Re: [Fwd: NIST common data format workshop]

From: Fred McLain <mclain_at_zipcon_dot_net>
Date: Fri Aug 21 2009 - 14:03:42 CDT

Interesting. I've worked with and trained on NIST Common Criteria at
Boeing. If you have any questions about this stuff give me a shout.

        -Fred-
On Aug 21, 2009, at 11:49 AM, Alan Dechert wrote:

> NOTE: they're asking for a paper too.
>
> From: "Wack, John" <john.wack@nist.gov>
> Date: August 21, 2009 11:00:01 AM PDT
> To: "'alan@openvoting.org'" <alan@openvoting.org>
> Subject: NIST common data format workshop
>
>
> Dear Alan,
>
> I would like to invite you to attend the National Institute of
> Standards and Technology's (NIST) workshop on developing
> requirements for a common data format for electronic voting systems,
> on October 29 and 30, 2009. This workshop will be held at the NIST
> campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
>
> The goal of this two-day workshop is to identify and agree upon a
> set of requirements for a common data format for electronic voting
> systems. While there have been many calls for a common data format
> for voting systems, there is little consensus on the requirements
> for this format or what it is to accomplish. Possible goals for a
> common data format include interoperability of different equipment,
> auditability, transparency, publishing (communication with consumers
> of election data, such as media outlets), integration between polls
> and registration, transitioning to electronic record-keeping, or the
> ability just to “get the data out,” by any means possible.
>
> This workshop aims to (a) begin a discussion on the above issues
> among experts in the election community who would work with a common
> data format, including election officials, auditors, manufacturers,
> testing labs, and others involved in election analysis, and (b)
> arrive at basic scoping for what a common data format is to
> accomplish and the basic requirements for what it must do.
> Discussions during the workshop will address the following:
>
> · The current state and uses of common data formats;
> · “The customer”—existing and potential;
> · The customer’s goals—what data needs to be encoded in the
> format and how will it be used;
> · Next steps towards a common data format;
> · Willing contributors.
>
> Your attendance at the workshop would be very meaningful and I am
> hoping that you would consider developing a paper to present. The
> workshop announcement and further information is located athttp://vote.nist.gov/CDF-WorkshopCallForPapers.htm
> . We will be posting more information as the workshop date grows
> closer.
>
> We have a block of hotel rooms reserved at a lower government rate
> at the local Holiday Inn, 301- 948-8900. In order to receive the
> government rate, rooms must be booked within the “NIST/Common Data
> Format Workshop” block, no later than October 14, 2009. For any
> further information on the technical aspects of the workshop, please
> feel free to contact me at john.wack@nist.gov, or 301-975-3411. For
> information about workshop logistics, registration, or for any other
> questions, please contact Karen Yavetz at karen.yavetz@nist.gov, or
> 301-975-8498.
>
> Regards,
>
> John P. Wack
>
> Voting Program, National Institute of Standards and Technology
>
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