First of all, quoting from their website:
Family History Information Standards Organisation is a community-driven organisation established for the purpose of developing genealogy and family history information standards on a modern platform that isAt least part of the FHISO organization (they spell their word "organisation" using English spelling) has been very vocal, FHISO organiser Tony Proctor of the Parallax View blog, has been posting regularly about the issues surrounding genealogical data standardization. From my perspective, Tony almost seems to be the lone voice in the wilderness with about the right mixture of computer programmer and genealogist.
Consistent with my previous views on the subject of genealogical data standardization, I think that practical implementation speaks louder than words. There is no question that an agreement between two or more major genealogical database providers for standards in the method of file transfer would speak louder than all the discussion going on. I just thought it would be a good idea to weigh in on this subject from time to time. I would love to hear that progress is being made.