Connecting data, decentralizing the web, making it sustainable: can the semantic web do this?

A Talk by Andre Garzia, Sebastian Hellmann, Jonathan Holtby and Ruben Verborgh
Mozilla,, Hub of All Things and Inrupt / Ghent University / MIT

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Whether we call it Semantic Web or Linked Data, Tim Berner Lee’s vision never really caught on among users and developers. Although part of this vision is about decentralization, and this is something a few people are working on, Semantic Web technology remains largely underutilized by them. In this panel, we will explore how the Semantic Web and decentralization can benefit each other.

Getting together people from both communities, and exploring questions such as:

Is the Semantic Web technological stack really as complex as it is perceived to be? How can it be made more accessible, and align better with today’s realities in software development?

What are the issues facing people working in decentralization, and how could Semantic Web technology provide solutions?

What about sustainability? How can efforts aiming to provide services to the public at large find a way to sustain themselves, navigating a challenging business landscape?

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Andre Garzia

Andre is a Mozilla TechSpeaker focused on decentralization technologies and is an active member of the Secure Scuttlebutt community. In the recent years he published books about Firefox OS and managed a Web Literacy program in vulnerable neighborhoods of Rio.

Sebastian Hellmann

Sebastian is a senior member of the “Agile Knowledge Engineering and Semantic Web” AKSW research center, focusing on semantic technology research – often in combination with other areas such as machine learning, databases, and natural language processing.

Jonathan Holtby

Jonathan is a technology and communications specialist whose expertise is primarily in the development of early-stage tech startups. He has been a strategic advisor to Avaya, BT, Google, Hitachi, ZTE, LPoC, and numerous startups, and brings a rigorous and effective methodology to business development, growth, product leadership, analysis, and strategic planning.

Ruben Verborgh

What is Solid, the technology Sir Tim Berners-Lee is pioneering to re-orient the web to its original vision? How do Javascript and distributed querying make linked data usable? Ruben Verborgh has answers.

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