@herrmann, good points, and perhaps your proposal of frictionless data community in the role as WHATWG, is a complement of my proporsal of SIMPLE-tabular-data-model standard
Trying to explain how…
When we talk about “broad standards” as XML, UTF8, HTML, CSV, etc. the adoption of the standard not imply the use of the “full standard”, we can adopt a kind of “subset of the standard”…
When we talk about open data, there are an open data publisher framework (p. eg. https://data.gov.uk ) that is the “local authority”, so this authority can obligate publishers to adopt some specific “local standard based on a broad standard”.
This pattern is usual:
standard_X + some_constraints_C = local_standard
an organization’s standard template over the HTML standard (X=HTML, C=template);
the SciELO adoption of the JATS standard is described as “JATS plus SciELO style”, resulting in the SPS local standard, so:
X=JATS, C=SciELO style, local standard = SPS
And when the local standard of an autority is open (have an open license), any other autority can reuse it. In fact, good HTML templates are reused, and the SciELO-Brasil local SPS is reused by SciELO-Chile, SciELO-Spain, etc.
PROPOSAL: to develop at frictionless data community a SIMPLE-tabular-data-model standard (a set of constraints over W3C-tabular-data-model that will simplify it), that will be usefull for open data publishers.
PS: about to the problem of «dereference some URLs to retrieve the necessary metadata» that you explained, it is an optional feature of the W3C-tabular-data-model standard, and a typical feature to be removed from its simplified version.