I remember reading something a few months back, in the latter half of 2012, about a coordinated group effort to design a new standard for sharing geographic / spatial data. It has or aims to have the potential of replacing the showing-its-age (20+ yrs) de-facto standard of the Esri shapefile as the means of choice for widely sharing our data across all devices and platforms. Aside from addressing the most pressing shapefile limitations, this new thing incorporates raster and metadata too.
This big-important-thing I don't recall is not SpatiaLite - Shapefile of the future? or Are there any attempts to replace the shapefile? but some of the conversation swirling around it was similar. I spent quite some time today trying to track this down, but my search-fu proved not up to the task (which might not bode well for its future).
Please, what is the name of this elusive project that has the potential to deeply impact all our workflows? (Assuming it gets off the drawing board, lord knows we need something to.) And, how or where does one get involved or at least keep track of it?