[Proposal Round 13] Athena Data Brokerage Project

Project Name:

Athena Data Brokerage Project

Grant Category & Funding Request:

| Category | % of Total |

[Unleash Data] - 15 %
|[Outreach] |- 75%|
[Core Tech] - 5%

[ Total Funding] - 3,000$

Proposal in 1 Sentence:

A data brokerage who’s primary objective is to drive inflows of data and datasets to the ocean platform through the development of partnerships with data producers and data scientists, while spreading awareness through professional networking and social media.

Description, what problem is it meant to solve:

[ Unleash Data ] [ Outreach ]

Ocean is in dire need of quality datasets, and not just a few, but many and often. And not just any old data, but useful , valuable, desirable data as well. Information is all around us, just waiting to be aggregated and distilled into usefulness. OCEAN brought the power of the platform, so that Athena could bring wisdom to the people.

DTC marketing brands, non-profit research collectives, independent data scientists analysts and
developers are all prime examples of those who don’t yet understand the power that OCEANprotocol has to commodify their data and enable their work in ways previously unimagined. That is where Athena comes in. We want to help show the power of the ocean platform to those who may not be ready right now, in order to hasten the day that they will open an OCEAN wallet of their own.

We seek to provide tailored partnerships with data providers coupled with expert curation of quality data assets and machine learning models. develop a network flow of quality data for a diverse range of applications from marketing optimization, to ML modeling, to scientific research and exploration.

Data Provider: is here used to describe any entity which is the source of data that Athena either brokers, or aggregates. examples below.

  • Digital Marketing Firms
  • Non-Profit Research Initiatives
  • Independent Data Scientist
  • Data Engineers & Developers

Grant Deliverable’s:

[Core Technology]

  • R&D IPNS / IPFS repository management application which makes use of a similar UI to that of Qri.cloud for file versioning , file package structure, and automated data transformation’s.

[Unleash Data]

  • Data Asset Project Roadmap
  • test dApp hosted marketplace using an ICP cannisters


  • Create an educational Social media presence in the data science and machine learning domain across Medium, Linkedin, and Twitter as well as web3 social platforms in order to establish partnerships a brokerage of high quality machine learning ready data assets
    • Publish professionally written articles highlighting use cases for oceanprotocol.
    • Host social media engagement challenges with prize giveaways.
    • Reach a followership of 500 combined users across media outlets within the first month.

Final Product:

Athena will establish itself as a broker of data using OceanProtocol with a presence in professional data science and machine learning communities, Athena will coordinate the aggregation and publication of quality data assets while working closely with dApps native to the platform to encourage mutual growth and success with the intention of building a dApp for data brokers to manage their accounts and assets. Athena will help onboard new users to the ocean platform through outreach and education and will work to increase

Value Added:

We will be increasing the volume of quality data hosted on the platform while at the same time growing awareness and spreading education on the use of the Ocean ecosystem dApps like those currently in development by DataSwap, and DataOnshore., DataWhale and others. We will be creating audiences in the data science/ engineering and non profit research sectors while driving the creation of valuable data assets that establish ocean as well known tool for machine learning developers.

Eventually Athena will build its own dApp for the management and curation of data sets and sources with integrations designed to enable future data brokers, or will partner with an existing dApp for the creation of such tools. We will do the hard work of introducing the oceanprotocol to those communities that most need and least understand it while bringing in demand data to the marketplace.


Assets Published , TVL, Active Users.

  • Viability: This project can only fail if I do, but I learn from failure and respond to it quickly, so no it will not fail. The mission is one of equity and information. It will be accomplished.

Wallet Address:


Project Members:

Role: Project Lead
Name: Timothy L Carter, United States.
Background: Environmental Data Scientist
Location: Denver, Colorado.
Email: info@athenaequity.io

Role: Head of Tokenomics
Name: Steven Miller
Location: Pennsylvania - Unites States.
Background: Market Analyst
Email: bandanasteve@athenaequity,io

website: you guessed it… athenaequity.io

Previous Grants:

We have not received any grants from the project so far.

Which channels will be used? For how long? E.g. “twitter, for 8 weeks”. Other details?

Platform Weeks Content
Twitter 6+ Engagement Contests
Medium 6+ Professional Articles
Distrikt 6+ Professional Networking
Dsocial 6+ Educational Material
Youtube 6+ Educational Material
Linkedin 6+ Professional Networking

Which Ocean-powered data market will data be published on?

We plan to publish our data directly to the OceanMarketplace as well as to partner with relevant marketplaces like dexFreight whenever possible. Athena’s goal is to increase both data publication, and data consumption in the long term and will work to host its data assets wherever with OCEAN partners whenever possible.

I wanted to reference this earmark specifically, for at the start we are networking as the earmark suggests, and then will be exploring these listed integrations.

( a reference to the core tech earmark that inspired our proposal to begin with )

"First-class integration plus community engagement with data science tech communities. Any of the following: HuggingFace, eLeuther, fastAI, OpenMined, TensorFlow and variants, PapersWithCode, Scikit-learn, Anaconda, OpenML, Kaggle, or (any other similar - please suggest to us!). Example for scikit-learn: imagine “import sklearn.ocean”. USPs: provenance of data & compute for scientific reproducibility and GDPR, private compute on open datasets, sell algorithms and keep them private (on open data), and ultimately an “Ocean” of all datasets & algorithms (possible with incentives)."

edited for typo’s-1/1/22
edited-1/2/22 added email contact
edites-1/4/22 refined deliverables


Hi Tim, welcome to the Ocean Ecosystem. This is a great proposal and I look forward to learning more about it in the project guidance working group :slight_smile:

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Thank you for your submission to R13!

We have registered your proposal, but your wallet right now does not include 500 Ocean as part of the required criteria to be accepted for a grant. Please add the required 500 Ocean on Ethereum main net to your wallet by the deadline.


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Working on that now! Thank you so much for registering my proposal!

Update: I have recruited a tokenomics advisor for the project and Im happy to say that it is my long time peer who is actually the first person to get me to understand why blockchain would change the world all those years ago. Steve’s participation in the project will help us to provide better management the data assets we bring to oceanP. And his Evangelism on behalf of the project will help to dramatically increase our productivity!

Name: Steven Miller,
Location: Pennsylvania - Unites States.
Occupation: Market Analyst
Role: Head of Tokenomics

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Also, we are working to get the requisite OCEAN in the given wallet address asap.

Hi @SwarthyHatter,

Thank you for applying for R-13!

After all the due considerations, Your proposal has been registered into the system and everything looks great!

We have attempted to make your first grant easy to earn (you are registered in the New Entrant Earmark) I would also recommend one (or all) of the following to increase support:

  1. Saying hi to the community in #ocean-dao and sharing your proposal.

  2. Saying hi to members of the #project-guiding WG and sharing your proposal.

  3. Meet with the Evaluators assigned to you by the #project-guiding WG.

  4. Attend a Town Hall or Project-Guiding WG meeting to talk about your project and proposal.

If you need any additional support please let me know

All the best!



Hello @SwarthyHatter,

Please notice that we are updating the funding process for R13 and there are important things for you to know. We will be deploying an update to the Ocean Website, where you will be able to claim your grant on your own time.
Funding the smart contract may take ~2 days after Voting Ends. There will still be a funding deadline of 2 weeks to claim your grant.
You will need a web3 wallet + Airtable to complete the process. Grant requests via request.finance will be deprecated.

You can find all instructions here: https://github.com/oceanprotocol/oceandao/wiki/Request-Grant-Guidelines
You will have until January 10th to update your proposal with all required fields.

Please let us know if you experience any issues or bugs. You can also submit tickets to Github and ping us inside of ocean-dao-engineering for any help. Thank you!

I loved your energy, enthusiasm and ideas in our call yesterday and am looking forward to continue collaborating.

You have my support!


I want to thank Timothy and the team for joining our calls and helping to increase data-brokerage activities inside of Ocean Protocol.

You have my support!

Hello @SwarthyHatter,

As part of the Project Guiding - Working Group [PG-WG], We would like to congratulate on your sustained interest in the OceanDAO and for winning the R13 grant.

We also encourage you and your team to be part of our PG-WG Guiding group as an Attendee as well as being part of guiding the newcomers of PG-WG and OceanDAO. Say hello to us at https://discord.gg/kujC2QK9 #Project-Guiding and refer to the pinned messages to find more information regarding the WG.



[Deliverable Checklist]

  • [ x ] R&D IPNS / IPFS repository management application which makes use of a similar UI to that of Qri.cloud for file versioning , file package structure, and automated data transformation’s
    • See full report for a review of the key factors inhibiting IPFS deployment with Ocean Market
  • [ 55% ] Create an educational Social media presence in the data science and machine learning domain across Medium, Linkedin, and Twitter as well as web3 social platforms in order to establish partnerships a brokerage of high quality machine learning ready data assets.
    • Athena Equity has successfully developed a presence on the following social media with a focused and organic followership.
    • As of the time of this writing our total combined followers across social media platforms are 269 and growing.
    • We attribute not reaching our stated goal of 500 followers to our decision to postpone the publication of video content on You-tube and Dsocial until after the completion of our initial project roadmap. We are anticipate that we will meet and overtake the 500 follower mark by the 2nd week of February
    • For more information see our social media analytics provided in our full R13 report.
  • [ x ] Data Asset Project Roadmap
    • See our R14 proposal for an in depth look at our current project roadmap to develop end to end ESG data verification solutions and associated data assets.
  • [ x ] Test dApp hosted marketplace using an ICP cannisters
    • This test was successful and the next step is to conduct a cost analysis for feasibility of hosting managed data repositories on ICP.


Thank you for submitting your Deliverable Checklist @SwarthyHatter! Airtable is now updated and your Proposal is set to Complete.

All the best!

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