It has irritated me for a while now that the interfaces on IModel don't take the request object as the first argument. When I originally wrote IModel, it was written in the context of "here is a general MVC module, and Woven will build upon this", but that turned out to be more trouble than it was worth -- there's no sense separating things out when you will never use MVC standalone. So the other interfaces, IView and IController, which were already considered web-aware, had access to the request, but not IModel.
I have been aware for some time now that IModel is an interface that is about preparing a model for display in a web browser -- much like Zope3's IView. It converts from whatever raw object interface is present on the original model, to an interface which exposes data suitable for traversal and insertion into a web template file.
So, tonight I went through and added the resource object as the first parameter to lookupSubmodel, getSubmodel, setSubmodel, getData, and setData. Changing the signature of methods which are widely used in a wide variety of situations is painful -- especially when you're changing an interface which is as fundamental to a system as IModel is to woven. However, thanks to the inspect module and some fancy use of positional optional arguments, I was able to come up with a solution that logs DeprecationWarnings whenever a method doesn't expect the request, and passes the request when a method does.