Building Social Applications with the W3C Linked Data Platform (LDP)
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  Sandro Hawke   Sandro Hawke
Technical Staff


Wednesday, August 20, 2014
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Level:  Technical - Intermediate

New and developing Linked Data standards now make it possible to build decentralized social software. These techniques allow Developers to build large-scale social features into new and existing applications without any central servers, specialized infrastructure, or dedicated operational support. What's more, the architecture naturally favors innovation and user privacy.

In this talk, we'll tell you how we built CIMBA, a decentralized system with roughly the functionality of Twitter, using standard Linked Data components, building on the new W3C Linked Data Platform (LDP) Standards. CIMBA is completely open, like email. Anyone can read, anyone can post, and (for better or for worse, like email), no one is in charge. Any software that wants to interoperate with other CIMBA systems just needs to use the same HTTP patterns and the same RDF vocabulary.

In this talk, you'll learn:

  • Why decentralization is so great for users and businesses
  • Why Linked Data is perfect for building decentralized systems
  • How your software can interoperate with CIMBA and other decentralized applications
  • When this technology is applicable, in its current form, and what problems haven't been solved yet
  • How this technology might change the industry in the next few years

Sandro Hawke is a Software Developer and Systems Architect at W3C and a member of Technical Staff at MIT's Decentralized Information Group. He served as staff contact for the W3C Working Groups producing RDF, OWL, RIF, SPARQL and more. Sandro's professional focus is on developing global-scale decentralized systems using ideas from both Web Architecture and Knowledge Representation. He occasionally blogs at

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