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Digital Commerce Provides Interface for U.S. E-Commerce Catalog

Digital Commerce Corp. said it is providing an intuitive user interface technology as a key component of an Internet electronic commerce catalog pilot program sponsored by CommerceNet and the U.S. government.

The goal is to make government catalogs more cost-effective.

In the first stage of the pilot, DCC will provide the capability to allow comparison between data/content located at a number of government e-commerce sites as well as commercial catalog sites, the companies said. DCC's interface is intended to enable users to locate, access, and compare products in the marketplace using single search instructions and give them flexibility in how to compare products based on their preferred criteria.

Financial details of the project were not disclosed.

"DCC's strength is developing e-commerce solutions for government end-users and vendors to the government," said Tony Bansal, president and CEO. "This uniquely positions us to create virtual data interoperability solutions which will be key for the next phase of the e-commerce system. The pilot program is a great opportunity for us to explore virtual data interoperability issues that are not being addressed by any other standards body."

"This pilot project will pave the way for government's entry into the digital economy," said Tony Trenkle, co-chair of the Federal Electronic Commerce Program Office. "With broad, easy access to online purchasing catalogs, federal buyers will find items from a variety of sources on the Internet at competitive prices. Interoperability has the potential to slash procurement cycles and costs."

The catalog test program, based in Washington DC, is now in its pilot test phase after a comprehensive study revealed that the Federal Government could save in repetitive annual costs associated with the development and maintenance of multi inter-agency procurement catalogs, the firms said.

The results of the test will be submitted to a special U.S. Congress subcommittee as the working model to be replicated for wide-scale government deployment. The pilot includes the General Services Administration (GSA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Defense Information Services Agency (DISA), the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), and the Department of the Navy.

"CommerceNet is very pleased to have Digital Commerce's vast experience and proven advanced technologies for use in this pilot," said Ron Parsons, director of e-commerce business strategies and Eastern Region Operations for CommerceNet. "Working together with DCC and the other government and industry agencies, we look forward to developing a consistent growth plan that will provide the basis for secure electronic commerce environments and programs for the future."