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A more decentralized vision for linked data


In this deliberately provocative position paper, we claim that 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 the biomedical domain – currently, one of the most promising “adopters” of Linked Data – if we believe the ever-present “LOD cloud” diagram.

Herein, we try to highlight and exemplify 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. Kamdar, J. Fernandez, T. Tudorache, M. Musen, A more decentralized vision for linked data, DeSemWeb@ISWC (2018)