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IBM, Microsoft, Ariba Define 'Whole World Directory'
Charles Laughlin , 9/8/2000

Issue: How UDDI Will Transform Online Directories

News: IBM, Microsoft and Ariba are launching a new "universal standard" to facilitate widespread online business-to-business interaction. They also announced that 36 firms - ranging from payment processors (American Express), infrastructure providers (Nortel Networks), PC makers (Dell), carriers (NTT) and application service providers - have joined its ranks of participating developers.

The culmination of the project will be a highly detailed, dynamic registry that follows a directory metaphor. A White Pages section will list businesses by name, while Yellow Pages will list companies' standard codes and geographic location and Green Pages will categorize the business by the services it offers. Think of it as a b-to-b Yellow Pages on steroids. It will be available in beta within 30 days.

Records in the new registry (Yellow Pages publishers can think of them as "listings") will conform to a new XML-based standard called Universal Description, Discovery and Interaction (UDDI). The three founders believe usage of the registry will reach critical mass in the next 18 months. The outcome will be a Web site where companies can register themselves, list their products and services and let other businesses know how they want to do business.

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