OASIS Mailing List ArchivesView the OASIS mailing list archive below
or browse/search using MarkMail.


Help: OASIS Mailing Lists Help | MarkMail Help

election-services message

[Date Prev] | [Thread Prev] | [Thread Next] | [Date Next] -- [Date Index] | [Thread Index] | [List Home]

Subject: FW: [announce] Members Approve Election Markup Language (EML) as OASIS Standard



Please see message from Carol, press release at:







-----Original Message-----
From: Carol Geyer [mailto:carol.geyer@oasis-open.org]
Sent: 13 February 2006 15:45
To: Siobhan Donaghy
Subject: FW: [announce] Members Approve Election Markup Language (EML) as OASIS Standard
Importance: High



Could you please send this message to the OASIS E&VS TC members for me?





OASIS Election and Voter Services Committee Members:


The following press release was issued this morning and is posted at http://www.oasis-open.org/news/oasis-news-06-02-13.php. Your

help in raising awareness of this exciting news would be most appreciated. Please consider:


*linking to this release from your organization's web site


*translating this press release into another language (notify me so OASIS can post or link to your translation)


*distributing the announcement to appropriate email lists, forums, etc.


*issuing a press release from your organization in support of EML and your participation in its development


*sending me links to any EML press coverage you see, so we can add to the Committee's Press page




With congratulations and thanks,






-----Original Message-----

From: Carol Geyer [mailto:carol.geyer@oasis-open.org]

Sent: Monday, February 13, 2006 8:06 AM

To: announce@lists.oasis-open.org

Subject: [announce] Members Approve Election Markup Language (EML) as OASIS Standard

Importance: High


Members Approve Election Markup Language (EML) as OASIS Standard


Boston, MA, USA; 13 February 2006 -- OASIS, the international standards consortium, today announced that its members have approved

the Election Markup Language (EML) version 1.0 as an OASIS Standard, a status that signifies the highest level of ratification.

Developed through an open process by the OASIS Election and Voter Services Technical Committee, EML enables the secure interchange

of information between electronic voting systems, software, and services.


"EML provides a high-level overview of the processes within an electronic voting system and XML schemas for the various data

interchange points between the e-voting processes," explained John Borras, out-going chair of the OASIS Election and Voter Services

Committee. "It describes the data requirements of the flows between electronic voting processes and addresses security issues

relating to the exchange of data."


Services addressed by EML include new voter registration, membership and dues collection, change of address tracking, redistribution

of electoral boundaries, requests for absentee/expatriate ballots, election timetabling, polling place management, election

notification and administration, ballot delivery and vote counting, and election results reporting and analysis.


"The increase in the use of electronic voting techniques around the world has resulted in an explosion of products and suppliers

addressing this market," said Siobhan Donaghy of OPT2VOTE Ltd, secretary for the OASIS Election and Voter Services Committee. "EML

provides the needed assurance that all these products can work to the same standard."


EML has been developed following work over several years by key representatives from IBM, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, and other

suppliers in collaboration with international government agencies across many countries. These organizations came together to

develop a robust and reliable standard that would provide a secure approach and sustain voter confidence in voting practices.


"EML is designed to benefit public officials who oversee voting in local or national elections and referendums, as well as those who

conduct private elections within corporations or other organizations. Suppliers of electronic voting systems profit from EML by

reducing their development costs," noted Patrick Gannon, president and CEO of OASIS. "Of course ultimately, it's the voters who

stand to gain the most from this standard. The added reliability that comes from using common data elements in a consistent manner

provides more security and reduces costs in the election process, which is a bottom-line benefit that has the potential to touch us



The OASIS Election and Voter Services Committee remains open to new participation. Those interested in implementing EML are

encouraged to exchange information via the public eml-dev mailing list (http://www.oasis-open.org/mlmanage/). As with all Consortium

projects, archives of the OASIS Election and Voter Services Committee's work are accessible to both members and non-members, and

OASIS hosts an open mail list for public comment on the standard.



About OASIS:

OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) is a not-for-profit, international consortium that

drives the development, convergence, and adoption of e-business standards. Members themselves set the OASIS technical agenda, using

a lightweight, open process expressly designed to promote industry consensus and unite disparate efforts. The consortium produces

open standards for Web services, security, e-business, and standardization efforts in the public sector and for application-specific

markets. Founded in 1993, OASIS has more than 5,000 participants representing over 600 organizations and individual members in 100

countries. Approved OASIS Standards include AVDL, CAP, DITA, DocBook, DSML, ebXML CPPA, ebXML Messaging, ebXML Registry, EML,

OpenDocument, SAML, SPML, UBL, UDDI, WSDM, WS-Reliability, WSRP, WS-Security, XACML, XCBF, and XML Catalogs.




Additional information:


OASIS Election and Voter Services Technical Committee:






Cover Pages Technology Report:




Press contact:


Carol Geyer

Director of Communications



+1.978.667.5115 x209









[Date Prev] | [Thread Prev] | [Thread Next] | [Date Next] -- [Date Index] | [Thread Index] | [List Home]