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E-Product Catalogues Robert AMOR*
 

Summary: E-Product Catalogues
Robert AMOR*
, Wolfgang KLOEP
Abstract: Online product catalogues for construction have tended to mimic
traditional paper-based catalogues. This approach adds very little value to the
electronic format and does not integrate well with the object-based design world
which is starting to become accepted within CAD systems. The development and
mass deployment of new Internet-based technologies such as XML, SOAP, UDDI,
WSDL, etc appear to offer a route to new approaches to online product catalogues.
The potential benefits provided by these technologies include: identification of
products via actual parameters; a single data transport mechanism; dynamic
identification of available products as required; the ability to handle multiple
information formats from manufacturers; support for product differentiation by
manufacturers; and manufacturer control of their information base. These potential
benefits have been tested in example projects which show that difficulties still
remain in creating an open framework for product brokering. The lessons learned
from these projects and paths for future work are presented here.
Keywords: manufactured product; online catalogue; XML; UDDI; WSDL
1 Introduction
Paper catalogues are still the main method of collating a large number of

  

Source: Amor, Robert - Department of Computer Science, University of Auckland

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences