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The OASIS Election and Voter Services Technical Committee is pleased to provide the following documentation with its submission of the Committee Specification of the EML v 4.0 Specification for Member Approval as an OASIS Standard.

1.   Links to the approved Committee Specification in the TC's document repository, and any appropriate supplemental documentation for the specification, both of which must be written using the OASIS templates. The specification may not have been changed between its approval as a Committee Specification and its submission to OASIS for consideration as an OASIS Standard, except for the changes on the title page and running footer noting the approval status and date.
       A consolidated zip file with all specifications and Schemas is publicly available from:


2.   The editable version of all files that are part of the Committee Specification;
        see EML v 4.0 Process and Data Requirements and EML v 4.0 Schema Descriptions in zip file referenced above.
3.  Certification by the TC that all schema and XML instances included in the specification, whether by inclusion or reference, including fragments of such, are well formed, and that all expressions are valid;
        I can certify that the schema and XML instances included in the specification are well formed and all expressions are valid.
4.  A clear English-language summary of the specification:

        The Election mark-up Language (EML) specification defines the standard for the structured interchange of data among hardware, software, and  service     providers who engage in any aspect of providing election or voter services to public or private organizations.

    The specification consists of:

5.  A statement regarding the relationship of this specification to similar work of other OASIS TCs or other standards developing organizations:

         To our knowledge this specification has no relationship to any other work of other OASIS TCs or other standards developing organizations.

6.  Certification by at least three OASIS member organizations that they are successfully using the specification consistently with the OASIS IPR Policy:

        Oracle - see http://www.oasis-open.org/apps/org/workgroup/election/download.php/15925/FW%20EML%20-%20VERY%20URGENT%20-%20ORACLE.htm
        Accenture - to follow shortly
        Opt2Vote - to follow shortly
7  The beginning and ending dates of the public review(s), a pointer to the announcement of the public review(s), and a pointer to an account of each of the comments/issues raised during the public review period(s), along with its resolution;
        See attached.   No comments/issues were raised during the public review.

8An account of and results of the voting to approve the specification as a Committee Specification, including the date of the ballot and a pointer to the ballot;
        see http://www.oasis-open.org/apps/org/workgroup/election/ballot.php?id=899

9An account of or pointer to votes and comments received in any earlier attempts to standardize substantially the same specification, together with the originating TC's response to each comment;
        This specification has not previously been submitted to OASIS for standardization.

10A pointer to the publicly visible comments archive for the originating TC; 

          - http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/election-services-comment/

11  A pointer to any minority reports submitted by one or more Members who did not vote in favour of approving the Committee Specification, which report may include statements regarding why the member voted against the specification or that the member believes that Substantive Changes were made which have not gone through public review; or certification by the Chair that no minority reports exist.
           No such reports exist.
Please let me know if you require any further information.
John Borras
Chair E&VS TC

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--- Begin Message --- To:  OASIS members, public announce lists

    The OASIS Election and Voter Services TC has approved the following specification as a Committee Draft and approved the package for public review:

        Election Markup Language (EML) v4.0 
            Part 1: EML Process & Data Requirements Version 4.0 
            Part 2: EML Schema Descriptions Version 4.0 

The public review starts today, 15 September 2005, and ends 14 November 2005.  This is an open invitation to comment.  Please feel free to distribute this announcement within your organization and to other appropriate mail lists.

     Public review from potential users, developers and stakeholders is an important part of the OASIS process to assure interoperability and quality.  Comments are solicited from all interested parties. 

    More non-normative information about the specification and the technical committee may be found at the public home page of the TC at http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/election/. Comments may be submitted to the TC by any person, by a web-form that can be reached either on that page, via the button marked  "Send A Comment" at the top of that page, or directly at  http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/comments/form.php?wg_abbrev=election.

     Submitted comments (for this work as well as other works of that TC) are publicly archived and can be viewed at http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/election-services-comment/. All comments submitted to OASIS are subject to the OASIS Feedback License, to assure that the comment may be freely re-used by the TC;  the license terms can be found on the comment web-form.

    The specification documents and related documents are available here:

ZIP file of PDF copies, XSDs:  http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/download.php/14032/EML%20Public%20Review%20Draft%20v1.zip
ZIP file of HTML copies, specs only:  http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/download.php/14489/EML-public-review-draft-html.zip

    1.  EML Process & Data Requirements Version 4.0
        HTML (in HTML Zip):  EML v4.0 Process and Data Requirements.htm
        PDF (in PDF Zip):  EML v4.0 Process and Data Requirements.pdf

    2.  EML Schema Descriptions Version 4.0
        HTML (in HTML Zip):   EML v4.0 Process and Data Requirements.pdf
        PDF (in PDF Zip):  EML v4.0 Process and Data Requirements.pdf

    3.  EML v4.0 Data Dictionary
        Spreadsheet (in PDF Zip):  EML v4.0 Data Dictionary.xls

    4.  38 sample schema (.XSD files) (in PDF Zip)

    OASIS and the Technical Committee welcome your comments.

~   James Bryce Clark
~   Director, Standards Development, OASIS
~   jamie.clark@oasis-open.org

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