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Personal Knowledge Graphs on the Web

In today’s data-driven economy, the company with the most data wins. This means that companies go through great lengths to collect all of our data, sometimes even crossing ethical boundaries. But in the end, we all lose: having the best data process is not an indication of how well a company innovates or what value its services bring. As a result, innovation has come to a standstill, and people are stuck with mediocre data experiences. If data truly is the new oil, then what we’re currently doing is pouring all that oil in barrels—often without the ability to open the lid ourselves. In order for data to fuel the engine, it has to flow much better than it does today. In this talk, I will explain how the Solid project gives people back control over their personal knowledge graphs. In doing so, we enable small and large companies alike to innovate.
innovation, Decenralization, personal data, solid, privacy

Ruben Verborgh


Ghent University

Ruben Verborgh is a professor of Decentralized Web technology at IDLab, Ghent University – imec, and a research affiliate at the Decentralized Information Group of CSAIL at MIT. Additionally, he acts as a technology advocate for Inrupt and the Solid ecosystem wherein people and organizations control their own data. He aims to build a more intelligent generation of clients for a decentralized Web at the intersection of Linked Data and hypermedia-driven Web APIs.

Lightening talks from the Main Stage along with speaker Q&A sessions

May 4-7, 2020


Knowledge Graphs form an organized and curated set of facts that provide support for models to help understand the world. This conference gathers technology leaders, researchers, academics, vendors — and most importantly, practitioners, who know the discipline. For KGC 2020, attendees can participate from wherever they want in the world, from the comfort of their homes. We will stream the content, provide access to our speakers and support chat and networking as well as give access to all of the content live and on-demand after the event.