From a Quora member who worked on standards committees:
"committee members provide their time ‘free of charge’"
"Basically, there is a large overhead in running a standards organization which is not attributable to any single standard. There are also very important standards with very small audiences"
ISO seems to take a broad approach to professionalism, rather than taking the more Laissez-faire approach that you might get from organizing a standard through say... Github. ISO is authoritative and that costs $$$.
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