The team behind Ocean Protocol continues to improve the software and services at all levels: smart contracts, libraries, and marketplaces / applications. This page shows progress made thus far, where we’re headed, and Ocean whitepapers. The 2021 roadmap blog post has further detail for 2021.


November 2017


February 2018


March 2018


August 2018

v1 Alpha (Trilobite)

December 2018

v1 Beta (Tethys)

April 2019

v1 Pacific


Enterprise Marketplace (beta)

March 2020

  • Decentralized/non-custodial data marketplace

  • Customizable marketplace for data providers

  • Deployed with a strategic partner

v2 Compute-to-Data

May 2020

  • Unlock private data while preserving privacy, by bringing compute to the data

  • Integrated with Enterprise Marketplace: buy & sell private data while preserving privacy

v3 Datatokens

October 2020

  • Platform refactored for simplicity featuring datatokens and Balancer pools

  • Running on Ethereum Mainnet

  • Updated token design in smart contracts including incentives and staking

  • Ocean Market (beta) as a community marketplace to buy & sell datasets, and introducing Initial Data Offerings (IDO)


December 2020

Fix gas costs

Q1 2021

  • Deploy Ocean contracts and other components on a second chain -- Polygon

  • Ocean Market users can buy and sell data assets on Ethereum mainnet and on Polygon

  • Addresses the exceedingly high gas costs found on Ethereum mainnet

  • Includes an OCEAN bridge between Ethereum mainnet and Polygon

Better dev onboarding

Q1 2021

Compute-to-Data in Ocean Market

April 2021


Q2 2021

  • Marketplaces can control which actors can publish assets in that marketplace, view assets, and consume data assets

  • Fine-grained permissions via Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)

Multichain assets not siloed

Q2 2021

  • Enable Ocean Market users to see data assets across >1 chains at once

Data Farming 0.1

Q3 2021 *

  • A program to incentivize data consume volume

  • Start by allocating a modest amount of OCEAN, and allocate more in each cycle

V4 Data NFTs, Safer Staking

Q3 2021 *

  • NFT-ize base IP to enable transfer of base IP, support >1 revenue streams, and more

  • One-sided staking to greatly reduce risk of rug pull and impermanent losss

  • Help community monetize: 3rd party marketplaces can earn fees on from swapping, staking, and consuming, and have more control over fee rates

Ramp up Data Farming

Q4 2021 *

  • Scale up the OCEAN allocated, to drive data consume volume further

OCEAN-backed stablecoin

Q4 2021 *

  • Stablecoin backed by OCEAN

  • OCEAN-backed stablecoin in Ocean Market

Federated Learning

Q4 2021 *

  • Do analytics and build AI models across data silos

  • While preserving privacy and decentralized control

  • Via collaboration with Raven Protocol

Continuous improvements & growth

Ongoing *

  • Improve OceanDAO: streamline user flows and grow the amount funded over time, while retaining quality

  • Improve multi-chain: deploy to more chains, improve UX, and more

  • Improve data services: support more data services, including IDS Connectors, WebSockets, Chainlink, TheGraph, Streamr

* Software is sometimes hard to predict, so there might be delays. We will update projected dates once we are closer to a milestone's completion.

Ocean Papers

Technical Whitepaper

Thorough description of Ocean Protocol, in an academic flavor.