Rethinking Microblogging: Open, Distributed, Semantic

  • Alexandre Passant
  • John G. Breslin
  • Stefan Decker
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6189)


In order to break down the walls that lock-in social data and social networks, new paradigms and architectures must be envisioned. There needs to be a focus on the one hand on distributed architectures — so that users remain owners of their data — and on the other hand on means to semantically-enhance their content — so that it becomes more meaningful and interoperable. In this paper, we detail the anatomy of SMOB, a distributed semantic microblogging framework. In particular, we describe how it achieves the previous objectives using Semantic Web standards (including RDF(S)/OWL, RDFa, SPARQL) and Linked Data principles, as a consequence rethinking the microblogging experience and, more generally, providing Linked Social Data as part of the growing Linking Open Data cloud.


Social Web Semantic Web Linked Data Microblogging Distributed Systems 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexandre Passant
    • 1
  • John G. Breslin
    • 1
    • 2
  • Stefan Decker
    • 1
  1. 1.Digital Enterprise Research InstituteNational University of IrelandGalway
  2. 2.School of Engineering and InformaticsNational University of IrelandGalway

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