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Title : Netnews Administration System (NAS)
Author(s) : P. Grau, V. Heinau, H. Schlichting
Filename : draft-dfncis-netnews-admin-sys-06.txt
Pages : 49
Date : 2003-6-18
The Netnews Administration System (NAS) is a framework to simplify
the administration and usage of network news (also known as Netnews)
on the Internet. Data for the administration of newsgroups and
hierarchies are kept in a distributed hierarchical database and are
available through a client-server-protocol.
The database is accessible by news servers and news administrators as
well as by news readers. News servers can update their configuration
automatically; administrators are able to get the data manually. News
reader programs are able to get certain information from an NAS
server, automatically or at a user's discretion, to provide detailed
information about groups and hierarchies to the user.
NAS is usable in coexistence with the current, established process of
control messages; an unwanted interference is impossible.
Furthermore, NAS is able to reflect the somewhat chaotic structure of
Usenet in a hierarchical database. NAS can be used without
modification of existing news relay, news server or news reader
software, however, some tasks will be better accomplished with NAS
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