(Informal) Databases and RDBMSs

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Tue May 11 2004 - 11:18:03 CDT

I wrote this (attribution got confused):
>> I'd go so far as to say that it's clear we DO NOT need a database at
>> the polling place.

On May 11, 2004, at 11:55 AM, Douglas W. Jones wrote:
> 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...you have a database.

I absolutely agree with Doug about this. Of course a system of XML
files, numbered and named according to a specification, and copied
between directories according to canvassing rules, is a database in a
theoretical (and real) sense.

But the rest of the thread was discussing the use of RDBMS,
particularly Free Software ones like MySQL and PostgreSQL. These are
often informally referred to as "databases"--in contrast to "mere" flat
files, etc--and I was using the informal sense. To be more precise:

   We DO NOT need, nor want, a RDBMS at polling places; but
   only at higher canvassing levels (county, state, etc).
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