Can this be true? Finally a Shapefile replacement which would be a standard coming from the OGC? Maybe we're getting there! Here's an entry on the OGC Draft 'GeoPackage' Specification. You must take a look at the short presentation (below).
From Spatially Adjusted: "The specs are right what I’m looking for:
When I first saw it and the words OGC tied to it, I tried to hate it, I really did. But there is much here to like."
This is a topic we discussed a few times in the past in stories like: The future of the Shapefile format?, FOSS4G 2010 Notes: SpatiaLite, the Shapefile of the Future?, and The Shapefile 2.0 Manifesto.