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Open Archival Information System

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n. (OAIS, abbr.) ~ A high-level model that describes the components and processes necessary for a digital archives, including six distinct functional areas: ingest, archival storage, data management, administration, preservation planning, and access.


The standard is not intended for use as an implementation model. The model was developed under the auspices of NASA's Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems ( See

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