Updated Web of Things (WoT) Specifications from the W3C

Today, the W3C updated two existing WD specifications and published a new NOTE in the Web of Things (WoT) space. All of these specifications are intended to be part of the evolving landscape of standards in the space of the Internet of Things (IoT), and the way how these connected things are accessible and interact using Web standards.

  • The Web of Things (WoT) Scripting API "describes a programming interface representing the WoT Interface that allows scripts run on a Thing to discover and consume (retrieve) other Things and to expose Things characterized by WoT Interactions, i.e. Properties, Actions and Events."

  • The Web of Things (WoT) Thing Description "describes a formal model and common representation for a Web of Things (WoT) Thing Description. A Thing Description describes the metadata and interfaces of Things, where a Thing is an abstraction of a physical entity that provides interactions to and participates in the Web of Things. Thing Descriptions provide a narrow-waist set of interactions based on a small vocabulary that makes it possible both to integrate diverse devices and to allow diverse applications to interoperate."

  • Web of Things (WoT) Protocol Binding Templates "enable a Thing Description to be adapted to the specific protocol usage across the different standards. This is done through additional descriptive vocabulary that is used in the Thing Description."

The Author

Erik Wilde

Lead API Technologist

An expert in protocol design and structured data, Erik Wilde consults with organizations to help them get the most out of APIs and microservices. Erik has been involved in the development of innovative technologies since the advent of the Web and is active in the IETF and W3C communities. He obtained his PhD from ETH Zurich and served as Associate Adjunct Professor at Berkeley before working at EMC, Siemens and now CA Technologies.

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