[rfc-dist] RFC 4707 on Netnews Administration System (NAS)

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Wed Oct 25 19:09:52 PDT 2006


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        RFC 4707

        Title:      Netnews Administration System (NAS) 
        Author:     P. Grau, V. Heinau,
                    H. Schlichting, R. Schuettler
        Status:     Experimental
        Date:       October 2006
        Mailbox:    nas at fu-berlin.de, 
                    nas at fu-berlin.de, 
                    nas at fu-berlin.de,  nas at fu-berlin.de
        Pages:      49
        Characters: 86510
        Updates/Obsoletes/SeeAlso:   None

        I-D Tag:    draft-dfncis-netnews-admin-sys-07.txt

        URL:        http://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc4707.txt

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, news administrators, and
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, which provides 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.  This memo defines an Experimental Protocol for the Internet community.


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Joyce K. Reynolds and Sandy Ginoza
USC/Information Sciences Institute

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