eCI@ss - The leading classification system
ISSN der Zeitschrift
Informatik 2005 – Informatik Live! Band 2
Regular Research Papers
Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V.
The exchange of product data is an essential part of e-business: product selection, business transactions, maintenance procedures etc. rely on the availability of data about products. To ensure a common understanding and a general treatment of product data, classification and dictionary systems are used to define their essential technical parameters and/or to categorize the products. The importance of classification and dictionary systems has been recognized by major companies and industry branches. Many industry organizations have started to build their own specific classification or dictionary system, and big buyers have started to force their suppliers to use them.