ERCIM News No.35 - October 1998
Seventh DELOS Workshop on Electronic Commerce
by Petros Kavassalis
The seventh DELOS Workshop on Electronic Commerce was held as part of the Second European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries (ECDL98) in Heraklion, Crete, Greece, 21-23 September 1998 (see article in this issue).
With the rapidly evolving Internet technologies coupled with the decreasing costs of computation and communication (network bandwidth), a flexible environment for conducting commerce among businesses has emerged. Focusing on the underlying issues to support
e-commerce and electronic markets of various kinds, the 7th Delos Workshop brought together people with knowledge in the development of digital libraries with others more interested by the electronic commerce applications and the economics and the organizational design of this emerging industry.
The Delos session has revealed questions about:
- the role of transaction processing and distributed computing in the Internet age
- the ways electronic markets and intermediaries work in such a distributed environment
- economics and business aspects related to the development of e-commerce services (including intellectual property rights and impact on employment).
Many pilot projects offering architectural and software solutions to electronic-commerce problems have been also presented.
The papers are included in the ECDL98 Conference Proceedings, published in the Lecture Notes on Computer Science Series of Springer, LNCS 1513, ISBN 3-540-65101-2.
The DELOS Working Group is an action of the ERCIM Digital Library Initiative.
Petros Kavassalis - Ecole Polytechnique, Paris