Re: Project Boundaries

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Wed May 12 2004 - 10:34:34 CDT

On May 12, 2004, at 6:05 AM, Arthur Keller wrote:
> 1. At polling place, no DBMS.  Flat files using defined schemas to
> represent a "database" of sorts, though.
> 2. At county elections HQ, DBMS with standardized schema compatible
> with flat files at polling places.

Not a disagreement of fact, but of nomenclature. It is slightly "off"
to call hierarchical XML files "flat." I think for Ed's document it is
better to replace the word "flat" with the word/acronym "XML" (I know
that -in principle- some other non-XML format would work, but XML is
widespread enough that it's foolish to look elsewhere in this case).

As to "election central": first, I think it's a pretty good shorthand.
It can include both County and State, as well as potentially other
bigger-than-precinct canvassing levels, depending on jurisdictional
rules. Anyway, for that, I think we can specifically say "RDBMS"
(R=Relational). Again, I know you *could* use hierarchical IMS, or
some OODBMS. But it ain't gonna happen.
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