Industry Grade

Grades are common rating systems across industries that help the average consumer understand in a matter of seconds what the professionals in the field have learned over the course of years, sometimes decades, of practical experience.
  • Steel grades are used to distinguish different types of steel based on their unique type and elemental structure, including both alloy and carbon concentration.
  • Beef is graded in two ways: quality grades for tenderness, juiciness and flavor; and yield grades for the amount of usable lean meat on the carcass.
  • Diamond grades are a standardized system of testing and evaluating the quality of a diamond, commonly referring to color, clarity, cut quality, and carat weight.

What's a DataGrade?

A DataGrade is a wholistic evaluation of a company's data operations with a focus on its supply chain. This includes but is not limited to:
  • Where does the data come from and how was it acquired or otherwise aggregated
  • How is it used by the company and what do they do to protect it while in possession
  • What internal or external parties have access, where does the data go and how is it used from there
The purpose of this analysis is to better understand how the operations of data companies around the world impact the everyday individual and their communities, and what this means for the business.

The purpose of the grade is to ensure consumers have a simpler way to understand the tools they use every day, companies have a standardized industry measure to benchmark against, and governments have a simple way to ensure the industry operates with integrity without having to generate excessive amounts of new law.