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e-Technology, e-Commerce, and e-Services, IEEE International Conference on (2005)
Hong Kong, China
Mar. 29, 2005 to Apr. 1, 2005
ISBN: 0-7695-2274-2
pp: 740-745
Martin Hepp , Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL, USA; Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI), Innsbruck, Austria
Joerg Leukel , University of Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany
Volker Schmitz , University of Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany
Products and services categorization standards, such as eCl@ss, eOTD, RosettaNet Technical Dictionary (RNTD), or UNSPSC, play a major role for the automation of content integration tasks, because they provide a consensual vocabulary that can be used for the tagging of product-related data along the various stages of the product life cycle. Eventually, the quality and usefulness of a given categorization standard is determined by its content, especially the coverage of concepts in the respective application domain, its structure and semantic consistency, and the level of detail provided.<div></div> This paper proposes metrics for the content quality of products and services categorization standards, and applies those metrics to four prominent examples. It can be shown that there are significant differences between eCl@ss, eOTD, RNTD, and UNSPSC, which should both influence the choice of a standard for a specific business purpose and the maintenance strategies for the standards themselves.

V. Schmitz, J. Leukel and M. Hepp, "Content Metrics for Products and Services Categorization Standards," Proceedings. The 2005 IEEE International Conference on e-Technology, e-Commerce and e-Service(EEE), Hong Kong, 2005, pp. 740-745.
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