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Web Thing Protocol Community Group

The mission of this group is to define a common protocol for communicating with connected devices over the web, to enable ad-hoc interoperability on the Web of Things. Deliverables of the group may include use cases, requirements and specifications. The group will collaborate with the W3C Web of Things Interest Group and Working Group to ensure any specifications complement or extend the “Web of Things (WoT) Thing Description” specification. Objectives:
  1. Define a WebSocket sub-protocol for the Web of Things, using the W3C “Web of Things (WoT) Thing Description” data model and operations
  2. Define an HTTP protocol binding for the Web of Things (or support the Web of Things Working Group in defining this protocol binding and ensuring consistency with the WebSocket sub-protocol where appropriate)
  3. Evaluate other potential Web of Things protocol bindings (e.g. CoAP)
See the proposed Community Group Charter for more information.
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Call for Use Cases & Requirements: Web Thing Protocol

The Web Thing Protocol Community Group is seeking input on use cases and requirements for a proposed common sub-protocol for the Web of Things. A first draft of a Use Cases & Requirements report has been published as a starting point for the conversation.

The proposed Web Thing Protocol specification will define:

  • An HTTP sub-protocol (REST API) which defines a standard way to communicate with a web thing using the HTTP protocol
  • A WebSocket sub-protocol which defines how to communicate with a web thing over a WebSocket

Feedback can be submitted via the Web Thing Protocol CG mailing list and via issues on the Group’s GitHub repository.

Call for Participation in Web Thing Protocol Community Group

The Web Thing Protocol Community Group has been launched:


The mission of this group is to define a common protocol for communicating with connected devices over the web, to enable ad-hoc interoperability on the Web of Things.

Deliverables of the group may include use cases, requirements and specifications.

The group will collaborate with the W3C Web of Things Interest Group and Working Group to ensure any specifications complement or extend the “Web of Things (WoT) Thing Description” specification.

Objectives:

  1. Define a WebSocket sub-protocol for the Web of Things, using the W3C “Web of Things (WoT) Thing Description” data model and operations
  2. Define an HTTP protocol binding for the Web of Things (or support the Web of Things Working Group in defining this protocol binding and ensuring consistency with the WebSocket sub-protocol where appropriate)
  3. Evaluate other potential Web of Things protocol bindings (e.g. CoAP)

See the proposed Community Group Charter for more information.


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This is a community initiative. This group was originally proposed on 2019-09-16 by Ben Francis. The following people supported its creation: Ben Francis, Gustavo Zapico, Junde Yhi, Zoltan Kis, Dave Raggett. W3C’s hosting of this group does not imply endorsement of the activities.

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