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Automatic Data Processing
  • An assembly of computer hardware, firmware, and (ADP) Systemsoftware, configured for the purpose of calculating, computing, sorting, transmitting, receiving, storing and retrieving data with a minimum of human intervention. (CSC-STD-005-85;; CSC-STD-001-83;) (F:\NEWDEFS. TXT)
  • An interacting assembly of procedures, processes, methods, personnel, and equipment to perform automatically a series of data processing operations that result in a change in the semantic content of the data.
  • Data processing by means of one or more devices that use common storage for all or part of a computer program, and also for all or part of the data necessary for execution of the program; that execute user-written or user-designated programs; that perform user-designated symbol manipulation, such as arithmetic operations, logic operations, or character-string manipulations; and that can execute programs that modify themselves during their execution. Automatic data processing may be performed by a stand-alone unit or by several connected units. (FP)
  • Data processing largely performed by automatic means. (JCS1-DoD) (JCS1-NATO)
  • That branch of science and technology concerned with methods and techniques relating to data processing largely performed by automatic means. (JCS1-DoD) (JCS1-NATO)