[DG-BSC] Verifiable Claims and standardizing around distributed ledgers to reduce the need for federations

Eve Maler eve.maler at forgerock.com
Tue Jan 24 13:04:51 CST 2017

Thank you, Adrian.

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On Tue, Jan 24, 2017 at 11:01 AM, Adrian Gropper <agropper at healthurl.com>

> All,
> You might find the outlines below useful to explain where this might be
> headed. I have no idea whether linked data is needed to get there but I do
> share their interest in deprecating the role of federations as a way to
> reduce the asymmetry of the current Internet as relates to individuals,
> including licensed professionals.
> To be more explicit about how I hope Verifiable Claims and distributed
> ledgers will help, right now licensed professionals tend to link their
> claims to an employer and the employer verifies the attribute, often
> injecting other strategic interests into the process. This reduces the
> autonomy of the licensed professional to a much larger extent than was the
> case with paper-based systems. Since licensed professionals don't buy IT
> directly, they have not seen the strategic reduction in their autonomy
> until rather recently as the actual impact of massive institutional record
> systems on the professional-individual relationship has begun to chafe.
> Adrian
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Luis-Daniel Ibáñez <L.D.Ibanez at soton.ac.uk>
> Date: Tue, Jan 24, 2017 at 8:58 AM
> Subject: [CfP] 2nd International Workshop on Linked Data and Distributed
> Ledgers
> To: public-blockchain at w3.org
> The 2nd International Workshop on Linked Data and Distributed Ledgers.
> https://sites.google.com/site/lddleswc2017/
> <https://sites.google.com/site/lddlworkshop2017/>
> A workshop of ESWC 2017, Portoroz, Slovenia, May 29th, 2017
> (1st edition will be held in conjunction with WWW 2017 - Perth, Australia)
> *Important Dates:*
>    - *Submission deadline:* Friday March 10, 2017
>    - *Notifications:* Friday March 31, 2017
>    - *Camera-ready version:* Thursday April 13, 2017
> Distributed Ledgers (DLs) have emerged as a novel way to manage and
> exchange different types of digital assets among a large number of agents
> operating in a decentralised way. Existing DL platforms are driven by use
> cases from different user communities. Each community has its own
> requirements regarding the level of decentralisation, privacy, and identity
> management that the ledger would need to offer. To allow for these
> developments to be applicable to a wider, and more
> complex range of applications, they will need to be able to interoperate,
> both with existing distributed systems and databases technologies, and
> among each other. This has motivated researchers and practitioners to look
> at approaches such as Linked Data, which relies on core Web principles and
> standards such as URIs, HTTP, JSON-LD, RDF, and SPARQL.
> We envision the workshop as a forum for researchers and practitioners from
> Distributed Ledgers and Linked Data to come together to discuss common
> challenges; propose solutions to shortcomings of existing architectures;
> and identify synergies for joint initiatives. The ultimate goal is the
> creation of a Web of Interoperable Ledgers.
> The first edition of LD-DL will be held as part of WWW 2017 in Perth,
> Australia
> We invite original research submissions addressing any of the following
> two broad themes:
> Linked Data for Distributed Ledgers:
> Vision, insight and research on how to use Linked Data and Web
> technologies to enhance Distributed Ledgers, including but not limited to:
> • Architectures and protocols for DL interoperability
> • Architectures and protocols for interoperability between DLs and other
> Web components and architectures (non-ledger based web services, web
> databases, etc)
> • Extensions of web data models and formats to accommodate Distributed
> Ledgers (JSON, HTTP, HTML, RDF, etc)
> • Languages and query engines for Distributed Ledgers
> • Privacy considerations of interoperating Distributed Ledgers
> • Vocabularies and ontologies for describing DLs and Smart Contracts
> • Semantification and linking of DL frameworks and their contents
> • Storage, querying and updating RDF data inside Distributed Ledgers
> • SPARQL extensions to use it as a Smart Contract language. Extensions to
> current Smart Contract languages to use semantic data.
> Distributed Ledgers for Linked Data:
> Vision, insight and research on how to use DLs to enhance Linked Data and
> Web applications, including, but not limited to:
> • Decentralisation and disintermediation of web-based architectures.
> • Distributed management of identity and online identity.
> • Distributed Ledger backing of general Linked Data processes: vocabulary
> and dataset evolution, entity naming and re-naming, etc.
> • DLs for Web and Linked Data provenance.
> • DL-backing of Web signatures
> • Digital rights management and enforcing
> --
> Dr. Luis-Daniel Ibáñez
> Research Fellow
> Web and Internet Science Group
> University of Southampton
> --
> Adrian Gropper MD
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