Jiyan at BuildZoom includes this as one of his four conclusions about the current state of Big Data: “There is broad cultural acceptance of the value associated with common data formats as well as growing adoption of data standards across multiple societal levels.”
He mentions RSS, geotagging and open social media APIs as examples of the growth of technical standards. He also refers to Google's increasing focus on semantic search.
My own take is that standards at the technical level are a done deal. I think this has been true ever since the appearance of IP and HTML. But standards at the business level are still poorly served in many areas of life.
It's good to see the US government taking a lead in standards for its data and of course great standards work continues to be done in all kinds of industries. However, we must not relax our efforts to bring the benefits of standards to all aspects of human interaction. More and more groups recognize the critical importance of business data standards, and they continue to find each other and collaborate. Long may this process continue. Structure and Big Data