Talks

Using Blockchains and Semantics to Decentralise Personal Data

The increasing centralization of the Web, he says, has “ended up producing—with no deliberate action of the people who designed the platform—a large-scale emergent phenomenon which is anti-human.”
Vanity Fair Quoting Sir Tim Berners-Lee August 2018.

As highlighted by the Web’s inventor and by recent stories around the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica the over centralisation of, often personal, data generates significant problems for ordinary users. A related problem is that ‘data poor’ citizens can suffer through the denial of credit and more. Recently in the UK over 60 citizens were erroneously deported because of a lack of citizenship data.

At the OU we have been working on a semantic blockchain platform, LinkChain, which supports the decentralisation of personal data by through a combination of blockchain and Linked Data technologies. In the presentation I will give an overview of our platform and show some initial uses within the higher education space.

This event took place on the Tuesday 18th September 2018


Webinar Slidewiki's Open Education Trials & Semantic Blockchain

In this webinar, Alexander Mikroyannidis and Allan Third present the applications of Blockchain in education and the importance of the Semantic Blockchain. They also present their work in the H2020 SlideWiki project, which supports the collaborative authoring of open courseware.

This event took place on the Tuesday 14th August 2018


Decentralised Semantic Web @ International Semantic Web Research Summer School 2018

This in depth tutorial, presented at the 2018 International Semantic Web Research Summer School (ISWS), looks at the possibilities for a decentralised semantic web focusing primarily on the relationship between blockchains and linked data. The first part of the talk is an extensive explanation of what blockchains are and how they are used. This is followed by links to ongoing decentralised linked data research including Tim Berners-Lee's SOLID and Ruben Verborgh's Linked Data Fragments.

This event took place on the Tuesday 17th July 2018


Semantic Web and User-Centric Data Science groups

This event took place on the Friday 16th March 2018


Blockchains & Linked Data

A joint venture between the Open University and the Knowledge Media Institute.

  • The Web has decentralised means of data publication, but no way to guarantee its integrity
  • Blockchains can guarantee integrity & timestamping
  • We have been exploring the use of blockchains to support Linked Data storage & querying
  • In general, interoperability between blockchains and Web standards needs more work

This event took place on the Tuesday 5th December 2017


Blockchain in Education

The Blockchain-in-Education Conference aims to provide a unique opportunity to learn about why and how Blockchain will usher in the Hyperconnected Future of Education, bring about Distributed Learning Environments, and provide more trusted and secured Student Services and Student Data.

This event took place on the Tuesday 5th September 2017


Linked data indexing of distributed ledgers

Describes how we have used Linked Data to index Ethereum blockchains

This event took place on the Tuesday 4th April 2017


Blockchains and new educational models v 2.0

The latest on the OU blockchain experiments and thoughts on the application of this technology in the Higher Educational space. In particular for accreditation, ePortfolios and Uber style educational disaggregation.

This event took place on the Wednesday 12th October 2016


Blockchains and Adult Education

Presentation given at an Invited talk at Leicester University. Covers work we are doing at the Open University on applying blockchains/distributed ledgers in the adult educational space

This event took place on the Sunday 9th October 2016


Blockchains a new platform for semantically enabled transactions public

Keynote at the SALAD Workshop at ESWC 2016. Gives an overview of blockchains

This event took place on the Sunday 29th May 2016


How Blockchain Technology Will Change Industries

Hugh Halford-Thompson of BTL gave an introduction to blockchain technologies before talking in more detail about various use cases across different sectors including payments and settlement, reconciliation, and traceability. He also discussed how…

This event took place on the Tuesday 24th May 2016


Ethereum – A Blockchain Platform

Blockchain technology has been in the news recently, mainly because it aims to provide an alternative model of network computing platform that is decentralised and trustless, the underlying properties that made Bitcoin popular...

This event took place on the Wednesday 24th February 2016


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Using Blockchains and Semantics to Decentralise Personal Data

The increasing centralization of the Web, he says, has “ended up producing—with no deliberate action of the people who designed the platform—a large-scale emergent phenomenon which is anti-human.”
Vanity Fair Quoting Sir Tim Berners-Lee August 2018.

As highlighted by the Web’s inventor and by recent stories around the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica the over centralisation of, often personal, data generates significant problems for ordinary users. A related problem is that ‘data poor’ citizens can suffer through the denial of credit and more. Recently in the UK over 60 citizens were erroneously deported because of a lack of citizenship data.

At the OU we have been working on a semantic blockchain platform, LinkChain, which supports the decentralisation of personal data by through a combination of blockchain and Linked Data technologies. In the presentation I will give an overview of our platform and show some initial uses within the higher education space.

This event took place on the Tuesday 18th September 2018

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