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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.

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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 (http://www.ccsds.org/). See http://www.ccsds.org/documents/650x0b1.pdf.

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