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We're making our servers too intelligent and sophisticated: we should focus on enabling intelligence in clients. #WebWeWant
Intelligent agents require an environment that allows them to act smart ◆ In a couple of months, 15 years will have passed since Tim Berners-Lee, Jim Hendler, and Ora Lassila wrote the Scientific American article “The Semanti...
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“Thank you for your attention” is symptomatic for many academic conferences. Instead of thanking the audience for listening, give them a message that's worthwhile listening to. #publicspeaking #conferences
An audience shouldn't do you a favor by listening—do them a favor by explaining ◆ Talks at academic conferences seldom feature a high knowledge per minute ratio. Speakers often talk for themselves, unwittingly spawning facts ...
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Access the super-fast #HDT  format for triples right from your #JavaScript  code. #RDF   #SemanticWeb
The HDT compressed triple format allows fast datasets—now also in JavaScript ◆ Reading a selection from a large dataset of triples is an important use case for the Semantic Web. But files in textual formats such as Turtle bec...
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Hydra welcomes Linked Data Fragments

Exciting news: the Linked Data Fragments project joins the Hydra Community Group… and our homepage finally got a makeover: http://www.hydra-cg.com/


#Hydra   #LinkedData   #REST   #Hypermedia   #API  #LinkedDataFragments
Hydra enables us to build better APIs, and in particular, APIs that are accessible by generic clients. One part of this is to capture the fundamental building blocks of APIs, such as hypermedia controls and collections. This is what the Hydra Core Vocabulary does. So far, the effort of the Hydra ...
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How would you answer a question that has never been answered before?
And why would the answer be any different for the #SemanticWeb?
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Note that current Linked Data “subject pages” (e.g., like dbpedia.org/resource/Barack_Obama) are also Linked Data Fragments, however, they are not basic Linked Data Fragments.
The current implementation assumes basic Linked Data Fragments, but we'll eventually extend that to many other types of fragments (yet performance will highly depend on what kind of fragments are available).
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Communication habits sometimes have strange side-effects.
Communication habits sometimes achieve the opposite of what we want ◆ Apologizing is a polite and functional act of communication: it helps people to let go any negative sentiments you may have caused. However, communication ...
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The Web lacked queryable #LinkedData . Here is how we fixed that.

Set up your own installation and help build the distributed queryable Web of Linked Data!
The LOD Laundromat and Triple Pattern Fragments offer scalable Web querying ◆ What good is a Web full of Linked Data if we cannot reliably query it? Whether we like to admit it or not, queryable data is currently the Semantic...
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We are, once more, organizing a Workshop on Web APIs and RESTful Design (#wsREST), collocated with the World Wide Web Conference–18 May 2015–(#WWW2015) in Florence, Italy. Please find our Call for Papers here: http://ws-rest.org/2015/call-for-papers/

+Ruben Verborgh +Carlos Pedrinaci +Thomas Steiner 
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“If you have operational need for SPARQL accessible data, you must have your own infrastructure. No public endpoints. Public endpoints are for lookups and discovery; sort of a dataset demo.”

Public SPARQL endpoints are indeed not the way to provide reliable access to data.
I believe in live querying of publicly available data sources on the Web, just like people can browse websites for the information they need. That's why we designed the the Triple Pattern Fragments API, which enables clients to execute queries on live data: http://client.linkeddatafragments.org/.
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Anonymous reviews are opinions without accountability. They endanger review quality. #research
Anonymous reviews encourage sloppiness—a name means accountability ◆ Peer review is research’ most powerful instrument. Having your manuscript reviewed by independent researchers in your own field improves the odds that your ...
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Can we query the Web in a scalable way?
Linked Data Fragments is the search for solutions.

#LinkedData  #Web   #querying    #SPARQL
The quest for intelligent clients starts with simple servers that scale ◆ Most public SPARQL endpoints are down for more than a day per month. This makes it impossible to query public datasets reliably, let alone build applic...
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To end the year, a bit of #JavaScript trickery with #promises.
Here's how the tiniest spec-compatible Promise library in JavaScript works ◆ Promises allow to asynchronously return a value from a synchronous function. If the return value is not known when the function exists, you can retu...
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PhD researcher in semantic hypermedia. Web enthusiast. Communication addict.
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Ever since I was a kid, I dreamed of interacting with machines in a more natural way than we currently do. Most people will agree machines are difficult sometimes.
Wouldn't it be great if a computer could understand what we want, instead ofus having to explain our desires to a computer (in the way the computer wants it)?

In the Semantic Web vision, automated agents browse the Web for us—much like we do it ourselves these days. However, there is still a long way to go… 
Yet, I believe things are heading in the right direction, and I want to be part of it.

This is why I'm pursuing a PhD degree at Multimedia Lab, a research group of iMindsand Ghent University. My interests include the Semantic Web, hypermedia APIs, Web services, adaptive hypermedia, and more.

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  • Ghent University
    PhD, Computer Science Engineering, 2010 - present
  • Ghent University
    Master, Computer Science Engineering, 2008 - 2010
  • Ghent University
    Bachelor, Informatics, 2005 - 2008
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