Productpedia – A Collaborative Electronic Product Catalog for Ecommerce 3.0

  • Wee-Kek TanEmail author
  • Hock-Hai Teo
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9191)


Despite the advancements made in ecommerce technologies over the past years, the inability to define and exchange semantically rich and accurate product information among ecommerce websites/applications has continued to intrigue researchers. This problem has taken on greater urgency because it impedes the realization of the full benefits of Ecommerce 3.0. The present research conceptualizes, designs and implements a cloud computing-based platform that enables global merchants to maintain a collaborative Electronic Product Catalog (EPC) known as Productpedia. This collaborative EPC platform addresses numerous shortcomings of prior researches by (1) maintaining a single centralized EPC database; (2) negating the need to synchronize and convert data; (3) creating an integrated meta-model ontology for merchants to define previously unclassified product information without the involvement of domain experts; and (4) enabling an Open Application Programming Interface based on RESTful web services to facilitate direct modification of the EPC database by even third-party applications.


Electronic product catalog Ecommerce Web 3.0 Web service Design science 



This paper was supported by a grant from the Academic Research Fund sponsored by the Ministry of Education of Singapore of project number R-253-000-094-112.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Information SystemsNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

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