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Request for interested participants in an Health & Welness Web Apps W3C community group

From: Lopez de la Fuente, Jose Manrique <josemanrique.lopez@andago.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2011 12:09:38 +0200
Message-ID: <BANLkTinee6OZoGpuwCmUr3BUSGZ9AEVnnQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: public-device-apis@w3.org
Cc: Dominique Hazael-Massieux <dom@w3.org>, ian.hay@orange-ftgroup.com
Hello everybody,

First of all, I would like to thank Dominique for giving us the opportunity
to present here an idea we have been working on during several months.

My name is Manrique Lopez and I have been involved in W3C Mobile Initiative
in the past, and I am writing here as member of the Continua Health
Alliance[1]. I hold the 2nd Vice-Chair of the Technical Working Group (TWG)
and I am mostly involved in the Moblity Task Force inside the WG.

The TWG's mission is to evaluate existing standards against requirements,
based on Use Cases, in order to identify gaps and take steps to reconcile.
One of the Use Cases identified by the Mobility TF is related with using a
mobile web application to get data from health and welness sensors. Data
could come from different sources, protocols and transport layers, and
nowadays there are several apps for getting the same data, or you need a
native app. There is no standard way to manage this data from a web app,
specially since most of the solutions are based on native apps (that
communicate with external devices using Bluetooth, ANT+, NFC, etc.).

Based on the work done by W3C DAP WG we have identified that it could be
possible to define an standard Health & Wellness Sensors Web API that could
be used by web apps to get data from internal and external sensors (through
different transport layers). It would be a similar approach that it has been
done for W3C Geolocation API.

Continua does not create/write standards or recommendations, but it provides
guidelines based on existing standards to ensure a E2E ecosystem of
interoperable providers, as it does suggesting IEEE 11073 data format for
data transmission between devices. So we would need someone to define that
API standard, and we have thought as W3C as the perfect umbrella for this
task. There are some companies in Continua willing to participate on this,
and Dominique has suggested us to communicate our approach to the W3C DAP
WG, because it would be possible to create a W3C Community Group [2] to
start working on it, and see who would be interested in participating from
the already existing W3C DAP WG.

>From Continua side, there are at least 4 or  5 companies willing not only to
participate but also to work on open implementations of the API.

I hope you could find this proposal interesting, and we are open to any
question, comment or suggestion you could provide.

Again, thank you very much and best regards,

[1] http://www.continuaalliance.org
[2] http://www.w3.org/2010/12/community/summary

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