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Ruben Verborgh
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Native mobile apps are threatening the freedoms the #Web gave us. Instead of a single open platform, we get many closed boxes we cannot control. My latest blog post makes the case for the #WebWeWant and explains why we should all protect it.
Native mobile apps lure us away from the Web under false pretenses, and we shouldn't let them ◆ Few things annoy me more than a random website asking me: “do you want to use the app instead?” Of course I don’t want to—that’s why I use your website…
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Are we surprised that ‪RDF‬ clients cannot do cool things? Servers don't provide them with the context to interpret data, nor the controls to act upon it. We should build RDF APIs like we build websites for humans, by describing the response. #SemanticWeb   #RDF  
APIs are more than just data: context and controls also belong in the message ◆ How can we ever talk about intelligent clients if we don’t provide them with opportunities to be intelligent? The current generation of RDF APIs ...
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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/

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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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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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How do answers over Linked Data change over time? Thanks to Triple Pattern Fragments and Memento, you can query historical versions of DBpedia in your browser. Try it yourself 😃
Combining Triple Pattern Fragments with Memento to query previous dataset versions in the browser ◆ Data on the World Wide Web changes at the speed of light—today’s facts are tomorrow’s history. This makes the ability to look...
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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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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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  • Ghent University
    PhD, Computer Science Engineering, 2010 - 2014
  • Ghent University
    Master, Computer Science Engineering, 2008 - 2010
  • Ghent University
    Bachelor, Informatics, 2005 - 2008
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Postdoctoral researcher in semantic hypermedia. Bringing Linked Data to the Web with clever clients for simple servers.
Introduction

People like you and me are no longer the only consumers of the World Wide Web.Automated clients are starting to browse the Web for us. They face many obstacles, including a giant semantic gap.

My belief is that if we want to see intelligent clients, we should stop trying to build intelligent servers. We should shift our focus towards new methods of building clients that emphasize serendipitous reuse of data and functionality.

This is why I'm a postdoctoral researcher in semantic hypermedia at Multimedia Lab, a research group of iMinds and Ghent University. I love to think and discuss about theSemantic Webhypermedia clients and APIsLinked DataWeb architecture, and much more. If you like these things too, then we should talk.

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Postdoctoral researcher in semantic hypermedia
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  • Ghent University – iMinds
    PhD researcher, 2010 - present
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