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Re: How to attract new members to the WoT IG?

From: J. Alan Bird <abird@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 12 May 2016 07:23:54 -0400
To: Dave Raggett <dsr@w3.org>, Soumya Kanti Datta <Soumya-Kanti.Datta@eurecom.fr>
Cc: public-wot-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <af7b3e6e-c3d7-6527-fe16-4bdb9b3d57a0@w3.org>
Dave and team,

    In reading this thread I don't see any suggestions that make people 
say "I've got to be a part of this" which is what we need. A best 
practices document, while a good thing to have, just helps them not 
engage - we've told them what to do.  I think we need to seriously 
consider how we get some of the interdisciplinary conversations going so 
that people aren't as happy with their silos of IoT work.  With all the 
energy that is in this space right now we need to make the right kind of 
noise and get the right kind of activity going so that the W3C WoT IG, 
and soon WG, is THE PLACE for people to do their work.  Let me know what 
you need from me and/or my BusDev team to help in this area.



On 5/12/2016 05:04, Dave Raggett wrote:
> Hi Soumya,
> Do  you think that a “best practices” document will be sufficient to 
> attract new members?  Wouldn’t it be much weaker than having explicit 
> work items on semantics and security?
>> On 12 May 2016, at 03:20, Soumya Kanti Datta 
>> <Soumya-Kanti.Datta@eurecom.fr 
>> <mailto:Soumya-Kanti.Datta@eurecom.fr>> wrote:
>> Dave,
>> I agree that semantics and security are really vital for WoT. At the 
>> same time, we must keep in mind that WoT or IoT is highly 
>> interdisciplinary. Therefore, it would be good to create a best 
>> practices deliverable/document (showing guidelines for global 
>> interoperability) to attract the developers.
>> Soumya
>> Research Engineer, EURECOM, France | +33658194342 | @skdatta2010 |
>> https://sites.google.com/site/skdunfolded  | Skype id: soumyakantidatta
>> On 11-05-2016 19:49, Dave Raggett wrote:
>>> What do we need to do in the IG charter to make it easier to attract 
>>> new members?  Before writing a pull request, it makes sense to first 
>>> discuss this challenge and see what ideas emerge and where we have a 
>>> rough consensus.
>>> When talking with people in IoT alliances and other standards 
>>> development organisations, I have seen that there is general 
>>> agreement on the importance of semantic interoperability and 
>>> security.  W3C is respected for its work on standards relating to 
>>> RDF and linked data, and is expected to take the lead on enabling 
>>> declarative domain models and constraints.
>>> For security, so far each organisation has approached this 
>>> independently. This risks problems for end to end security for 
>>> services that span platforms specified by different organisations. 
>>>  Without shared trust assumptions, parties will only be able to 
>>> share data that is marked as being publicly accessible.  By focusing 
>>> on inter-platform standards for the IoT, W3C has a mission to work 
>>> with the IoT organisations to encourage alignment over trust 
>>> assumptions for security and how to describe this in metadata.
>>> We have very few people currently in the IG with the requisite 
>>> experience. What do we need to do in the new IG charter to help 
>>> attract such people?
>>> Do you agree that semantics and security are critical to realising 
>>> the potential for the Web of Things?
>>> One idea would be to add explicit deliverables on semantic modelling 
>>> and end to end security, what do you think?
>>> —
>>>    Dave Raggett <dsr@w3.org <mailto:dsr@w3.org>>
> —
>    Dave Raggett <dsr@w3.org <mailto:dsr@w3.org>>

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