• Digital Object Architecture

last modified May 10, 2012 by tomlowenhaupt

Robert Kahn, who with Vint Cerf invented the Internet, has developed a new digital architecture for identifying, discovering, resolving, and accessing digital information. This page explores that Digital Object Architecture's role in city-TLDs and fostering the economic and social livability of our city.

The Architecture Explained


(Courtesy of the Connecting.nyc Inc. library)

Key Elements of Digital Object Architecture


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With the arrival of the .nyc TLD getting ever closer, we continue to explore all areas of its relevant areas. On March 15, 2011 we met with the Internet's co-inventor, Robert Kahn, to explore the potential role of the Digital Object Architecture in advancing our mission.


The key elements of the DOA...

Related Resources

In computing, the Internet of Things refers to a, usually wireless and self-configuring, wireless network between objects, such as household appliance...

The idea is as simple as its application is difficult. If all cans, books, shoes or parts of cars are equipped with minuscule identifying devices, daily life on our planet will undergo a transformation. Things like running out of stock or wasted products will no longer exist as we will know exactly what is being consumed on the other side of the globe. Theft will be a thing of the past as we will know where a product is at all times. The same applies to parcels lost in the post.

If all objects of daily life, from yogurt to an airplane, are equipped with radio tags, they can be identified and managed by computers in the same way humans can. The next generation of Internet applications (IPv6 protocol) would be able to identify more objects than IPv4 which is currently in use. This system would therefore be able to instantaneously identify any kind of object.[2]

The Internet of objects should encode 50 to 100,000 billion objects and follow the movement of those objects. Every human being is surrounded by 1,000 to 5,000 objects.[3]

A complementary view, from the world of the Semantic Web focuses instead on making all "things" (not just those electronic, smart, or RFID-enabled) addressable by the existing naming protocols, such as URI. The objects themselves do not converse, but they may now be referred to by other agents, such as powerful centralized servers acting for their human owners.

Obviously these two approaches converge as more objects become progressively addressable and more intelligent. This is unlikely to happen in any situation short of spime, and the two views have significantly different implications in the interim. In particular, the universal addressability approach rapidly includes things that cannot have communication behaviours of their own, such as abstract data documents.

"The inventor of the World Wide Web could be forgiven for resting on his laurels, but instead Tim Berners-Lee told the audience that it's already time to reimagine the Web." 
  • Pachube - A network for connecting people, places, and things.
  • WikiCity - An MIT project
  • Urban Planning Tech Workshop - Regional Plan Association the Open Planning Project meeting on developing tools for planning. (See 8.5 minute PowerPoint on the .nyc TLD's role.)
  • RFID Virus - A paper alerting to the insecurity of the RFID tags.
  • The Flushing Community - A proposal for using the toilets.nyc domain name to help clean Flushing Bay, and in the process saving the city $2,300,000,000. 
  • New York Times - 10 Best IoT Features of 2009.
  • The Handle System - The new and improved Net? 

Key .nyc Pages