Returning from the OGC's Technical Committee meeting, Ed Parsons writes:
... OGC needs to embrace and recognize the needs of the mass market, as I pointed out in my presentation maybe there is now a new requirement for interoperability, above the levels of W*S services at the mapping API level.
Ed's right, although I would eliminate the wishy-washy "mass market" term, cut right to the chase, and rephrase the statement as:
The OGC needs to embrace and recognize the needs of the Web.
W*S protocols have opened minds and hinted at possibilities, but are not engendering a geo-web. Pictures and data flow dutifully through channels, but there is no evolution of linkage, no complex, organic patterns or structures, no sum that is bigger than its parts. There's no web here.
It's time for a new approach. It's time to geo-enable the Web.
Update: Jo has more on the subject. I agree, "Mass Market" is patronizing.