Cryptographic tokens running on DLT systems will soon form an integral part of various major economic sectors (financial markets, information and media, manufacturing and trade, etc.). As such they are going to provide utility and value in many different forms to business and society as a whole. Moreover, cryptographic tokens are also on the verge of representing a recognized institutional asset class. Yet, the current token markets still lack a tangible and holistic framework for the identification, classification and analysis of different token types, which leads to economic, technological as well as regulatory uncertainty and a lack of transparency for all players involved.
With the objective of addressing these shortcomings, the International Token Standardization Association (ITSA) aims at implementing comprehensive market standards for the global token economy including but not limited to the following three integral building blocks:
The association will provide ITC, ITIN and a sample version of TOKENBASE free of charge for personal non-commercial use. Commercial or academic use require a license, which is granted as integral part of the ITSA membership.
ITSA provides multiple sets of databases. Some of them are for free, others are only available for ITSA members. The TOKENBASE includes also links to third-party data providers such that data included in TOKENBASE can easily be linked to third-party datasets. From an IT perspective, these linkages can also be called “foreign keys”.
TOKENBASE is provided in multiple data formats to ease the application of these datasets. For example, data is provided in Excel/CSV format which can be used widely. Next, ITSA provides data in DTA format to comply with the statistical software Stata. Finally, data is provided also in a format that can easily be used within R or Python. The goal of ITSA is to make data available widely such that, ideally, interested persons or researchers can use the data with one “double click”.
TOKENBASE, ITC and ITIN data can be downloaded with the following links. In general the file structure looks as follows:
Therefore ITSA provides easy to use datasets which can be used with a double click. You are welcome to try it out. Open the following file (takes 1 minute) to see a basic dataset about the top 5 tokens (based on a snapshot as of 2019-01-01):
If you click on this link, you can download one of our basic datasets: token characteristics and daily/weekly data from token markets (i.e., prices, volumes, market capitalizations) of the top 5 tokens (e.g., Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple).
If you, for example, open the first file of this list, you can easily access basic data of the Bitcoin (and other top 5 tokens). The following table indicates the name of the token, the price (in USD), the market capitalization (in USD), the volume (in USD) and the currently circulating supply. ITSA gained this data from Coingecko. As follows, this is a snapshot of the file exhibiting daily token market data: “20190414_itsa_tokenbase_top5_wtd302_token_daily.xls”.
After leaving your email address in the form below you will gain access to the sample data in multiple data formats. This service is free. The ITIN directory includes the current version of the ITIN; both in Excel format and also in further file formats. The TOKENBASE directory includes various file depending on the sophistication of the user: