As we speak, “Building the Web of Things”, the world’s first Web of Things book, is in preparation to be printed. Since Vlad and I just couldn’t wait idling we decided to embark on another book adventure: Manning approached us with a great idea, a free e-book (yes free as in free beer!) about the Internet of Things!
The very idea of this book is to be a collection of chapters borrowed from other books that will form a basis of technologies that will have a fundamental influence on what the IoT will become! Indeed, the Internet of Things offers us an internet that is becoming more than just a mass of multimedia content. The IoT extends into the physical, real-time world using a myriad of tiny computers. It’s a system of physical objects that can be discovered, monitored, controlled, and interacted with by electronic devices that communicate over various networking interfaces and can be connected to the wider internet. Using the Web to Build the IoT is a collection of six hand-picked chapters that introduce the key technologies and concepts for building the application layer of the IoT. The book is organized along the lines of the layers of the Web of Things Architecture we proposed a few years ago.
At the Access layer we selected Chapter 2 of Building the Web of Things because it gives you a glimpse of what you can accomplish once Things are connected to the Web. We also selected Designing the real time pipeline from Streaming Data as this is a great chapter exploring the different ways of ingesting data from the real-world on the Web.
At the Find layer we selected a chapter from Linked Data: Structured Data on the Web to illustrate how the semantic Web can help searching and finding things in the IoT.
At the Share layer we grabbed the chapter on security from Express in Action: Node applications with Express.
Finally, at the Compose Layer we selected two chapters: one about learning from real-world NYC taxi big data, from Real-World Machine Learning and a final one about the visualization of big data from D3.js in Action.
We selected these specific topics to give you an overview of the Web of Things architecture, along with techniques for data ingestion, searching, security, and visualization. All this topics will be instrumental for the success of the Internet of Things at large. So, good ahead and download your copy and while you are at it don’t forget to grab a copy of Building the Web of Things!