About Dat

Dat is a nonprofit-backed community & open protocol for building apps of the future. The Dat Project imagines a web of commons created by global communities on open and secure protocols. We set out to improve access to public data and created a new protocol along the way, read more at datprotocol.com. In our work on developing Dat, we found a under-served need. Decentralized software has potential to return control of digital information to the people. Today, building peer-to-peer applications presents both technical and ethical challenges but Dat is slowly changing that.

To encourage people to experiment and innovate with decentralized technology, we aim to make Dat foundational software for peer-to-peer applications – one that is sponsored by a mission-driven nonprofit. To realize this future, we aim to make Dat good at supporting the core needs of peer-to-peer applications. We hope that with our small but critical focus, we can create a strong building block for the Dat ecosystem.

The first code went into Dat on August 17, 2013. Throughout its history, Dat has had a primary focus on Dat sharing in civic data and research, only recently with a wider focus on more general decentralized applications. Dat has been almost exclusively funded by grants from private foundations, read more on the funding history.

Supporters

Dat Project is sponsored by Code for Science & Society, a U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit. We've received funding from the Knight Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Dat Project Governance Team

The Dat Project Governance Team supports the strategy and vision for Dat Project, led by core Dat Project members and long-time outside contributors. This group is also involved in financial and legal decisions regarding the Dat Project in collaboration with Code for Science and Society. Learn more about Dat Project governance.

Mathias Buus

Mathias Buus


Karissa McKelvey

Karissa McKelvey


Danielle Robinson, PhD

Danielle Robinson, PhD


Joe Hand

Joe Hand


Dat Protocol Working Group

The Dat Protocol Working Group advances the protocol development and third-party implementations. This group documents all aspects of the Dat Protocol specification and makes decisions regarding protocol changes. Learn more about the Dat Protocol working group.

Mathias Buus

Mathias Buus

Tara Vancil

Tara Vancil

Paul Frazee

Paul Frazee

Karissa McKelvey

Karissa McKelvey

Danielle Robinson, PhD

Danielle Robinson, PhD

Joe Hand

Joe Hand

Brian Newbold

Brian Newbold

Key Community Collaborators

Dat Project is driven forward by many community members, most contributing as volunteers. These key collaborators contribute maintainance and development to core pieces of the Dat ecosystem.

Max Ogden

Max Ogden


Yoshua Wuyts

Yoshua Wuyts


Jim Pick

Jim Pick


Alumni

Kristina Schneider

Kristina Schneider

Julian Gruber

Julian Gruber

Chia-liang Kao

Chia-liang Kao

Melanie Cebula

Melanie Cebula

Portia Burton

Portia Burton

Bruno Vieira

Bruno Vieira

Yuhong Wang

Yuhong Wang

Juan Batiz-Benet

Juan Batiz-Benet

Finn Pauls

Finn Pauls