The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) membership has approved the OGC Network Common Data Form (netCDF) Core Encoding Standard, and netCDF Binary Encoding Extension Standard - netCDF Classic and 64-bit Offset Format as official OGC standards.
UCAR/Unidata and other OGC members introduced netCDF into the OGC as a candidate OGC standard to encourage broader international use and greater interoperability among clients and servers interchanging data in binary form. Among other benefits, this will make the large collections of environmental netCDF data more readily accessible and usable by non-experts. In addition to their ongoing development of netCDF itself, Unidata Program Center staff have been working with the OGC to provide the formal specifications necessary for netCDF's adoption as an OGC standard.
The full OGC press release is available here: OGC announces netCDF Standard for Communicating Multidimensional Data.