This is the first time I ever saw data standards called “delicious”. The Washington Watch blog used the word in a piece on the DATA [Digital Accountability and Transparency] Act, saying that while they support the Act, “those delicious data standards” and mandatory publication of data by agencies is more important than a new board of officials.
In the abstract, standards wrapped in laws are all you need. In reality, standards need people to build, maintain and extend them. Designing a good set of data standards is not a once-and-for-all task. Rather than setting some best practice in stone, we're directing a continuous and complex research, negotiation and publication process that's embedded in the real-world needs of a diverse community.