how much of what you dislike and how much archivists worry about different camera companies using different raw formats rather than Adobe's DNG would be solved by "Disclosure" and "Transparency", with or without standardization on a single format?
By this I mean the publication of full specifications for each raw format, which could then either be stored with any archives using that format, or used to convert to an approved archival format.
Disclosure and transparency would be useful but that's really only 2 of the seven sustainability factors. With almost 300 raw file formats out there right now, one of the biggest current issues is one of Adoption. Going back to the early 1990's and the Kodak 400 series cameras (which Kodak has ceased any
support for) till now, we have about averaged about 15 new undocumented, proprietary raw file formats a year in the 20 years or so of digital photography. The moving average is much higher because very few cameras started coming out till after 2002 or so. So, take that 15 new file formats forward, what's gonna happen in another 10 years, 25 years, 50 years? Will anybody even support all the new and old file formats forever? It's far less likely with so many file formats out there now and new ones every 6 months of so.
Unchecked by adopting some sort of standard, it's only getting worse, not better. Unless and until somebody stands up to the Nikons & Canons and says, enough...and holds their toes to the fire and forces them to adopt standards, this stuff isn't gonna get better.
That's why it's so critical that photographers know this stuff and don't get hoodwinked by a few doubting Toms who spread FUD and keep letting the camera companies off the hook for the mess they have created.
That's why it's important that every photographer that buys a new camera and then complains that Adobe is taking too long to support their new baby, get their butts kicked so they know who to really blame...the camera companies! We just went through this again with the Nikon D800 & Canon 5D MIII...every time some idiot stands up and screams about Adobe dragging their feet, read them the friggin' riot act and tell them THEY are the problem...but a new camera before the rest of the industry can adopt the new raw file formats is completely the camera companies' fault–and their fault for enabling the camera companies to pull this crap repeatedly each and every time they foist a new camera on the industry.
Look, the camera companies have fallen into this trap. For the vast majority of the history of photography, it was never the camera companies in charge of conservation and preservation. It was the film and paper companies who have the longer history (and even they weren't too good at it...got many unfaded Kodacolor prints from the 1970's left).The camera companies' traditional role has been to make a light tight camera that could hold the film (without scratches) and form a light onto the film. Nikon and Canon know diddly squat about conservation and preservation...
You really want the foxes in charge of the hen house? I don't...
So each time some yoyo says, "but DNG will retard the camera companies' freedom to develop new cameras" (read make new file formats) tell darn tooting and maybe that's a good idea for the industry for the long term. Short term camera churn is how we got into this mess in the first place.