Getting started as a data seller

Open a data store

Opening your own store on Datafair is free of charge and comes with tools that you can use to build, manage, promote, and track your business. With an Datafair store, you can upload and display all your dataset listings in one convenient location. You will be given a link with your stores’ name within the Datafair domain.  You will have a dashboard for your store that allows you to monitor all orders, sales, and marketing efforts for promoting your datasets.

The basics for selling datasets

The Datafair marketplace is built upon the concept that the dataset seller wants to give people the right to use and build upon a dataset that they have created. This means that when you sell a dataset on the Datafair marketplace, you’re granting the buyer a license to use that dataset in certain ways, but you retain ownership of the specific dataset you are selling and can sell as many licenses to the dataset as you want. Basically, once you upload an dataset, it’s available to be purchased an unlimited number of times by members of the community.

Everything you sell on the marketplace must be yours to sell and if you use any assets that are owned by someone else, you must have a license that grants you permission to use and resell those assets.

In order to maintain a reputable marketplace, all datasets submitted to us will be reviewed and only approved if they meet the standards set by us. We want to make sure there is no non-anonymized personal data or any other data that is not allowed by our terms and conditions. You should ensure you are familiar with the dataset guidelines before you upload your dataset(s) to create the best listings possible.

The process for becoming a data seller


1.Register and check the “Apply to be a data seller” box

Fill in the registration form with your  user name, email and a password.  Check the box at the bottom of the registration form “Apply to become a data seller”.   Click the registration button.

2. Fill in the application form

After registration, you will be taken to a Seller Dashboard page to fill in some details concerning your store and yourself.  On the Vendor Application page you will be asked to fill in the name of your store. Enter the name that you would like to appear in the URL. The URL with your store name will appear within the domain. You will need to remember this URL to complete the forms for getting paid.

Fill in the name of your store on the Seller Dashboard. The store name is required.

Other fields are provided for more extensive descriptions yourself and your store

Below the descriptions there is a box where the URL for your store appears.  It will look something like this: . Remember you’ll need to keep your URL for your payout details forms (if you are an individual seller).

And finally, there are some fields for your contact details

By clicking the button, your registration as a seller will be sent for approval.  When your registration is approved you will receive an email and then you can access your Seller Dashboard to start filling in the rest of the items that will make your store functional.  When you are logged in, the Seller Dashboard is accessed via the My Account tab.

3. Connect store to payment service and enter payout details

To enter your details for receiving payouts, go to your Seller Dashboard then click the Settings in the black strip. Next you should click on the Payment tab.

At this point you need to connect your store to the Stripe service. Stripe is compliant with the EU Payment Services Directive 2 and an authorized Electronic Money Institution service that Datafair uses for processing payments and payouts.  Some of the same details that you have already entered, may have to be repeated on the Stripe form but the URL with your store name should be used in the “Your website” field.


If you are a seller from countries not served by Stripe, you must use PayPal services instead.

Getting started with sales

Start building your dataset portfolio

Once your store is set up, you can start uploading datasets. Simply use the Add dataset form.

This form asks for many of the details that we have found are relevant to data scientist end users.  These details are not required but the better you describe your dataset the easier it is for potential buyers to assess whether it fits their needs. It will also save you time by minimizing the amount of questions buyers will have concerning the data.  See the Dataset Guidelines for more information that can help you with the dataset description and other attributes. When you have throughly described your data click on the “Add Dataset” button at the bottom of the page.

Modifying an existing listing

Click on  My Datasets  tab to see the list of datasets in your store.

Hovering over each dataset shows a variety of options (Edit, Duplicate, Delete, View) for changing the listing associated with your dataset.  If you delete a dataset listing from your store and people have already bought the dataset, the buyers still have access to the download.  It is only the listing that has been deleted.

Enhance your own sales with marketing

Our most successful sellers actively promote their datasets through other channels. Think about sharing links to your latest data or your store on Facebook, Twitter or other social networks. Of course – we’ll also do our part to market your data. We have special processes and algorithms in place that will ensure that your datasets get maximum exposure to those most likely to buy – meaning more sales for you.