NIST Workshop of a Common Data Format for Electronic Voting Systems

October 29 - 30, 2009
National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD

Papers and Presentations

The goal of this two-day workshop is to identify and agree upon a set of requirements for a common data format for 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, transition to electronic record-keeping, or the ability just to "get the data out" by any means possible. Stakeholders include manufacturers, election officials, the EAC, consumers of election data, voters, organizations with existing data formats (including OASIS and the Voting Information Project), academics, and others with related work.

Different goals have different consequences for the requirements, the scope of work, and the testing that must follow. For example:




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:

Workshop attendees are encouraged to submit papers in advance of the workshop. Two types of submissions are sought:

1. Position papers on requirements for common data formats (2-5 pages). Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) the following:
2. Papers describing current uses of data formats in U.S. elections and experiences with using the formats (2-10 pages), including (but not limited to) the following:

Authors may submit papers that have been presented or published elsewhere. Accepted papers and presentation slides will be made available on the web as well as in printed form to workshop attendees. Manuscripts will not be formally published.

Manuscripts should be sent to voting[at]nist[dot]gov by September 1, 2009. Decisions will be made by September 9, 2009.

Registration: Registration is required for this workshop. To register, please contact Karen Yavetz, via email at karen.yavetz[at]nist[dot]gov, by October 15, 2009. Please provide:

This information will be needed in order to provide workshop attendees with their NIST visitor badges.

For technical questions regarding the Common Data Format workshop, please contact John Wack at john.wack[at]nist[dot]gov.