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I-D ACTION:draft-dfncis-netnews-admin-sys-06.txt



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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
compliant software.

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