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 The overall site is organized into several essential sections:
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  The overall site is organized into several essential sections:
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  The purpose of the breadcrumbs is to orient the user to where they are in the Voting TWiki itself.
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 Templates are specific pages used for creating other pages, such as meeting pages, which are all intended to have a similar structure and similar kinds of information.

Specific templates that have been created for this portal already include:

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Essential TWiki User Tasks

The essential tasks of a TWiki user are to access, create, develop, and expand page content via the following user operations:

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The help pages for this Voting TWIki include this page, VotingTWikiHelp, as well as a set of HOW TO pages which detail how to carry out particular tasks and processes. Links to those pages occur throughout sections on this page.

 
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  In general, a website has individual web pages each of which can be linked to one another. Additional kinds of files and information may be associated with each page by attaching them to the desired page as attachments. Each web page contains specific kinds of information which may be represented and displayed in particular ways.

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Getting Oriented

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Essential Working Group Tasks

In the context of the working group activities, working groups will largely be working to perform the following kinds of Working Group Tasks:

  1. Identify high-level election processes
  2. Identify the essential steps or functions of each process
  3. Identify the rules of operation for each process and function (i.e., what essential principles, requirements, and assertions guide, restrict, and/or control the flow of the process?)
  4. Consider how #1-#3 may be implemented using particular technologies and platforms
  5. Consider what must be done to ensure that #1-#4 are:
    1. Usable
    2. Accessible
    3. Secure
    4. Interoperable
    5. Testable
    6. Certifiable
    7. Without internal contraction
    8. Well-made according to best practices in hardware, software, data, etc.
    9. Fit for their intended purpose
  6. Use #1-#5 to draft and/or to recommend:
    1. Particular standards
    2. Best practices
    3. Current priorities
    4. Future goals
    5. Essential issues
    6. Essential solutions/strategies
    7. Next steps

Working groups will carry out the above kinds of activities by:

  1. Identifying information they know, do not know, or need to know
  2. Researching and/or creating needed information
  3. Populating the TWiki with relevant information
  4. Meeting in-person or virtually to:
    1. Make plans
    2. Discuss work-in-progress, goals, priorities, and status
    3. Carry out the above Working Group Tasks
  5. Providing necessary work products such as:
    1. Processes
    2. Functions
    3. Logic – principles, requirements, assertions
    4. Standards
    5. Tests
    6. Workflows – for development and evaluation of election systems, election system tests, testing laboratories, certifying bodies, accreditation bodies, and end-users.

Working Group Subtasks: Supporting Research and Developmental Activities

Although working group activities will continually involve working toward particular developmental goals over time (such as the creation of a given standards, process models, principles, requirements, assertions, test methods, etc.), a given group may also become engaged in particular tasks which are necessary in order to realize these higher level goals such as:

  1. Performing research to answer specific questions
  2. Validating certain assumptions
  3. Testing certain models
  4. Developing particular content
Members are encouraged to leverage one another's strengths, collaborating to carry out particular activities, so as to facilitate the progress of the whole group.

Populating the TWiki with Knowledge, Plans, Work Products, and Status

As each group’s activities progress, it is important for group members to create and link together ideas within the TWiki website itself making pages for important topics or additional areas for consideration. In addition, as any Work Products are made (even as drafts or incremental updates) these should be posted in the TWiki as well so that the TWiki can always reflect both the current state of the group's knowledge as well as the current state of all activities occurring here.

Workflow-specific TWiki Areas

The overall layout of the primary TWiki site pages supports this overall development process.

Across the top of each page are buttons or links to the following key areas:

  1. Process-oriented Working Groups – where individuals can develop election-related processes, functions, logic, technology and implementation corresponding to Pre-Election, Election, and Post-Election phases of election activities
  2. Constituency Working Groups – where individuals can identify the most important implications in particular areas (usability, accessibility, security, interoperability, test) arising from the Process-oriented Working Groups

General Development Process

In general, the overall standards development process will be kicked off by an initial focus on essential processes and functions. This will provide the high-level impetus for all groups to begin working.

Over time groups will begin to consider particular technologies, architectures, scenarios, issues, conflicts, and/or questions.

Role of Subgroups

In order to answer questions, test hypotheses, and resolve issues, individuals and teams will form particular tasks to be carried out by subgroups.

These subgroups are expected to provide actionable output in support of higher-level activities.

Specific Pages Supporting Working Group Workflows

In the end, all groups are expected to form reasonable, reachable goals that result in concrete Work Products within certain periods of time.

Team Leads and other individuals are encouraged to develop and track their group activities via Timelines that are also placed and updated on the TWiki in the Status page.

Likewise, each drafted and/or completed Work Product should be versioned and posted on the Documents page.

In this way, everyone can always easily stay up-to-date regarding the particular activities and products occurring in each area.

Filling Out the Knowledge Base

As emphasized above, individuals are encouraged and expected to continually populate the TWiki with information they learn as they work. The Knowledge Base page has been created as an entry point to an Election-based Knowledge Web which we hope will eventually contain not only the immediate information arising from daily working group activities but also from more general thoughts and considerations in the election’s domain itself. In the end, we hope for this Knowledge Base to grow to a point where whenever a question comes up within the context of a group’s work that its answers can be quickly and satisfactorily found within the TWiki Knowledge Base itself. Thus, we encourage all individuals to populate the TWiki Knowledge Base with important election domain information whether as a result of performing direct working group research or for the purpose of gathering together domain knowledge in this single place, our Knowledge Base.

We wish you all the best of luck and are incredibly excited about the process and potential of working in this new, highly-collaborative manner.

 

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Getting Oriented

The overall site is organized into several essential sections:

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  2. Working Group Pages – such as the Election Process Working Group Pages and Constituency Working Group Pages
  3. Communication and Feedback Pages – such as Announcements, Status, and Documents
  4. Knowledge Base
  5. Help Pages
  6. Template Pages

Home Page

The Home Page is located at http://collaborate.nist.gov/voting/bin/view/Voting/WebHome.

Important User Interfaces

Important User Interfaces include:

  1. The Top User Interface
    1. The Breadcrumbs
    2. The Top Buttons
    3. The Top Navigation Bar
    4. The Dashboard
    5. The Left Menu Bar
  2. The Bottom Links

The Top User Interface

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These interfaces provide access to common functions carried out by TWiki users. These interfaces are all provided for the primary Essential Sections such as the Working Group Pages, the Home Page, etc.

The Breadcrumbs

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The purpose of the breadcrumbs is to orient the user to where they are in the portal itself.

This is very useful, for example, when working in topics in the Knowledge Base where, due to the high number of pages that will accumulate there, the Top Navigation Bar is no longer visible.

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The edit and attach buttons are provided at the top of each page for convenience so that users can quickly perform the high frequency tasks of:

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These include button links to the following:

Election Process Working Group Pages

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  1. Pre-Election Process Working Group Page
  2. Election Process Working Group Page
  3. Post-Election Process Working Group Page

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  2. Human Factors Working Group Page
  3. Interoperability Working Group Page
  4. Testing and Certification Working Group Page

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  2. Status Page
  3. Documents Page

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Help Pages

The help pages for this portal include this page ( http://collaborate.nist.gov/voting/bin/view/Voting/VotingPortalHelp ) as well as a set of HOW TO pages which detail how to carry out particular tasks and processes. Links to those pages occur throughout sections on this page.

Help Pages

The help pages for this portal include this page ( http://collaborate.nist.gov/voting/bin/view/Voting/VotingPortalHelp ) as well as a set of HOW TO pages which detail how to carry out particular tasks and processes. Links to those pages occur throughout sections on this page.

Template Pages

Templates are specific pages used for creating other pages, such as meeting pages, which are all intended to have a similar structure and similar kinds of information.

Specific templates that have been created for this portal already include:

  1. Meeting Template
  2. Process Template
  3. Function Template
  4. Sub Group Template
  5. Generic Topic Template

Templates are usually created and edited by site administrators maintain the portal's infrastructure and workflows.

Most users may only use templates when creating specific kinds of pages.

For example, if a given user needs to create a meeting page for an upcoming meeting, then they will select the MeetingTemplate template when creating that particular meeting page for their activities using the Create New Topic Page.

A user concerned with defining and documenting particular processes would use the ProcessTemplate template.

A user documenting a particular function may create a specific function page using the FunctionTemplate template.

A user creating a new subgroup to carry out a particular task may create a new sub group page using the SubGroupTemplate template.

A user creating a generic page or topic, such as a page in the KnowledgeBase will likely use the GenericTopicTemplate template.

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 The Voting Standards Development Portal has been implemented by a kind of collaboration platform and information medium called a TWiki. In turn, a TWiki is a kind of Wiki, which is essentially an editable website. Wiki is the essential technology upon which sites like Wikipedia are based. The first Wiki was designed as a way to see how ideas move through a group of people. It was created to foster collaboration among these many people, enabling them to represent their ideas in such a way that one idea could be linked to others, forming a whole network of associations being considered by a group. With many people editing and updating these ideas, a Wiki provides a way for the best representations of ideas to emerge from the ongoing editing of the site by many individuals. In the end, it will come to represent the overall knowledge of the group.

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  We wish you all the best of luck and are incredibly excited about the process and potential of working in this new, highly-collaborative manner.
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 As emphasized above, individuals are encouraged and expected to continually populate the TWiki with information they learn as they work. The Knowledge Base page has been created as an entry point to an Election-based Knowledge Web which we hope will eventually contain not only the immediate information arising from daily working group activities but also from more general thoughts and considerations in the election’s domain itself. In the end, we hope for this Knowledge Base to grow to a point where whenever a question comes up within the context of a group’s work that its answers can be quickly and satisfactorily found within the TWiki Knowledge Base itself. Thus, we encourage all individuals to populate the TWiki Knowledge Base with important election domain information whether as a result of performing direct working group research or for the purpose of gathering together domain knowledge in this single place, our Knowledge Base.

We wish you all the best of luck and are incredibly excited about the process and potential of working in this new, highly-collaborative manner.

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  1. Identify high-level election processes
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Likewise, each drafted and/or completed Work Product should be versioned and posted on the Documents page.

In this way, everyone can always easily stay up-to-date regarding the particular activities and products occurring in each area.

 

Filling Out the Knowledge Base

As emphasized above, individuals are encouraged and expected to continually populate the TWiki with information they learn as they work. The Knowledge Base page has been created as an entry point to an Election-based Knowledge Web which we hope will eventually contain not only the immediate information arising from daily working group activities but also from more general thoughts and considerations in the election’s domain itself. In the end, we hope for this Knowledge Base to grow to a point where whenever a question comes up within the context of a group’s work that its answers can be quickly and satisfactorily found within the TWiki Knowledge Base itself. Thus, we encourage all individuals to populate the TWiki Knowledge Base with important election domain information whether as a result of performing direct working group research or for the purpose of gathering together domain knowledge in this single place, our Knowledge Base.

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TWiki Help and Workflow – Essentials for Using the Voting Standards Development Portal

Essential Purpose and Background

The Voting Standards Development Portal has been implemented by a kind of collaboration platform and information medium called a TWiki. In turn, a TWiki is a kind of Wiki, which is essentially an editable website. Wiki is the essential technology upon which sites like Wikipedia are based. The first Wiki was designed as a way to see how ideas move through a group of people. It was created to foster collaboration among these many people, enabling them to represent their ideas in such a way that one idea could be linked to others, forming a whole network of associations being considered by a group. With many people editing and updating these ideas, a Wiki provides a way for the best representations of ideas to emerge from the ongoing updating of the site by many individuals.

In general, a website has individual web pages each of which can be linked to one another. Additional kinds of files and information may be associated with each page by attaching them to the desired page as attachments. Each web page contains specific kinds of content (information) which may be represented (tagged) and displayed in particular ways.

Essential TWiki User Tasks

The essential tasks of a TWiki user are to access, create, develop, and expand this content via the following user operations:

  1. Create a web page
  2. Edit / update / modify a web page
  3. Read / view a web page
  4. Rename a web page
  5. Move a web page
  6. Delete web page
  7. Create a web page template
  8. Create new content using page templates

Essential Working Group Tasks

In the context of the working group activities, working groups will largely be working to perform the following kinds of Working Group Tasks:

  1. Identify high-level election processes
  2. Identify the essential steps or functions of each process
  3. Identify the rules of operation for each process and function (i.e., what essential principles, requirements, and assertions guide, restrict, and/or control the flow of the process?)
  4. Consider how #1-#3 may be implemented upon particular technologies and platforms
  5. Consider what must be done to ensure that #1-#4 are
    1. Usable
    2. Accessible
    3. Secure
    4. Interoperable
    5. Testable
    6. Certifiable
    7. Without internal contraction
    8. Well-made according to best practices in hardware, software, data, etc.
    9. Fit for their intended purpose
  6. Use #1-#5 to draft and to recommend
    1. Particular standards
    2. Best practices
    3. Current priorities
    4. Future goals
    5. Essential issues
    6. Essential solutions/strategies
    7. Next steps
Working groups will carry out the above kinds of activities by:
  1. Identifying information they know, do not know, or need to know
  2. Researching and/or creating needed information
  3. Populating the TWiki with relevant information
  4. Meeting in-person or virtually to
    1. Make plans
    2. Discuss work-in-progress, goals, priorities, and status
    3. Carry out the above Working Group Tasks
  5. Providing necessary work products such as
    1. Processes
    2. Functions
    3. Logic – principles, requirements, assertions
    4. Standards
    5. Tests
    6. Workflows – for development and evaluation of election systems, election system tests, testing laboratories, certifying bodies, accreditation bodies, and end-users.

Working Group Subtasks: Supporting Research and Developmental Activities

Although working groups will continually involve working toward particular developmental goals over time (such as the creation of a given standards, process models, principles, requirements, assertions, test methods, etc.), a given group may become engaged in particular tasks which are necessary in order to realize these higher level goals such as:

  1. Performing research to answer specific questions
  2. Validating certain assumptions
  3. Testing certain models
  4. Developing particular content
As is often the case, various members will be more or less skilled than others in carrying out specific tasks. In this way, members are encouraged to collaborate carrying out particular activities so as to facilitate the progress of the whole group.

Populating the TWiki with Knowledge, Plans, Work Products, and Status

As the group’s activities progress, it is important for group members to create and link together ideas within the TWiki website itself – making pages for separate topics or areas for consideration. In addition, as any Work Products are made, even as drafts or incremental updates, these should also be updated in the TWiki as well so that the TWiki can always represent both the current state of the knowledge and the activities of all efforts occurring at this portal.

The overall layout of the primary TWiki site pages supports this overall development process. Across the top of each page are buttons or links to the following key areas:

  1. Process-oriented Working Groups – where individuals can develop election-related processes, functions, logic, technology and implementation corresponding to Pre-Election, Election, and Post-Election phases of election activities
  2. Constituency Working Groups – where individuals can identify the most important implications in particular areas (usability, accessibility, security, interoperability, test, certification) arising from the Process-oriented Working Groups

General Development Process

In general, the overall standards development process will be kicked off by an initial focus on essential processes and functions. This will provide the high-level impetus for all groups to begin working.

In specific, over time groups will begin to consider particular technologies, architectures, scenarios, issues, conflicts, and/or questions. In order to answer questions, test hypotheses, and resolve conflicts, individuals and teams will sprout particular tasks carried out by subgroups intended to perform this work and to provide actionable output in support of higher-level activities.

Specific Pages Supporting Working Group Workflows

In the end, all are expected to form reasonable, reachable goals that result in concrete Work Products within certain periods of time. Team Leads and other individuals are encouraged to develop and track their group activities via Timelines that are also placed and updated on the TWiki in the Status page. Likewise, each drafted and/or completed Work Product should be versioned and posted on the Documents page. In this way, everyone can always easily stay up-to-date regarding the particular activities and products occurring in each area.

Filling Out the Knowledge Base

As emphasized above, individuals are encouraged and expected to continually populate the TWiki with information they learn as they work. The Knowledge Base page has been created as an entry point to an Election-based Knowledge Web which we hope will eventually contain not only the immediate information arising from daily working group activities but also from more general thoughts and considerations in the election’s domain itself. In the end, we hope for this Knowledge Base to grow to a point where whenever a question comes up within the context of a group’s work that its answers can be quickly and satisfactorily found within the TWiki Knowledge Base itself. Thus, we encourage all individuals to populate the TWiki Knowledge Base with important election domain information whether as a result of performing direct working group research or for the purpose of gathering together domain knowledge in this single place, our Knowledge Base.

We wish you all the best of luck and are incredibly excited about the process and potential of working in this new, highly-collaborative manner.

 
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