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Going Global with E-Commerce Content

E-commerce solutions provider Commerce One Inc. unveiled plans to develop a network to deliver quality e-catalog content to Commerce One-powered e-marketplaces across multiple industries worldwide.

The network will be based on the Commerce One Content Refinery technology infrastructure. Definitive documents for the new network are expected to be executed in the fourth quarter of 2000, the company said.

Commerce One said it would certify content processing partners and authorize them to deliver content development and processing capabilities in specific regions and industries.

The network would include pre-packaged content libraries, delivered through syndication arrangements via Commerce One's Global Trading Web.

"We believe high-quality, up-to-date content is the key to connecting buyers and sellers and driving transactions on e-marketplaces," said Amos Barzilay, vice president of Supplier and Content Services for Commerce One. "Working closely with our partners and customers, Commerce One is focused on delivering infrastructure, expertise, libraries and standards to drive content creation and get e-marketplaces transacting quickly."

The foundation of the network is the Commerce One Content Refinery solution, a set of software applications, services and methodologies that enable e-marketplaces and content development operations to create, integrate, enhance and maintain catalogs.

The Content Refinery solution also enables the syndication and re-use of catalogs across multiple e-marketplaces. The solution is currently in limited release, with general availability scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2000.

Commerce One said it has established a program to train and certify partners to deliver specific regional or industrial content development and processing capabilities. Participants in the certification program are expected to include: Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Artikos, SupplyNet, eCommerce Asia and Asia TradeAlliance.

Because certified operators will leverage Commerce One's open content standards, customers are expected to be able to use catalogs created by other vendors or partners, reducing content creation costs and getting their e-marketplaces up quickly.

Content partners are expected to include eCatalogs, which aggregates catalog and product information for more than 3 million product items in the MRO product category; Aspect Content, whose libraries include over 14 million items; and CNET, which covers the information technology category to deliver similar offerings.