Metro

Universal data collection, powered ethically by your users

Metro is a new way to collect data. High quality data, in real-time, from any website on the internet.

The way it works is simple: your users generate the data you need in real-time, and share it with you.

People generate data using DataSources, community-made, open-source data-generation plugins. Anyone can make one!

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Hi folks, delighted to be making my first ProductHunt post! I started building Metro about 10 months ago. I wanted to build a personalized AI for learning languages - my final year university project -, but I couldn't access the data I needed. Metro is simply a data collection platform. It allows you to collect data from any website, through your users. This means that your users generate that data you need via a browser extension, and send it to you in real-time. It's designed to be mutually beneficial: you can collect new, useful data, while your users get to have control over their data for the first time ever. It can also be used to create open datasets, where all contributors can access all of the data. Feel free to ask any questions!
Wow clever idea. Interesting would be to find out to what extent the big US tech giants could be threatened if they no longer have a monopoly on the global data.
@nick_nott It will probably be quite scary for the tech giants. They are essentially data-generation companies and this is diluting their power by distributing it to every internet user. However, I'm more focused on the kinds of innovative startups we might see being built on an open platform for generating data.
I can't tell - is this data tokenization - ie. sharing data = mining?
@elizabethhunker No tokenization, it's not a blockchain application and data is not being bought/sold. It's literally just data collection for companies. You - the end user - create data and send it to a company, and they give you access to their product in return. This is the same way that data collection works right now, except you are the one generating the data instead of the company. Does that answer your question?
@rorytbyrne That's sounds pretty fantastic & uncomplicated - good answer, and appreciated.
@elizabethhunker awesome! It's great to hear that! :)
This is such a great idea!
@brendan_cluskey Thanks! Decentralization is nothing new though - YouTube did it to the TV industry, AirBnB did it to the hotel industry, the Internet itself decentralized media distribution. Data is just the logical next step, for me.

It will be cool to see how this develops over time!

Pros:

It's a cool idea, mutually beneficial for users and for businesses!

Cons:

It's kind of difficult to understand how GDPR affects this style of data collection