Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu

E-Commerce Transactions

  • Jari VeijalainenEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_730


EC transactions; Electronic commerce transactions


An electronic transaction is the sale or purchase of goods or services, whether between businesses, households, individuals, governments, and other public or private organizations, conducted over computer mediated networks. The goods and services are ordered over those networks, but the payment and the ultimate delivery of the good or service may be conducted on or off-line. [1]

A mobile e-Commerce transaction is an e-Commerce transaction that is initiated and performed using a mobile device, such as a smart phone, tablet, or laptop, over a wireless access network or a short-range wireless link.

Key Points

E-commerce transaction was defined by OECD [1] from business and statistical perspective. The parties above can be individual customers (C), companies (B), or governments (A). One speaks accordingly about B2C, B2A, B2B, C2C e-Commerce and e-Commerce transactions. Historically, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) was...

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Recommended Reading

  1. 1.
    Annex 4. The OECD definitions of Internet and E-commerce transactions. Available at: http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/34/16/2771174.pdf
  2. 2.
    Tygar D. Atomicity in electronic commerce, chapter 33. In: Denning P, Denning D, editors. Internet besieged. New York: ACM Press/Addison Wesley; 1997. p. 389–405.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Veijalainen J, Terziyan V, Tirri H. Transaction management for M-commerce at a mobile terminal. Electron Commer Res Appl. 2006;5(3):229–45.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of JyvaskylaJyvaskylaFinland

Section editors and affiliations

  • Panos K. Chrysanthis
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA