We have gotten a few inbound inquiries around options data from academics who are looking to write papers about the BTC market. Factors like implied volatility overlaid with other instruments will be an interesting field of research for years to come.
I was the beneficiary of free data when I was in college writing various papers concerning stock markets and price dynamics. So it's important to me that any person interested, from an academic setting, have whatever data we have available for free use.
As the only US exchange with options data on Bitcoin, we are happy to provide academics with full historical data with no restrictions. You would get essentially the same data we are obligated to report to the US government on our spot and options trading, so this is as good as it gets, quality-wise.
Email [email protected] if interested. Again, this is for non commercial use only and we're happy to help in interpreting it if needed.