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Interoperability Working Groups and Common Data Format

The Interoperability working groups are for the discussion and development of guidance for voting system interoperability, including common data format (CDF) modeling and schema development. The guidance will inform the development of requirements for the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG). The main activity underway is the development of CDF specifications for voting device imports and exports. Another activity is assisting with interoperability-related requirements development for the next VVSG.

Many election officials view voting system interoperability as necessary core function for future voting technology. This working group has as its objective the development of guidance and CDFs that will result in voting system interoperability, bringing with it various advantages, including:

  • Increased efficiency in election operations.
  • Cost savings to election operations and to cost of system integration.
  • Greater choice of voting equipment in the marketplace.
  • More automated generation of EAC survey data.
  • Reduced cost of testing and component certification.
  • Greater transparency to election data.

Next VVSG Requirements Development

The working group has been assisting in the development of principles and guidelines and general interoperability requirements for the next VVSG.

The latest draft of the VVSG glossary is located here:

VVSG_2-Glossary-draft-18-6-13.docx

These definitions will in some cases need to be edited so as to be more clear, but they also need to be examined by election officials and others to ensure the definitions are accurate. If you have any changes or suggestions, please send email to john.wack@nist.gov.

The latest draft of general interoperability requirements is located here:

The latest drafts of the requirements by voting activity are located here: Many of the requirements are taken from a 2012 update to the 2007 TGDC Recommendations to the EAC. Chapter 7 of that document is included, below:

CDF Overviews

Introduction to the CDF Project

Frequently Asked Questions

What is GitHub

CDF Working Groups

There are currently four CDF specifications under development as well as two additional efforts to 1) rigorously define voting variations such as RCV and (2) create business process models of election processes. Each of these activities has

  • its own subgroup and mailing list, accessible via an individual twiki subgroup page,
  • its own GitHub repository for storing specification materials, and
  • an associated web-based version of the specification documentation that is linked to the GitHub repository.

The following table contains the appropriate links to the above items:

twiki Subgroup Page GitHub Repository Documentation
Cast Vote Records usnistgov/CastVoteRecords pages.nist.gov/CastVoteRecords
Election Event Logging usnistgov/ElectionEventLogging pages.nist.gov/ElectionEventLogging
Election Modeling usnistgov/ElectionModeling pages.nist.gov/ElectionModeling
Election Results Reporting usnistgov/ElectionResultsReporting pages.nist.gov/ElectionResultsReporting
Voter Records Interchange usnistgov/VoterRecordsInterchange pages.nist.gov/VoterRecordsInterchange
Voting Methods Models usnistgov/VotingMethods TBD

Current Status and Meetings

The NIST Voting System Interoperability Working Group meets by telecon generally the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 3pm Eastern/12pm Pacific, whereas the subgroups may meet at other times (consult the specific twiki pages). The interoperability working group meetings generally include overviews of current work and discussion of broader issues such as overall scope of the CDF work. In addition, the meetings also may focus on interoperability-related requirements for the next VVSG.

Recent Meeting Minutes:

Membership

Email Lists

The primary Interoperability Working Group mailing list is:

Additional interoperability subgroup email lists include:

To join the list or find more information about list policies and related procedures, please visit the VVSG Working Group Lists page.

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HumanFactors
InteroperabilityWorkingGroupMembershipList
July28InteroperabilityTelecon
MeetingMinutesJuly142017
MembershipPage
OnLineVoterRegistration
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