Re: Open Source Quality

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Tue May 11 2004 - 10:55:03 CDT

On May 10, 2004, at 9:37 PM, Arthur Keller wrote:
> I'd go so far as to say that it's clear we DO NOT need a database at
> the polling place.

We may not have a database management system in the polling place,
but the moment you have a collection of files, some containing
electronic ballot images, some containing electronic ballot
definitions, and some containing audit records of one kind or
another, you have a database.

If you insist on ignoring this fact, you are at risk of ending
up with an ad-hoc design. So, we should pay attention to the fact
that we indeed do have a database in the voting machine. It need
not be stored using a general-purpose database system, but we must
be aware of it's data model, and we might as well be prepared to
export the data in a data format that allows its import into standard
database systems.

                Doug Jones
                jones@cs.uiowa.edu
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