Dr Allan Third

Research Fellow

I'm interested in trust and decentralisation on the Web, and the use of semantic technologies and distributed ledgers to improve privacy and individual control, and to support new ways of doing things. The Semantic Web and Linked Data platforms offer a great opportunity for standards-based applications to a wide variety of domains, and I have a particular interest in using such approaches to improve healthcare and education.

My background is in formal semantics and philosophy, and I am interested in the use of practical computing applications to feed back into theoretical advances, and vice versa.


Semantic Web, Distributed Ledgers, Natural Language, Linked Data, Semantic Web Services, eHealth


Mikroyannidis, Alexander, Third, Allan, Chowdhury, Niaz, Bachler, Michelle and Domingue, John(2020). Supporting Lifelong Learning with Smart Blockchain Badges. International Journal On Advances in Intelligent Systems, 13(3 & 4) pp. 163–176.

Mikroyannidis, Alexander, Third, Allan and Domingue, John(2020). A case study on the decentralisation of lifelong learning using blockchain technology. Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2020(1) pp. 1–10.

Ekuban, Audrey, Mikroyannidis, Alexander, Third, Allan and Domingue, John(2021). Using GitLab Interactions To Predict Student Success When Working As Part Of A Team. In: Educating Engineers for Future Industrial Revolutions. ICL 2020. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 1328.

Eisenstadt, Marc, Ramachandran, Manoharan, Chowdhury, Niaz, Third, Allan and Domingue, John(2020). COVID-19 Antibody Test / Vaccination Certification There’s an app for that. IEEE Open Journal of Engineering in Medicine and Biology, 1 pp. 148–155.

Ramachandran, Manoharan, Chowdhury, Niaz, Third, Allan, Jan, Zeeshan, Valentine, Chris and Domingue, John(2020). A Framework for Handling Internet of Things Data with Confidentiality and Blockchain Support. In: IoT4Safe, in conj. with Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC) 2020, 31 May - 1 Jun, Heraklion, Greece.

Ramachandran, Manoharan, Chowdhury, Niaz, Third, Allan, Domingue, John, Quick, Kevin and Bachler, Michelle(2020). Towards Complete Decentralised Verification of Data with Confidentiality: Different ways to connect Solid Pods and Blockchain. In: A Decentralised Web Workshop, 20-24 Apr 2020, Taipei, Taiwan, ACM, pp. 645–649.

Chowdhury, Niaz, Ramachandran, Manoharan, Third, Allan, Mikroyannidis, Alexander, Bachler, Michelle and Domingue, John(2020). Towards A Blockchain-based Decentralised Educational Landscape. In: The Twelfth International Conference on Mobile, Hybrid, and On-line Learning (eLmL 2020), 21-25 Nov 2020, Valencia, Spain.

Mikroyannidis, Alexander, Third, Allan, Domingue, John, Bachler, Michelle and Quick, Kevin(2020). Blockchain Applications in Lifelong Learning and the Role of the Semantic Blockchain. In: Sharma, Ramesh Chander; Yildirim, Hakan and Kurubacak, Gulsun eds. Blockchain Technology Applications in Education. IGI Global, pp. 16–41.

Mikroyannidis, Alexander, Third, Allan and Domingue, John(2019). Decentralising online education using blockchain technology. In: The Online, Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference: Blended and online education within European university networks, 16-18 Oct 2019, UNED, Madrid.

Third, Allan and Domingue, John(2019). LinkChains: Trusted Personal Linked Data. In: Blockchain-enabled Semantic Web, 27 Oct 2019, Auckland, New Zealand, (In Press).


BlockchainCARRECOVID-19 ResearchDEL4ALLGreenDATAIMPAQTOpen Networking LabOpen Networking LabPeer MilesPT AnywhereQualiChainSlideWikiUp2UVPH-Share


Artificial Intelligence and Data Analysis


Accessibility, Inclusion, Ethics and Social Justice and Diversity

Citizen Empowerment, Politics and Government

Health and Wellbeing

Learning and Education

Science and scholarly communication


Blockchain, Decentralised Knowledge and Learning (BDKL)Natural Language Processing (NLP)

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