GAO VVSG - definition of open software

From: David Webber \(XML\) <"David>
Date: Sat Jul 09 2005 - 11:55:46 CDT

Folks,

I'm looking for some wording here to recommend
for voting solutions to include and utilize
open specifications.

Here's what I have so far - please feel free to
improve / refine, etc.

You can never make this 100% - it will depend to
some extent on the vendor adopting not just the
sense of this but the spirit too. And this wording
leaves it open enough that the vendor(s)
can adopt some other appropriate standard, or
contribute to the development and extension of,
provided it is both open public and independently
verifiable.

The goal here is to have something that GAO /
NIST can feel comfortable with as generic
terminology that describes the type of behaviour
generally preferred - and then States can ask
for that in RFPs for equipment and solutions.

Thanks, DW

<vote_process_terms>
Digital vote records, audit trail control and vote process configuration
and control scripts should be implemented, stored and prepared using
formats defined by freely and openly available public specifications
that utilize content markup language techniques such as the widely
adopted eXtensible Markup Language (XML) syntax and derived
methods. Also the vote record formats themselves and handling
associated to them should conform to open public specifications
and process definitions that can be independently verified and
compatibility certified to, such as the OASIS Election Markup
Language (EML) process specifications that are royalty free
and provide open public license terms.
</vote_process_terms>

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