Re: What is Data Model FOR?

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Thu Apr 29 2004 - 01:40:48 CDT

At 5:40 AM +0000 4/29/04, wrote:
>Does "vote aggregation" mean vote totals? The Data Model I
>submitted does have a place for accumulating vote totals. For the
>Ballot Questions, there is a Yes_Ctr and a No_Ctr. The Candidate
>For Office has Vote_Ctr.
>Regarding Data Models, they are not just for relational databases.
>A Data Model is a documented description of the data requirements of
>a system, even a 3x5 card system.

Kurt, I have not had time to review your proposal. I, for one, know
what a Data Model is, and I've even taught how to make them at
several universities, including at courses at universities overseas.
A DTD is a type of data model, for example. (My PhD was on updating
relational databases through views.)

Right now, I'm worry about basic architecture and high level
description of what we're proposal to build. I met today with Karl
Auerbach to discuss these issues, and he will send out a summary of
our meeting. My immediate objective is to provide the necessary
information to enable the Secretary of State's office to make the
decision to fund us.

Unfortunately, thinking about Data Models, something I actually
enjoy, is not something I can do right now. Besides the time I'm
spending on the voting project, I have other projects I'm doing. I
expect I'll be able to spend a lot more time on the voting stuff if a
UC project is funded.

Best regards,

Arthur M. Keller, Ph.D., 3881 Corina Way, Palo Alto, CA  94303-4507
tel +1(650)424-0202, fax +1(650)424-0424
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