[wbs] response to 'Call for Review: Web of Things Working Group Charter'

The following answers have been successfully submitted to 'Call for Review:
Web of Things Working Group Charter' (Advisory Committee) for Mozilla
Foundation by David Baron.

The reviewer's organization suggests changes to this Charter, but supports
the proposal whether or not the changes are adopted.

Additional comments about the proposal:
   We are happy overall with the contents of the charter and recommend
approving it (with comment), but the Working Group are aware that we still
have reservations in some areas, which we would like to note.

We would like to join the WoT Working Group under its new charter (we are
already members of the Interest Group, but made a formal objection
<https://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-archive/2016Oct/0004.html> to
previous charter for the Working Group in 2016). Our comments on the new
charter are as follows.

We welcome the "interoperability profiles" and "discovery" work items
we hope may improve interoperability by defining a common cross-domain
default protocol binding, and we note the progress which has been made
regard to privacy and security considerations.

We still have some areas of concern around the scope of the charter,

   1. The work item to continue to define protocol bindings for non-web
   protocols makes the scope unreasonably large and makes ad-hoc
   interoperability very challenging
   2. Thing Description Templates are an unnecessary complication and
   overlap in use cases with interoperability profiles and capability
   defined through semantic annotations
   3. We think that the WoT Architecture specification should really be a
   non-normative note in order to reduce the number of normative
   specifications needed for implementers
   4. Non-normative deliverables for WoT Scripting, Management and
   Packaging also have the potential to unnecessarily increase scope
   in future and could benefit from further incubation in the WoT Interest
   Group rather than being Working Group deliverables

However, we have found the core Thing Description specification produced
the Working Group to be very useful and have implemented a (modified
version of) this specification in Mozilla's IoT platform
<https://iot.mozilla.org/> which has now been in production for two years.
We have gradually been converging our implementation with the Working
Group's specification over time. We would therefore like to support the
continued work of this Working Group to further improve that specification.

The reviewer's organization intends to participate in these groups:
   - Web of Things Working Group

The reviewer's organization:
   - intends to review drafts as they are published and send comments.
   - intends to develop experimental implementations and send experience

Answers to this questionnaire can be set and changed at
https://www.w3.org/2002/09/wbs/33280/wotwg2019/ until 2019-12-17.


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Received on Tuesday, 17 December 2019 17:15:03 UTC