The aim of the Web of Things Community Group (CG) is to accelerate the adoption of Web technologies as a basis for enabling services for the combination of the Internet of Things with rich descriptions of things and the context in which they are used.
We’re seeking your help in planning the W3C Workshop on the Web of Things for June 2014. The aim of the workshop will be to discuss opportunities for standardization as a basis for interoperability and a thriving ecosystem, and to support that we will be looking for examples of use cases, and analyses of requirements and architectures. Please help us to frame the scope of the workshop in more detail.
Teleconferences would be tricky given the wide distribution of time zones we are located in. As a result, we will need to work with email, the wiki and the IRC chat channel. If you are a newcomer to the group, please introduce yourself on the mailing list.
A break-out session on the Web of Things took place on Wednesday, 13 November during the plenary day for TPAC2013, at the Shenzhen Wuzhou Guest House. The session was led by Rich Tibbett (Opera), Jacques Bourhis (Intel) and Dave Raggett (W3C). Dave started with an introduction to the Web of Things. This was followed by demos for the Network Service Discovery API by Opera, an introduction to the NFC API by Intel, using Network Service Discovery together with WebRTC for peer to peer messaging by NTT, access to sensors and actuators (HyWAI for Web of Things) by ETRI, and another by Daliworks, Inc.
Audience questions included the intended scope for “things”, and the need for clear definitions for terms. The Web of Things covers many use cases, and a single approach is unlikely to suffice. The Web of Things Community Group provides a forum for discussing the scope and identifying use cases that will help to pin point priorities for further standardization work. A W3C workshop is being planned for mid-2014.
The 4th international workshop on the Web of things took place in Zurich on Monday, 9th September, as part of UbiComp 2013. The slides are being uploaded to Slideshare and we hope to add links to them soon. The workshop was preceded by a hackathon on Sunday, 8th September, and very much enjoyed by those who participated. Our special thanks to Simon Mayer, ETH-Zurich for his efforts in organizing the event.
We’re just getting started and looking for suggestions as to how to progress. Please use the mailing list to circulate your ideas and bounce them off others. Please use the wiki to collect information relating to the aims of the group (see the charter). There is already some content in the wiki and we expect to grow this considerably over the next few weeks. We’re also looking for volunteers to act in the role of chairs. Looking forward to working with you all!