May 26, 2022

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Announces Launch of Internet of Things Initiative

A new initiative where the library community and individual librarians should be actively participating.

From a W3C Announcement:

W3C announced today a new Web of Things initiative to develop Web standards for enabling open markets of applications and services based upon connected sensors and actuators (the Internet of Things) and the Web of data. Open standards will be essential to realising the huge potential.

We invite you to join the new Web of Things Interest Group and drive work on use cases, requirements, and best practices. The aim is to build a shared vision and identify specific opportunities for standardization.

So far work on the Internet of Things has focused on the sensors and actuators and the associated communication technologies. Comparatively little attention has been given to what is needed for services to break free of today’s product silos. Web technologies are considered to be very promising, including the role of scripting languages like JavaScript for defining services. However, there is considerable work left to do to support discovery and interoperation of services, along with attention to security, privacy, accessibility and resilience in the face of faults and attacks.

The potential if we get this right is huge and will greatly expand the scale of the Web. Please join us to help address the many challenges.

See Also: Launching the Web of Things Interest Group

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.