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Trading digital information goods based on semantic technologies

Wolfgang Maass, Wernher Behrendt & Aldo Gangemi

abstract Digital information goods constitute a growing class of economic goods. During decision making for a purchase a buyer searches for information about digital information goods, such as information about the content, price and trading information, usage information, how it can be presented, and which legal restrictions apply. We present a logical container model for knowledge-intensive digital information goods (knowledge content object - KCO) that directly references formalised semantic descriptions of key information types on information goods. Key information types are formalised as plug-in slots (facets). Facets can be instantiated by semantic descriptions that are linked with domain ontologies. We have identified six logically congruent facet types by which a user can interpret information goods. KCOs are mediated and managed by a technical middleware, called Knowledge Content Carrier Architecture - KCCA. Based on the technical and logical structure of a KCO we will discuss five economic implications that drive further research
   
type journal paper
   
keywords information goods, electronic markets, semantic technologies, distributed architecture
   
project METOKIS
language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 1-12-2007
journal Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research (JTAER)
publisher online
ISSN (online) 0718––1876
volume of journal 2
number of issue 3
page(s) 18-35
review double-blind review
   
citation Maass, W., Behrendt, W., & Gangemi, A. (2007). Trading digital information goods based on semantic technologies. Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research (JTAER), 2(3), 18-35.