Re: OVC front page

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Wed May 26 2004 - 15:51:37 CDT

At 3:07 PM -0400 5/26/04, David Mertz wrote:
>This might be less clear. EVM2003 is partially independent of OVC.
>Some EVM2003 developers have clamored for a still greater autonomy
>here, especially if/when some of the funded proposals go through...
>for example, Arthur is pretty clear he doesn't want EVM2003
>developers involved (certainly not funded) if the UC proposal is
>funded. In such a case, EVM2003 developers will want to
>independently update and maintain EVM2003--transforming the demo
>into a more general reference platform (we made appropriate design
>decisions along the way to enable turning it into general-purpose
>voting software).

(1) I would be happy to see the developers of EVM2003 turn it into
software that could be certified. Competition is good.

(2) While I don't want volunteer *developers*, or at least not until
there are funded people to manage the project, I am happy to get
design advice and critiquing of what we do. Plus, we will be
publishing our open source code, so by all means make suggestions and
proposed changes. But (a) those changes will need to be vetted by
paid staff, and (b) we will not *rely* on volunteer labor for any
component. Nonetheless, contributed code and contributed components
will be considered, depending on license compatibility issues.

 From a project management perspective, I can't promise to accomplish
something in a given time frame if I am relying on volunteers. I
must rely on paid staff (including students) who report to me. The
fact that the original schedule for EVM2003 was to give a demo in
October, or at least in 2003, and the demo did not occur until April
2004, suggests that my risk management is prudent. I hope that
clarifies things.

Best regards,

Arthur M. Keller, Ph.D., 3881 Corina Way, Palo Alto, CA  94303-4507
tel +1(650)424-0202, fax +1(650)424-0424
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