I had a subtle realization while researching Standards Make the World: protocols rarely make the history books. In the moment of creation, folks recognize and appreciate their role, but the stories lose fidelity over time.
I wrote up a companion essay to SMTW called Protocol Histories, using the CubeSat as a prime and current example.
I’m not sure why it happens, although I have a few theories. But my research also gave me some ideas about how to fix the problem by creating narrative oral histories.
If nothing else, the essay prompted one commenter to point out this excellent IBM commercial, an alternate universe where standards and protocol entrepreneurs are properly celebrated.