Launch of the SandLabs Project

August 3rd, 2021


Today marks the day that the SandLabs project officially launches. I created SandLabs to better structure my efforts in helping the BlockchainxData communities and connect with others who are interested in the same.


We at SandLabs hope to realize some help to communities such as the BlockchainxData community by sharing data scientific findings we unearth across the blockchain domain, in addition to creating helpful new software entities such as wallets, BlockchainxData-related software packages, and more.


Our Team


The SandLabs Team currently consists of:


Wyatt WalshFounder and Lead Developer
Ryan EpprechtChief of Operations, Editor

Our Vision


SandLabs aims to explore the blockchain domain via a data scientific lens to generate new insights and make helpful contributions to the BlockchainxData communities and beyond. The initial focus of our work will be data collection, extraction, and processing high quality data for future use. At first, this data will primarily come from social media and other API data sources and will focus on BlockchainxData-related topics, but could possibly expand once we attain high pipeline functionality and automation capabilities. Upon significant successful data extraction, we plan to conduct analysis across our collected datasets in the hopes of generating helpful BlockchainxData industry insights.


Data science can be a powerful tool to uncover hidden patterns and predict the future for necessary values. Automation of data scientific processes has become significantly more refined recently, and we hope that we can fully automate the data engineering aspects of our operation; this will enable both a greater breadth of data collection as well as leave more time available for data analysis.


In addition to sharing our insights with broader communities of BlockchainxData developers and practitioners, we hope that the insights we uncover will prove to be helpful leads towards the development of software that will not only help bring about blockchain technology's widespread adoption, but also realize its social benefit. Towards this end, we aim to prioritize ease of use, maximized privacy, and ultimate helpfulness in the design of our projects.


Progress + A Few Ideas So Far


In order to help accomplish the vision laid out above, we started with creating SandLabs.co, a website to help share our project and its creations with the world at large. In order to serve as a strong foundation for hosting future SandLabs projects, the site was implemented using the popular Next.js framework. This is tailored to SandLabs current needs, but can be expanded to support our growing interests. The architecture employed should enable us to easily include dynamic content in the future, such as data dashboards, helpful visualizations and animations, and more.


We hope to utilize a fully serverless cloud architecture that can scale as needed depending on our project's reception. Considered architectures would also be powerful enough to conduct complex artificial intelligence / machine learning application processes in addition to powering our user-facing applications. This architecture would house our extract, transform, load (ETL) data pipelines, as well as our analysis infrastructure and possibly server-side content rendering.


So far we have come up with a few possible directions for SandLabs to explore in the near future. We hope to maximize the impact of our data artifacts by listing them across data exchanges as well as conducting thorough preprocessing on the raw data we collect. To best compile these data artifacts, robust ETL pipelines will be utilized with full automation as a long-term design priority. These ETL pipelines will utilize a variety of different objects within their architecture such as databases (SQl and NoSQL), cloud functions, virtual machines, publication/subscription services, and more.


Apart from sharing our collected data itself, we also plan to conduct thorough data scientific analyses -- hopefully serving as the bedrock for data storytelling and helpful insight generation. Ideally, these data stories and insights will serve to help better inform the BlockchainxData communities and beyond.


We hope that our insight generation proves fruitful enough to also allow us to glean insights into possible software projects to move towards. Creating software entities such as decentralized applications or helpful developer packages -- or even simply a few smart contracts -- would be an awesome direction to see SandLabs expand its work.


To accomplish our vision we have started by launching SandLabs.co and applying for a grant from Ocean Protocol. If accepted, we hope to immediately start gathering data from various APIs and compiling a robust dataset that will be sold on Ocean.


Conclusion


We hope big things are in store for the future of SandLabs. We intend to dig up a few pearls amongst the data seas.


Make sure to stay on the lookout for the upcoming release of a few of our collected data assets as well as a couple blog posts explaining a bit about our projects