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Subject: FW: [members] EML v4.0 Submitted for OASIS Standard

Happy New Year to you all.  What a way to start the NY - getting EML approved as an OASIS Standard.  All we need to do now is to get at least 50 OASIS members to vote for us when the voting opens on 16th Jan.  That's a hard target to achieve so we will need all of you to lobby your friends, and competitors, to vote for us.  When the ballot opens you will be able to see on our website who can vote and who has voted and we will need to encourage those people then.  In the meantime anything you can do to raise the awareness of the vote with your contacts would not go amiss.


-----Original Message-----
From: Mary McRae [mailto:mary.mcrae@oasis-open.org]
Sent: 03 January 2006 00:52
To: tc-announce@lists.oasis-open.org; members@lists.oasis-open.org
Subject: [members] EML v4.0 Submitted for OASIS Standard

OASIS Members:

The OASIS Election and Voter Services Technical Committee has submitted the following specification, which is an approved Committee
Specification, to be considered as an OASIS Standard:

Election Markup Language (EML) v 4.0

The TC's submission is attached below.

In accordance with the OASIS Technical Committee Process, the specification has already gone through a 60 day public review period:


OASIS members now have until the 15th of January to familiarize themselves with the submission below. OASIS members should give
their input on this question to the voting representative of their organization.

By the 16th of the month we will send out a Call For Vote to the voting representatives of the OASIS member organizations, who will
have until the end of the month to cast their ballots on whether this Committee Specification should be approved as an OASIS

The normative TC Process for approval of Committee Specifications as OASIS Standards is found at

Any statements related to the IPR of this specification are posted at:


Mary P McRae
Manager of TC Administration, OASIS
email: mary.mcrae@oasis-open.org
phone: 603.232.9090


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:

A generic process model that sets the scope of e-voting
A data catalogue that defines the data exchanged during the voting processes
a set of XML schemas that support the data exchanges
a discussion of the some of the common security requirements faced in different election scenarios, a possible security model, and
the mechanisms that are available in the EML specifications to help address those requirements. 

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

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

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/committees/download.php/15925/
        Accenture -  see http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/download.php/15940/
        Opt2Vote -  see  http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/download.php/15939/

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 http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/tc-announce/200509/msg00007.html        
	No comments/issues were raised during the public review.

8.  An 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/committees/ballot.php?id=899

9.  An 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.

10.  A 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.
John Borras
Chair E&VS TC


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