Classification system for Digital Assets 

 Coin Metrics, Goldman Sachs and MSCI collaborated to create a consistent, standardized way for market participants to analyze the digital assets ecosystem.

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Digital Asset Transparency

Datonomy offers a new level of transparency into how the market is moving and serves as a powerful foundation for portfolio performance measurement, risk management, reporting, and investment strategy creation.

Classification System




Digital Currencies
Value Transfer Coins
Value Transfer Coins
Specialized Coins
Meme Coins, Privacy Coins, Remittance Coins
Blockchain Infrastructure
Smart Contract Platforms
Smart Contract Platforms
Blockchain Utilities
Network Scaling, Cross-Chain Interoperability, Blockchain Networks
Application Utilities
Oracles, Digital Identity, Governance Tools, Software Development
Digital Asset Applications
Decentralized Finance
Decentralized Exchanges, Derivatives Trading, Decentralized Lending, Stablecoin Issuers, Prediction Markets, Asset Management, Crowd Funding, Insurance
Intermediated Finance
Intermediated Lending, Payment Platforms, Private Exchanges
Business Services
Professional Services, Enterprise Solutions
Information Technology
Data Services, Compute & Private Storage, Wallets & Messaging, Internet of Things
Virtual Worlds, Gaming, NFT Ecosystems
Media Services
Advertising, Content & Streaming
On-chain Derivatives
Fiat-Backed Stablecoins, Crypto-Backed Stablecoins, Algorithmic Stablecoins
Tokenized Assets
Asset-Backed Tokens, Synthetic Tokens
Claim Tokens
Liquidity Pool Tokens, Staked Tokens


Industry Standard Classification

  • Intuitive structure reflects market perception and industry norms
  • Expressive nodes are mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive
  • Designed for flexibility and industry evolution

Created by Market Leaders

  • Collaboration by MSCI, Goldman Sachs and Coin Metrics
  • datonomy co-creators represent leaders in index governance, FS markets, and digital asset data/intelligence

Integrated Data Offering

  • Seamlessly integrate datonomy and Coin Metrics data sets leveraging a single API and ticker nomenclature
  • Create sector analytics, investment strategies and indexes by combining datonomy with CM reference rates, market data and on-chain data

Robust Governance

  • MSCI, as datonomy administrator, uses a control framework designed to enhance the integrity of the taxonomy and asset classification

Research & Media

Read and hear about datonomy in the news.

Zooming Out: A datonomy Update

State of the Network: Issue 209

Coin Metrics SotN Anniversary 209

In this issue of Coin Metrics’ State of the Network, we leverage datonomy—a classification system for digital assets to zoom out and gauge the ecosystem and its underlying trends from a broader lens.

Goldman Sachs Looks to Impose Order


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The investment bank is set to unveil a data service created with global index provider MSCI crypto data firm Coin Metrics that seeks to classify hundreds of digital coins and tokens so institutional investors can make sense of the new asset class, according to executives at the three firms.

Goldman Sachs, MSCI, and Coin Metrics Introduce datonomy 

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The new framework for digital assets classification is designed to provide investors, service providers, developers, and researchers a way to help monitor market trends, analyze portfolio risk and returns, and help build new products.

Beyond cryptocurrency: The evolving digital assets ecosystem 

MSCI Digital Assets Webinar

The digital assets universe continues to grow and create new use cases fueled by advances in technology.  When it comes to tracking and accessing digital asset markets, some argue that the conversation is no longer focused on it if will become more established, but how.

Introducing datonomy:  A Digital Assets Taxonomy

State of the Network: Issue 180

More than a decade has passed since bitcoin was launched as crypto’s first digital currency; the digital asset ecosystem has exponentially in breadth and complexity. To make the space easier to navigate, Coin Metrics collaborated with Goldman Sachs and MSCI to create datonomy.

Coin Metrics Introduces a Suite of Sector Indexes

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Coin Metrics Introduces a Suite of Sector Indexes

Coin Metrics is pleased to announce the Total Market Series, a suite of indexes measuring segments of the digital assets ecosystem as defined by datonomy ™.  Datonomy is a  classification system that classifies coins and tokens based on context of use.


Datonomy™ is owned and administered by MSCI and was developed by Goldman Sachs, MSCI, and Coin Metrics. None of Goldman Sachs, MSCI, Coin Metrics or any other party involved in or related to compiling, computing or creating datonomy makes any express or implied warranties or representations with respect to datonomy (or the results to be obtained by the use thereof), and all such parties hereby expressly disclaim all warranties of originality, accuracy, completeness, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose with respect to datonomy. Datonomy does not constitute investment advice, is not a solicitation or recommendation to buy or sell, or an endorsement of, any assets, does not assess, classify or make any statement regarding the regulatory status or standing of an asset, and no assurance is provided of the results of any investment or investment strategy using datonomy. Without limiting any of the foregoing, in no event shall Goldman Sachs, MSCI, or Coin Metrics, or any of their affiliates or any third party involved in or related to compiling, computing, creating or licensing the data have any liability for any direct, indirect, special, punitive, consequential or any other damages (including lost profits) even if notified of the possibility of such damages. No further distribution, dissemination or use of datonomy is permitted without the express written consent of one of Goldman Sachs, MSCI, or Coin Metrics, including using datonomy for investment purposes.