In the approximately-ten years that most of the well-known Ed Tech Standards bodies have been in existence, it has been hard work to make but a little progress. Why is this? I believe one factor is that there was a premature rush to create high-status specifications and formal standards. There is, however, some light at the end of the tunnel as there is growing evidence (anecdote maybe?) that more grass-roots models may be effective.
I have written a short document to explore this and possible synergies between formal and informal approaches (MS Word) as a position paper for a meeting on Jan 12th 2010. Other position papers may be found on the meeting page.