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Ruben Verborgh

I believe in a Web on which
clients possess more intelligence
than the servers they use.

Ruben Verborgh

I’m a professor of Semantic Web technology at IDLab, a group of Ghent University/imec, and a research affiliate at the Decentralized Information Group of CSAIL at MIT. I love to discuss about the Web, decentralization, hypermedia clients, Web APIs, Linked Data, and much more. If you like these things too, then we should talk.

My belief is that if we want to see intelligent clients, we should stop trying to build intelligent servers. We should focus on designing a new generation of Web applications that emphasize serendipitous reuse of data and functionality through decentralization.

Of course, I practice what I preach and publish my own data as Linked Open Data. You can query my data live on the Web, even across multiple datasets.


If you’re into Linked Data, Web APIs, REST, JavaScript, communication, research, or if you’re just curious, check out my latest blog posts:


I’m involved in the following projects:

Linked Data Fragments
Query Linked Data on a Web scale by moving intelligence to the client.
Build decentralized Web applications through Linked Data.
Describe your hypermedia APIs so that automated agents can use them.
Free Your Metadata
Open up your precious metadata to the Web.
Reasoning on the Web
Discover Semantic Web reasoning through open source projects.


Discover the research I’m into through my recent publications:

See all my publications…