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Re: FYI - UK's national digital twin programme

From: Ben Francis <ben@krellian.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2021 13:14:13 +0000
Message-ID: <CADKQpGRUT4aTpjDH1gZ9jY8nbVgZ0Z2UYEp0TNN=SWtO95jAXA@mail.gmail.com>
To: Dave Raggett <dsr@w3.org>
Cc: public-wot-ig@w3.org
Hi Dave,

Thank you for sharing this information. I'm very interested in any
potential collaboration with the CDBB and am happy to assist in any way I
can in exploring how WoT standards could be applied to the UK's national
digital twin programme.

Please feel free to make an introduction if I can be of any assistance.


On Thu, 4 Mar 2021 at 16:00, Dave Raggett <dsr@w3.org> wrote:

> This email is in relation to the potential relationship between the Web of
> Things as an abstraction layer for digital twins, and work on smart cities
> to expose digital twins for the built environment. Wikipedia defines
> the built environment as including all of the physical parts of where we
> live and work (e.g. homes, buildings, streets, open spaces, and
> infrastructure). The built environment influences a person's level of
> physical activity.
> I had a call yesterday with Peter El Hajj, Matthew West and James
> Hetherington to learn about the UK's national digital twin programme [1].
> This is run by the Centre for Digital Built Britain, a partnership between
> the University of Cambridge and the UK Department for Business, Energy and
> Industrial Strategy. Launched by HM Treasury in July 2018, the NDTp was set
> up to deliver key recommendations of the National Infrastructure
> Commission’s 2017 'Data for the Public Good Report’ [2]. They also referred
> me to the Gemini Principles [3] which focuses on information management
> across the built environment. The DT Hub itself is available at [4]. There
> are some introductory videos on [1].
> The idea is essentially to provide a national framework for secure data
> sharing where the data isn’t necessarily free, but must be available on
> reasonable and non-discriminatory terms and conditions. Matthew West
> explained that they had a framework of ontologies to encourage semantic
> interoperability.
> This raises the question of whether W3C’s Web of Things is a good fit to
> the kinds of digital twins that cities expect to expose.  Matthew committed
> to sharing information of their use cases and requirements. I offered to
> help them with any questions on WoT.
> p.s. we also discussed ideas on simplifying semantic technologies for the
> average developer and I pointed them at the W3C chunks data and rules
> format [5]. This part of a framework for general purpose human-like AI for
> digital transformation. I will present this to the upcoming Siemens IoT
> conference.
> [1] https://www.cdbb.cam.ac.uk/what-we-do/national-digital-twin-programme
> [2]
> https://www.nic.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Data-for-the-Public-Good-NIC-Report.pdf
> [3] https://www.cdbb.cam.ac.uk/DFTG/GeminiPrinciples
> [4] https://digitaltwinhub.co.uk/
> [5] https://w3c.github.io/cogai/
> Dave Raggett <dsr@w3.org> http://www.w3.org/People/Raggett
> W3C Data Activity Lead & W3C champion for the Web of things

Ben Francis
Krellian Ltd. <https://krellian.com>
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