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Submission Request to W3C: Web Thing Model

Submitted Materials

We, W3C Members EVRYTHNG, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft and The Open University, hereby submit to the Consortium the following specification, comprising the following document(s) attached hereto:

  1. Web Thing Model

which collectively are referred to as "the Submission". We request the Submission be known as the Web Thing Model Submission.


This document proposes the basis of a common model to describe the virtual counterpart of physical objects in the Web of Things. It defines a model and Web API for Things to be followed by anyone wanting to create a product, device, service, or application for the Web of Things, defined as the Application layer of the Internet of Things. The model and protocols proposed here aim at making the interaction between Things in the Internet of Things accessible through Web standards to facilitate the implementation of Web applications making use or retrieving data from real-world objects.

Intellectual Property Statements

The below statements concerning Copyrights, Trade and Service Marks, and Patents, have been made by the following people, on behalf of themselves and their affiliated organizations:


Each organization, respectively, hereby grants to the W3C a perpetual, nonexclusive, royalty-free, world-wide right and license under any of its copyrights on this contribution, to copy, publish and distribute the contribution under the W3C document license.

Additionally, should the Submission be used as a contribution towards a W3C Activity, each organization grants a right and license of the same scope to any derivative works prepared by the W3C and based on, or incorporating all or part of, the contribution. Each organization further agrees that any derivative works of this contribution prepared by the W3C shall be solely owned by the W3C.

Should the Submission not be used as a contribution towards a W3C Activity, change control of the Submission shall remain with the authors. Also, the authors expect to continue evolution of the Web Thing Model specification until such time as a W3C working group is formed.


Each organization agrees to offer licenses according to the W3C Royalty-Free licensing requirements described in section 5 of the 5 February 2004 W3C Patent Policy for any portion of the Submission that is subsequently incorporated in a W3C Recommendation.

Suggested action

We suggest that the Consortium consider the Submission as a starting point for work in a new working group.


To help with this work we expect, but do not commit, to be able to provide representatives to participate in the working group.


Inquiries from the public or press about this Submission should be directed to: Dominique Guinard <dom@evrythng.com>


This 24th of August, 2015,