The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) was chosen for the development of PipelineML because their existing standards are well respected and highly adopted throughout many industries (if you use a smartphone, it likely uses OGC standards). Their procedures are well-defined and provide the structure needed to drive the initiative through its maturation. Their strategy is highly practical and not primarily academic – as some standards bodies tend to be. They promote open, interoperability, and vendor-neutrality with their standards as these values have become the bedrock of most data standards across numerous industries.