A more decentralized vision for linked data


In this deliberately provocative position paper, we claim that more than ten years into Linked Data there are still (too?) many unresolved challenges towards arriving at a truly machine-readable and decentralized Web of data.

We take a deeper look at key challenges in usage and adoption of Linked Data from the ever-present “LOD cloud” diagram. Herein, we try to highlight and exemplify both key technical and non-technical challenges to the success of LOD, and we outline potential solution strategies. We hope that this paper will serve as a discussion basis for a fresh start towards more actionable, truly decentralized Linked Data, and as a call to the community to join forces.


A. Polleres, M. R. Kamdar, J. Fernández, et al., A more decentralized vision for linked data, Semantic Web Journal 11 (1) (2020) 101–113