Re: [Fwd: Re: Now for something just a little different.]

From: Edward Cherlin <cherlin_at_pacbell_dot_net>
Date: Wed Dec 01 2004 - 18:37:43 CST

On Tuesday 30 November 2004 11:04 am, Robert Rapplean wrote:
> Edumnd R. Kennedy wrote:
> > http://www.govtech.net/?pg=news/news&id=92250
> >
> > Consolidated voter registration database for Kansas.
> > Consolidates 105 county databases (that are probably all
> > different.).
>
> That's pretty cool. I was on a team that was doing that for
> AAA's regional offices. Fewer offices, but the databases were
> huge and quite diverse in content. I actually wound up
> writing the tool that translated the databases, and then did a
> bit of programming with the tool to make the translations.
> You'd be surprised at how big a task that is.

I wouldn't. I know a little something about data warehousing from
a conference report I edited for GIGA Information Group, and an
acquaintance with a few software tools frequently used for
database cleanup. It's the biggest, messiest part of creating
large systems.

> I think that all voting registration systems need to be
> centralized where possible, and more accessible. The one here
> in Colorado is an antiquated mess that barely does the job.

Government seems always to know the cost of a system (afterwards,
anyway) but hardly ever its value.

-- 
Edward Cherlin
Generalist & activist--Linux, languages, literacy and more
"A knot! Oh, do let me help to undo it!"
--Alice in Wonderland
http://cherlin.blogspot.com
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