The Web is developing from a medium for publishing textual documents into a medium for sharing structured data. This trend is fueled on the one hand by the adoption of the Linked Data principles by a growing number of data providers. On the other hand, large numbers of websites have started to semantically mark up the content of their HTML pages and thus also contribute to the wealth of structured data available on the Web. Recently, Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) have emerged as a novel way to manage and exchange digital assets among a large number of agents in a decentralised way, leading to a rethink of consensus algorithms. Distributed Ledgers may be one answer to the problems of trust and redecentralisation of the Web, for instance in the context of Linked Data. Conversely, Linked Data and Web technologies could help Distributed Ledger technologies for solving their very own challenges, like interoperability and querying.
The workshop on Linked Data on the Web and its Relationship to Distributed Ledgers (LDOW/LDDL) aims to stimulate discussion and further research into the challenges of publishing, consuming, and integrating structured data from the Web, covering established topics of the Linked Data on the Web (LDOW) community. As this year’s edition represents the coming together of the established Workshop on Linked Data On the Web (LDOW) with Workshop on Linked Data and Distributed Ledgers we'll additionally address the question of how distributed ledgers could help towards solving some of these challenges, and how Linked Data technologies may help distributed ledgers to become more open and interoperable