Following up on the OSGeo Python API discussion (nothing new there), I stumbled onto this warning that Atom and JSON may be sealing our doom:
Some of the issues that are are attracting a lot of effort are about simplifying spatial data (GeoRSS, GeoJSON, BXFS etc). These appear to be about catering to the 'pretty picture' use of spatial information.
GeoRSS and GeoJSON are about disseminating data effectively on the Web and designing for serendipitous reuse. GeoRSS is a hypertext format for building distributed applications. GeoJSON is a wire format for passing geometries between clients and servers of "Web 2.0" applications. Both of these features will be increasingly important to future research applications, and GML is well suited to neither of them.
I'm regularly seeing serious efforts to address the analysis use of spatial data (e.g. GML 3 and complex features) ridiculed.
I have seen the complexity of GML ridiculed, yes, but I have never seen scientific analysis itself ridiculed by the same parties.
Meanwhile 2050 is fast approaching, if we are to believe the climate change predictions.
No, GML skepticism does not equate to ambivalence about science or the sustainability of our planet.