Re: [OVC-discuss] [Fwd: NIST common data format workshop]

From: Edward Cherlin <echerlin_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Wed Oct 07 2009 - 20:20:24 CDT

On Fri, Aug 21, 2009 at 11:49 AM, Alan Dechert <dechert@gmail.com> wrote:
> NOTE: they're asking for a paper too.

Excellent. I have done some standards work in the past, with ISO,
ANSI, and IETF. I would like to help with the paper, as I did with an
earlier one.

I believe that the audibatibility requirement means that we need to
provide for digital signatures on interchanged datasets, and security
hashes on various subsets, just as in the OVC system. Whatever is
defined must not lock in cryptographic algorithms whose security will
decline with advances in hardware and research. Whatever data formats
are used should be easily importable into standard Free databases, and
easily manipulated for analysis and publication with Free tools.

Presumably we can take the communication between polling place
tabulation machines and central databases as our starting point for
the design, along with whatever we have proposed to publish on the
doors of the polling places and on the Internet. Presumably also other
needs will appear.

Also, I would like to propose to NIST that GPLed code of a reference
implementation be made a part of the standard, and that free licenses
for any patents involved should be required.

How are we for funding to attend? Who should go?

> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: "Wack, John" <john.wack@nist.gov>
> To: "'alan@openvoting.org'" <alan@openvoting.org>
> Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2009 14:00:01 -0400
> Subject: NIST common data format workshop
>
> Dear Alan,
>
> I would like to invite you to attend the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) workshop on developing requirements for a common data format for electronic voting systems, on October 29 and 30, 2009. This workshop will be held at the NIST campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
>
> The goal of this two-day workshop is to identify and agree upon a set of requirements for a common data format for electronic voting systems.  While there have been many calls for a common data format for voting systems, there is little consensus on the requirements for this format or what it is to accomplish.  Possible goals for a common data format include interoperability of different equipment, auditability, transparency, publishing (communication with consumers of election data, such as media outlets), integration between polls and registration, transitioning to electronic record-keeping, or the ability just to “get the data out,” by any means possible.
>
> This workshop aims to (a) begin a discussion on the above issues among experts in the election community who would work with a common data format, including election officials, auditors, manufacturers, testing labs, and others involved in election analysis, and (b) arrive at basic scoping for what a common data format is to accomplish and the basic requirements for what it must do.  Discussions during the workshop will address the following:
>
> ·        The current state and uses of common data formats;
>
> ·        “The customer”—existing and potential;
>
> ·        The customer’s goals—what data needs to be encoded in the format and how will it be used;
>
> ·        Next steps towards a common data format;
>
> ·        Willing contributors.
>
> Your attendance at the workshop would be very meaningful and I am hoping that you would consider developing a paper to present. The workshop announcement and further information is located at http://vote.nist.gov/CDF-WorkshopCallForPapers.htm. We will be posting more information as the workshop date grows closer.
>
> We have a block of hotel rooms reserved at a lower government rate at the local Holiday Inn, 301- 948-8900.  In order to receive the government rate, rooms must be booked within the “NIST/Common Data Format Workshop” block, no later than October 14, 2009.  For any further information on the technical aspects of the workshop, please feel free to contact me at john.wack@nist.gov, or 301-975-3411.  For information about workshop logistics, registration, or for any other questions, please contact Karen Yavetz at karen.yavetz@nist.gov, or 301-975-8498.
>
> Regards,
>
> John P. Wack
>
> Voting Program, National Institute of Standards and Technology
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