The HAT (Hub-of-All-Things) project was a £1.2m 6 UK Universities multi-disciplinary research project from 2013-2015 that created 6 guidance papers on the creation of the HAT Microserver (commonly called ”the HAT) and the redesign of the personal data exchange system. The research spun out Dataswift Ltd, a commercial organisation and the HAT Community Foundation, it’s governing body. From 2015-18, Dataswift built a suite of technology services and set up the legal, governance and economic model (the HATDeX Platform) and deployed the technical HAT into the cloud, becoming the HAT Microserver for use as Dataswift’s personal data accounts (PDA) for websites and applications and issued to individuals upon request.
The HAT ecosystem is governed by the HAT Community Foundation (HCF) representing PDA owners, Merchants, and Issuers. The foundation’s mission is based on 2 major pillars: growth and innovation, as one pillar and regulation and representation as to the other. The Foundation owns 1 guardian share of Dataswift and sits on Dataswift’s board, to ensure directors perform their fiduciary duty to uphold the purpose of the company. Growth and Innovation are driven by HATLAB, a consortium of universities, industry partners, and other organisations, managed by the foundation. HATLAB is also the centre of research, education, and policy on the HAT. Research on data rights continues, with more than £10m grants coordinated by HATLAB and in collaboration with HATLAB Universities. Dataswift operates the development environment where partner projects and experiments come together.