Extrata - frequently asked questions

Page last updated: Monday, 17 April 2023 - 4:01pm

This section answers some frequently asked questions about Extrata.

Q. What is Extrata?

A. Extrata is a new data sharing platform designed for primary producers to safely share and leverage their data to inform decision making.

Using end-to-end encryption, Extrata allows the user to retain complete control over their data and which third parties they choose to share it with. 

Q.    What is a data bundle?

A. Data bundles are collections of resource links (data end points) that facilitate the secure sharing of primary producer data to agreed third parties. For example, a primary producer may create a data bundle to share temperature data from a specific weather station along with water tank levels for a particular tank.

Bundles can be private (default) or public. Private bundles are accessible by invite only, whereas public bundle details can be viewed by any Extrata user. In both cases, the data is not shared until both parties agree to an Extrata participation request.

Q. What security measures does Extrata use to protect my data?

A. Extrata's main consideration is privacy and security of primary producer data. Using Extrata, primary producers have full control over who can access their data, as well as when and how long third parties can access it. 

Extrata does not store any data. All data is transferred through the platform as needed and is automatically encrypted end-to-end. This means that the data shared is encrypted at the sender’s end and only the end recipient can access it. 

An Extrata API access key (or token) is used to securely retrieve any data via Extrata. These keys can be cycled or changed at any time to provide additional security.

Q. What is an Application Programming Interface (API)

A. An Application Programming Interface (API) allows two or more computer systems to communicate with each other, regardless of the programming languages or operating systems they use.

Extrata uses API technology to facilitate the secure transfer of data between users.


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