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Ruben Verborgh

Ruben Verborgh – Professor of Semantic Web technology

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, Ghent Universityimec, and a research affiliate at the Decentralized Information Group of CSAIL at MIT. I’m a technology advocate for Inrupt and the Solid ecosystem of apps that let you keep your own data. I love to discuss about the Web, decentralization, hypermedia clients, Web APIs, Linked Data, and much more.

My belief is that if we want to see intelligent clients, we should stop trying to build intelligent servers. We need to 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 several projects, including:

Use the apps you need, store your data where you want.
Linked Data Fragments
Query Linked Data on a Web scale by moving intelligence to the client.
RDF Mapping Language (RML)
Combine data from heterogeneous sources through the power of Linked Data.


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

See all my publications…