DataGrants: Permissionless Suggestion Box Kick-Off & Status

Program Lead: Evan Powell, from the OpenData Community
Time Frame: Now until March 2024
Grant Amount: 110,000 ARB to grant winners (first part of 150,000 ARB ODC program from Plurality Labs)

After some delays in getting the details of approvals completed, this program received its first transaction eight days ago, on January 19th. We launched outreach on January 26th. As outlined previously, the DataGrants program will allocate up to 110k ARB via the Permissionless Suggestion Box; we will also host an Anti-Fraud hackathon in March.

Our areas of focus are:

  • Networks of Influence and Grants analysis

Our objectives are at least threefold:

  1. Source useful analysis that improves learnings from the ongoing growth of the DAO
  2. Increase participation from data scientists in our DAO
  3. Experiment with the scaffolding of a micro Grants program

Please follow along and suggest work you’d like to see done examining grants and networks of influence including Sybils in the project repository here:

As a reminder, the basic structure of this program is as follows:
The program is based on Github to lower friction for our target personas, which are data analysts and scientists.


  • Council membership - initial list confirmed
  • Created draft of Hats & Snapshot for council member votes
  • Updated ReadMe and other materials for longer duration program
  • Added example Issue
  • Created a bounty board for issues once reviewed
  • Launched outreach on January 26th:

What to expect in the next two weeks:

  • First issues will be gathered
  • First review of issues

Feel free to get in touch directly or via this Forum with questions and suggestions. Our Discord channel where brainstorming & questions and so forth occur is here:


Loved to see this. Got some questions:

  1. Is the application window already open? The readme says January but nothing more specific.
  2. The process: Add an issue to the repo listed on github → they are judged and if applicable moved to dework and bounty attached → completed work added to github (via pull request?) → reviewed/judged by ODC → if fulfil criteria bounty paid out
  3. Are there limits to how many issues someone can open?
  4. Does the person who opened the issue (aka submitted the idea) have to complete the project?
  5. Can a person complete several bounties?
  6. Can companies/teams apply to complete one/several bounties?

Thank you @kbc - very helpful questions IMO.

  1. YES the application window is open.
  2. YES. That is the process. The completed work can be documented in response to the bounty via Github or other mechanism.
  3. No, there are no limits. The thinking is there will be a natural limit but let’s see!
  4. No - this is a crucial point. There is no requirement that someone with an idea who opens an issue should also try to address that issue.
  5. YES - yes please. Go go go!
  6. YES - teams can also work together.

Thanks again!


What is the allocation criteria for issues ? Is it for judges to decide or its a fixed allocation per issue worked on ?
Also what’s timeline like start and finish ?


Hey @Fresto1 this is an experiment and as such - we want to have as much flexibility as necessary but not too much. Along those lines, we have set expectations that the bounties will be in the $1k - $5k range.The last awarding of bounties will occur in mid-March so you can think of this as rewarding up to 6 weeks of focused effort.


Ok gotcha … so the proposed idea should be built out by march ? did I get it right ? and is there an upfront to start work if approved

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Data Grants Program - Update - 2nd week

As a reminder, our goal is to crowd-source useful analysis and related projects focused on grants analysis and networks of influence. In so doing we intend to test out various mechanisms while delivering insights useful for governance and grant funding.

Our goal has been to get to 20 fundable issues by the end of February at the latest. A little over 1 week in we have only 6 candidates. We are just starting outreach so I remain confident that we can achieve that goal.

This week our council will be voting on which of the 6 or more issues are worthy of having a bounty attached to them AND they will be voting on what the size of that bounty should be.

Our council has been established on Hats and a related Snapshot.

Hats: Tree #7 on Arbitrum One | Hats Protocol

Snapshot: Snapshot

If YOU have an idea of something you’d like someone to take a look at AND if you might want to do some analysis to make more transparent the operation of the Arbitrum DAO - please take a look, maybe add a comment to an issue or open one yourself.
Together we can - and will - further develop our collective muscle of seeing deeper into the behaviors of our DAO. This will improve the allocation of capital and also result in there being more tools in our ecosystem to help us make efficient decisions about governance, grant funding, planning, and more.


Wohoo, this is really exciting!!!

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Data Grants Program - Update - 3rd week

We are hitting our stride.

As a reminder, our goal is to crowd-source useful analysis and related projects focused on grants analysis and networks of influence. In so doing we intend to test out various mechanisms while delivering insights useful for governance and grant funding.

Last week I mentioned that we had a goal of getting to 20 issues by the end of February - and that we only had 6 at the time, having just launched.

I also mentioned that the council was planning to vote the end of last week on which issues would have bounties attached to them.

Well - we have already hit the goal in terms of the number of issues. We so far got to 22 total issues, of which 17-18 (one of them is being split into two) appear to be very high-quality issues.

In receiving these issues we actually risked being a victim of our success. Without some editing and grouping, we thought that the issues and bounties could have been confusing to data grants practitioners.

For this reason we decided to group the issues into two types:

  • data gathering issues > bounties
  • data analysis issues → bounties

After all, analysis relies upon data.

With that in mind, we are splitting the approximately 6 weeks we have left in the program.

Data gathering bounty submissions will be due March 3rd. Data analysis bounty submissions will be due March 24th.

Incidentally - I am tracking this and other lessons learned, including details on how to configure Github, Dework, Hats, and Discord, and other thoughts in a document that will be a part of our final report:

Here is the really good news. Once the council finishes voting in the next 48 hours - we will have some bounties that I’m convinced will result in some important steps forward in data gathering and analysis.

Snapshot voting:
[Snapshot](https://Snapshot of Council)

GitHub issues list, with coding for Data Gathering vs. Data Analysis issues:

Thank you to everyone following along and providing feedback and suggestions. The next steps are for builders to build and get ready to submit their solutions in a few weeks. The council will then select from those submissions up to 3 submissions per bounty to reward.


A quick update this week. Highlights include:

  • Votes on which bounties to fund - and how to allocate our funding across them - have been completed
  • Results from these were used to add the amount of the bounties to Dework
  • We know we have some builders working on both the Data Gathering section and the Data Analysis section; we need to ramp up further attention to attract more builders

Data Gathering submissions are due March 3rd.
Data Analysis submissions are due March 24th.

To learn more, ask questions, meet collaborators, and more - please drop into the channel we are using within the OpenData Community Discord.

Last but not least, the OpenData Community focus on this Permissionless Suggestion Box Data Grants program helped to catalyze the work to port a Grants Portal to support Arbitrum Grants. You can see progress on this work here: