Key Terms

Definitions of all relevant terms within the Vana ecosystem

Definitions of all relevant terms within the Vana ecosystem.


A network overlay validating real-time data transactions within Vana’s ecosystem, ensuring cross-DLP data access and interoperability with other networks.

$DAT (depreciated)

$DAT or Data Autonomy Token is now $VANA, the native token of the Vana ecosystem.

Data Consumer

An entity that queries DLPs to access high-quality datasets for purposes such as AI model training, paying with pool tokens that are burned upon transaction.

Data Contributor

A user who submits data to DLPs, adhering to set standards, and receives rewards for valuable data contributions.

Data Custodian

An entity that hosts and facilitates data contributions, ensuring compliance with regulations and providing encryption to protect data privacy.

Data Liquidity Layer

The layer where data is contributed, validated, and recorded into data liquidity pools (DLPs), facilitating data transactions.

Data Liquidity Pool (DLP)

An aggregation of similar data assets within the Vana network, operating as a peer-to-peer network with validators ensuring data integrity and quality.

Data Transaction

Submissions to the Vana network including metadata and encrypted storage locations, ensuring contributors retain control over their data.

DLP Smart Contract

Contracts deployed within DLPs that handle the validation and consensus process for data contributions.

Model Influence Function

A function measuring the impact of a data contribution on a machine learning model's performance, used within the Proof of Contribution system.

Nagoya Consensus

A mechanism incentivizing validators to agree on data quality and value within a DLP, rewarding those whose evaluations align with others.

Non-Custodial Data Portability

A feature allowing users to move their data and models across applications without interference, ensuring privacy and censorship resistance.

Personal Server

A user-operated server storing private data off-chain, enabling secure local training of models without exposing raw data.

Proof of Contribution (PoC)

A system validating the integrity and quality of data within DLPs using validators who evaluate and score data contributions.


A network participant responsible for writing data transactions to the blockchain, maintaining network consensus, and earning fees for their work.

Root Network

The governance layer overseeing DLPs, distributing rewards, and ensuring network compliance.


The current information about the DLP, including node status, scores, and block numbers.

User-Owned Foundation Model

A collaborative model governed by data-contributing users, where each user trains part of the model on their personal server and is rewarded based on their contribution.


A participant who verifies data authenticity and quality within a DLP, rewarded for accurate evaluations and governed by the Nagoya Consensus mechanism.


A decentralized data liquidity network enabling users to own and monetize their data through a trustless open data economy.

VANA Token ($VANA)

The native token of the Vana Network is called $VANA. The token is used to pay for transaction fees (so-called gas fees) and will be generated by creating new blocks.

$VANA is not available on the Satori Testnet. Instead, Vana Points are used to fuel network activity. VANA POINTS ON TESTNET HOLD NO VALUE, ARE NOT CONVERTIBLE TO $VANA, AND ARE NOT INDICATIVE OF A FUTURE AIRDROP.

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