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electronic commerce
Last modified: Tuesday, October 11, 2005 

Often referred to as simply e-commerce, business that is conducted over the Internet using any of the applications that rely on the Internet, such as e-mail, instant messaging, shopping carts, Web services, UDDI, FTP, and EDI, among others. Electronic commerce can be between two businesses transmitting funds, goods, services and/or data or between a business and a customer.

Also see Understanding "Web Services" in the "Did You Know...?" section of Webopedia.

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Comprehensive source of information on electronic commerce, including Web sites for researchers, a paper on electronic commerce mechanisms, resource guides, teaching materials, and government and industry sites.

Finding Your Way Around E-commerce 
This map is a guide to the E-commerce space. Partitioned into three concentric circles, it can both prepare you for your trip and keep you from bumping into the bigger obstacles.

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CommerceNet home page
CommerceNet is a premier industry association for Internet commerce. Their home page offers links to association information, partners, news, and mission statements.

E-Commerce from Datamation
Home page of a section of Datamation's web site, with many articles about e-commerce and links to other resources on the Web.

Electronic Commerce Research Room
Hosts a large collection of articles, links and resources on electronic commerce.

RFC 2396
Request for Comments document for the Uniform Resource Identifiers (URI): Generic Syntax.

The Yin and Yang of Electronic Commerce
E-Commerce promises reduced costs, higher margins, more efficient operations and higher profits. This tutorial explains what e-commerce is; talks about the promises and pitfalls; and lets you decide if it is right for you.

W3C Electronic Commerce Interest Group
Provides information about the activities of this group, with links to related resources.

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