An Architecture for Information Commerce Systems

Manfred Hauswirth, Mehdi Jazayeri, Zoltan Miklós, Ivana Podnar, Elisabetta Di Nitto, Andreas Wombacher

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The increasing use of the Internet in business and commerce has created a number of new business opportunities and the need for supporting models and platforms. One of these opportunities is information commerce (i-commerce), a special case of ecommerce focused on the purchase and sale of information as a commodity. In this paper we present an architecture for i-commerce systems using OPELIX (Open Personalized Electronic Information Commerce System) [11] as an example. OPELIX provides an open information commerce platform that enables enterprises to produce, sell, deliver, and manage information products and related services over the Internet. We focus on the notion of information marketplace, a virtual location that enables i-commerce, describe the business and domain model for an information marketplace, and discuss the role of intermediaries in this environment. The domain model is used as the basis for the software architecture of the OPELIX system. We discuss the characteristics of the OPELIX architecture and compare our approach to related work in the field.
Original languageUndefined
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2001
Event6th International Conference on Telecommunications, ConTEL 2001 - Zagreb, Croatia
Duration: 13 Jun 200115 Jun 2001


Conference6th International Conference on Telecommunications, ConTEL 2001
Other13-15 June 2001


  • EWI-10618
  • IR-61826

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