, and one of the top experts in the blockchain spaceMore info

Luis Cuende

CEO Aragon One

Simon’s quick, curious, and broad-thinking mind will be helpful as we build & grow the Ocean ecosystem, in everything from incentives for data commons to price-setting for data markets.More info

Simon de la Rouviere

Pioneer of Curation Markets & TCRs

Azeem Azhar is a seasoned technologist & manager, and doesn’t shy away from making his case about what’s important and what we might do about it.More info

Azeem Azhar

Founder Exponential View

Amir is General Manager of the AI & Frontier Tech Initiatives group at XPRIZE Foundation. He is a leader in the global AI for Good movement, as epitomized by the global “AI for Good Global Summit” that he co-organizes.More info

Amir Banifatemi

Co-Founder AI for Good & General Manager AI XPrize

Ben is the CEO of the decentralized AI network SingularityNET, a blockchain-based AI platform company, and the Chief Scientist of Hanson Robotics. He also has decades of expertise applying AI to practical problems in areas ranging from natural language processing and data mining to robotics, video gaming, national security and bioinformatics.

Dr. Ben Goertzel

Founder SingularityNET

Franck Martins is the Head of the MCU (Microcontroller) Strategic Technical Marketing operations for STMicroelectronics’ Asia Pacific Region. He currently focuses on product roadmap definition, business and solution development for IoT (Internet-of-Things), Wearable, LPWAN, AI, and Smart-City applications.

Franck Martins

Head of the MCU, STMicroelectronics

Dr. Anastassia Lauterbach is a technology strategist possessing unique knowledge of the high-tech ecosystem, able to structure partnership agreements with global technology companies offering mutual advantage.

Dr. Anastassia Lauterbach

Independent Director Dun & Bradstreet

Mark is an operations and supply management executive with over 25 years experience building high performing teams while driving value chain transformation.

Mark Messow

Int'l MBA, CPA, Wharton Fellow

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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

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


Unilever Foundry is Unilever’s global platform for partnering with the world’s best startups to accelerate business innovation on a global scale. We identify and leverage the latest technologies from around the world, and exchange knowledge to solve business challenges through collaboration with Unilever.Visit website
Roche Diagnostics

Roche Diagnostics

Roche Diagnostics is a division of Roche which develops and integrates diagnostic solutions that address the challenges of today and anticipate the needs of tomorrow.Visit website


DCI is committed to build South East Asia’s most intelligent digital commerce data platform that enables brands & retailers to better understand and effectively drive their eCommerce Performance.Visit website
Data Natives

Data Natives

Data Natives brings together diverse strands of the global tech community. They aim to educate and inspire their 70,000+ community members, and motivate them to shape the innovations of tomorrow.Visit website

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 provides the tools to unlock the remaining 99% of untapped data, connecting them to AI, so we can develop more breakthroughs to help our society.

Use case: medical data

We are working with ConnectedLife, a company that provides IoT technology and solutions that revolutionize disease management for people living with chronic conditions and promote independent living.

Together with hospitals in Munich, Istanbul, and Singapore, Ocean Protocol provides ConnectedLife the tools to address the sharing of highly sensitive healthcare data while reconciling data privacy and protection laws, allowing it to build diagnostics and personalized treatment models from the hospitals’ Parkinson’s Disease patient data. Helping patients with Parkinson’s Disease to achieve better and personalised treatment.

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.

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