Over in his blog, Arnaud Le Hors has an excellent piece called “A Standards Quality Case Study: W3C.”
With all the fuss about ISO recently, I think people need to remember that important, and sometimes more important, standards work is taking place in standards groups like the W3C, OASIS, IEEE, OMG, and the OAGI. That is, in my opinion, the ultimate stamp of quality and acceptance need not be from the ISO or one of the other I** organizations. It can be but today that evidently is not automatic.
I know that procurement laws may require international standards in some cases. Maybe it’s time to revisit those laws and instead have them relate to quality, openness, and transparency rather than historical working arrangements.