Re: What is Data Model FOR?

From: <dr-jekyll_at_att_dot_net>
Date: Fri Apr 30 2004 - 07:21:54 CDT

Hi Doug,

> At each precinct, a precinct-level canvass is conducted, reporting:
> a The number of ballots counted
> b The number of votes for each candidate or position on an issue
> c The number of undervotes for each race
> d The number of overvotes for each race (always zero for DRE)
> e The number of voters who signed in to vote at this precinct
> f The number of provisional ballots distributed at this precinct

The Data Model I proposed will support all of these, e's being manual process as you have already stated. In fact, the data item PROV_BALL_ID supports item f.

In fact, the openness of our data layouts, be they either for download (SOS and counties put the lists of contests, candidates, ballot questions, etc for public, read-only access) or to support canvassing by having the polling stations report their results in a similar manner, would position us to become the source of a de facto standard for interchange of this information -- and rapid reporting of results, too.

> Regarding Data Models, they are not just for relational databases.
> Note that this is one of the most glaring failures of the Compuware
> report for the State of Ohio. They set a criterion for the voting
> system, that the data model of any database in the system be clearly documented,
> and then, on determining that the system used binary files with no
> database management software, as such, they claimed that the criterion was
> inapplicable.

Sad.

When I discussed this Data Model with some of the folks at NIST, one of them suggested that I submit it as an article to the ACM. She also suggested that I submit to OVC. Since submitting it, I've seen no reason to disbelieve in it. In my professional experience, the Data Models I've developed were proprietary property of the companies. What about my Data Model? Am I free to write about it or does my submitting to OVC make it proprietary property of OVC?

Kurt
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