Substitution of 'W*S' for 'WS-*' in Nick Gall's position paper yields a bunch of good lessons for the GIS standards bodies. For example:
Unfortunately, Web Services, at least the W*S style, are "Web" in name only. While W*S enables tunneling over HTTP (used merely as an XML message transport), in almost every important aspect, W*S violates (or at best ignores) the architectural principles of the Web as described in the W3C's Architecture of the World Wide Web, Volume One and in Tim Berners-Lee's personal design notes.
Via Pete Lacey.