Get started with Linked Data & Solid with our VAIA/UGain course

We are happy let you know that we are organising the second edition of our Linked Data and Solid course in collaboration with UGain and VAIA! This course will run from the 28th of September 2023 till 11th of January 2024. It will dive into creating interoperability across multiple servers and organizations, on multiple levels. We will learn how to carefully reuse domain models where possible, and how to define your own terms where necessary, according to the latest state of the art in Linked Data. Solid applies Linked Data on personal data management: instead of having to store user data on your own servers, you can rely on a storage provider that speaks the Solid specification. Challenges that can be solved with Linked Data arise from the moment multiple apps read and write from the same storage. Techniques will be discussed to provide cross-app interoperability across open, shared, as well as personal knowledge graphs.

This course teaches you

  • A basic understanding of Linked Data
  • A basic understanding of Solid
  • A basic understanding of semantic reasoning and streaming
  • How to publish Linked Data
  • How to set up the Community Solid Server
  • How to create queries over Linked Data
  • How to design and publish Linked Data vocabularies
  • How to generate Linked Data from non-Linked Data using
  • How to create interoperable Linked Data in Flanders and Europe
  • How to create a Linked Data architecture using Linked Data Fragments and Linked Data Event Streams
  • How to validate Linked Data using SHACL and ShEx

Find the list of classes classes below, together with the list of teachers. You find more information and the option to register here.


We created a programme that tackles a variety of topics. Find all classes below!

  1. An introduction to Linked Data
  2. Using RDF in JavaScript and publishing over HTTP
  3. Reusing global identifiers
  4. The Solid specifications and the Community Solid Server
  5. Web Querying and App Solid Development
  6. Validating RDF
  7. Ontology Engineering
  8. Knowledge graph generation
  9. Usage control and data spaces
  10. Stream Reasoning
  11. Summary and project
  12. Project results


We assembled a group of teachers with the right expertise to bring you the knowledge you need!

Femke Ongenae

Professor Data analytics for healthcare

Pieter Colpaert

Professor Linked Data and Public Web APIs

Pieter Bonte

Postdoctoral Researcher

Pieter Heyvaert

Development Lead, Developer Advocate, and Diversity & Inclusion ambassador

Ruben Taelman

Post-doctoral Web Researcher

Dylan Van Assche

PhD Student

Julián Andrés Rojas Meléndez

PhD Student

Dwight Van Lancker

External PhD Student

David Chaves-Fraga

Joint postdoctoral researcher at OEG (UPM) and DTAI (KULeuven)

Laurens Debackere

ICT Solution Architect (Digitaal Vlaanderen) and Solid Technology Expert (athumi)

Thomas Dupont

Software engineer

Published on 2023-07-03