Open standards development is true democracy: a terribly slow, painful and grinding process that is nonetheless better than all of the alternatives.
Last week was the most recent SBOL workshop (actually, just part of the larger COMBINE workshop on biological standards). I attended remotely, so I was only there for a portion of the event, but I was still able to participate in many of the key discussions on the issues that we are trying to resolve with SBOL. Modern video conferencing is amazing, and we also just adopted new moderation rules (aimed at making discussions more inclusive and constructive) that also have the side effect of making it much easier for remote participants to get a word in edgewise.
Read Beal's full blog post here.