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This is the starting page for the Web of Things Community Group. The structure of this page is likely to change as we start collecting information.

What is the Web of Things?

The Web of Things includes sensors and actuators, physical objects and locations, and even people. The Web of Things is essentially about the role of Web technologies to facilitate the development of applications and services for things and their virtual representation. Some relevant Web technologies include HTTP for accessing RESTful services, and for naming objects as a basis for linked data and rich descriptions, and JavaScript APIs for virtual objects acting as proxies for real-world objects. Key benefits for doing this work at W3C include the W3C emphasis on ensuring that W3C standards can be implemented royalty free, thereby encouraging innovation, and the availability of the large community of web developers. Standards are needed to realize the economic and human potential, and to avoid the risk of fragmentation cased by a plethora of non-interoperable proprietary solutions.

Short term plans

To recruit members and appoint chair(s). To make a start on connecting use cases and requirements, and links to other groups with an interest in the Web of Things. We expect to soon launch regular teleconferences following a poll to select a date and time. We're also planning to organize a W3C Workshop on the Web of Things for 2014.

Goals

From the charter:

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 Internet of Things. In order to achieve this mission, the group will bring representatives of key stakeholders together to:

Roadmap

  • Initial analysis by the end of October 2013
  • Draft proposals for new standards by the end of October 2014
  • Revised proposals and charters for their standardization by end October 2015

Standardization should follow implementation experience and a consensus on core use cases. In some cases, proposals could be submitted to existing W3C Working Groups, and in others, new Working Groups could be proposed. The Community Group may find it appropriate to recommend work in other standards development organizations such as the IETF. Any work that is intended for use in W3C standards specifications will be subject to the Contributor License Agreement (CLA).

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