Prof John Domingue

KMi Director

I am a Professor of Computer Science[1], Director of the Knowledge Media Institute [2], the OU's technology research and innovation centre, and the President of STI International [3], a semantics focused networking organisation. I have published over 280 refereed articles (h-index 57) in the areas of semantics, the Web, distributed ledgers and eLearning. My current work focuses on how a combination of blockchain and Linked Data technologies can be used to process personal data in a decentralised trusted manner and how this can be applied in the educational domain [4].

I serve as the leader of the first of five themes, on University Learners, for the 20M funded Institute of Coding [5] which aims to increase the number and diversity of computing graduates in the UK as well as enhancing the connection between university teaching and corporate training.

Since January 2019, I have played a leading role in the EU funded QualiChain project [6] which has the aim of revolutionising public education and its relationship to the labour market and policy making by disrupting the way accredited educational titles and other qualifications are archived, managed, shared and verified, taking advantage of blockchain, semantics, data analytics and gamification technologies.

Until February 2020 I was also a key player in the European Blockchain Observatory [7] supporting the European Commission on road-mapping the future of this technology in a number of key sectors.

February 2020 saw the start of a new EU project, DEL4All [8], where under my leadership the OU will aid in road-mapping how education will be transformed due to the impact of blockchains, AI, data and augmented and virtual reality technologies.

In 2017 my research in blockchains and education was referenced in the Joint Research Centre Policy Report Blockchain in Education for the European Commission [9]. Prof. Domingue has given many talks on his work including at the Royal Institution in 2018 [10] and at TEDx [11].

Very recently my focus has centred on our blockchain based platform could be applied for COVID-19 Anti Body Test and Vaccination certification which has attracted attention from the media [12].

Last year I became a Fellow of the British Blockchain Association [13].



KMi Director, Semantic Web, Ontologies, Linked Data, Semantic Web Services, Future Internet, Remote Experimentation, eLearning, eHealth, Data and Education


Domingue, John, Third, Aisling, Vidal, Maria-Esther, Rohde, Philipp, Cano, Juan, Cimmino, Andrea and Verborgh, Ruben ,(2023). Trusting Decentralised Knowledge Graphs and Web Data at the Web Conference. In: Companion Proceedings of the ACM Web Conference 2023, ACM.

Third, Aisling and Domingue, John(2023). Decency and Decentralisation: Verifiable Decentralised Knowledge Graph Querying. In: Companion Proceedings of the ACM Web Conference 2023 (WWW '23 Companion) (Domingue, John; Third, Aisling; Cano, Juan; Cimmino, Andrea; Verborgh, Ruben; Rohde, Philipp D. and Vidal, Maria-Esther eds.), pp. 1422–1423.

Ekuban, Audrey and Domingue, John(2023). Towards Decentralised Learning Analytics (Positioning Paper). In: Companion Proceedings of the ACM Web Conference 2023 (WWW '23 Companion), April 30-May 4, 2023, Austin, TX, USA (Ding, Ying; Tang, Jie; Sequeda, Juan; Aroyo, Lora; Castillo, Carlos and Houben, Geert-Jan eds.), ACM, New York, pp. 1435–1438.

Motta, Enrico, Rajan, Tim,Domingue, John and Eisenstadt, Marc(1991). Methodological Foundations of KEATS the Knowledge Engineer’s Assistant. Knowledge Acquisition, 3(1) pp. 21–47.

Eisenstadt, Marc,Domingue, John, Rajan, Tim and Motta, Enrico(1990). Visual Knowledge Engineering. IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, 16(10) pp. 1164–1177.

Third, Allan and Domingue, John(2021). Decentralised Verification Technologies and the Web. In: Grech, Alex ed. Media, Technology and Education in a Post-Truth Society. Digital Activism and Society: Politics, Economy and Culture in Network Communication. Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 255–269.

Domingue, John, (1992). An Automated Programming Advisor. In: Eisenstadt, Marc; Keane, Mark T. and Rajan, Tim eds. Novice Programming Environments. Explorations in Human-Computer Interaction and Artificial Intelligence, Volume 4-10. London: Routledge, pp. 287–329.

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 (Auer, M.E. and Rüütmann, T. eds.), 1328 pp. 127–138.