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Definitions of e-commerce terms frequently used in the Pantellos Marketplace:

ASP – Application Service Provider. A service delivery model where Web-based applications are hosted by a service provider or Marketplace, and are typically sold on a “subscription” basis. Customer access is provided over the Internet through a Web browser. See Hosted.

B2B – Business to Business. A general term used to describe electronic transactions executed between two businesses via a marketplace.

Content – A general term used to describe supplier electronic catalogs or the raw data used to create electronic catalogs.

CUP – Catalog UPdate. Commerce One’s electronic catalog format.

Document – an electronic document containing transaction data in either xCBL or EDI format.

ebXML – Electronic Business using XML. A broad suite of specifications based on XML messages that enable enterprises to conduct business over the Internet. For more information on ebXML visit

EDI – Electronic Data Interchange. A series of standards for exchanging electronic transactions between trading partners.

Hosted – contrasted with “Integrated,” a Hosted On-Ramp is a Web-based e-commerce application that trading parties use via a Web browser. Typically there is no “connection” to their enterprise systems. Also used to describe an e-commerce application that runs on Marketplace infrastructure and is operated by Pantellos. See ASP.

HTML – HyperText Markup Language. The computer language used to author Web pages.

HTTP – HyperText Transfer Protocol. A communication protocol used to transmit messages over the Internet. Typically used to transmit Web pages (HTML) from a Web server to a Web browser.

HTTPS – HyperText Transfer Protocol – Secure. The secure, encrypted version of HTTP. Typically used to transmit Web pages or XML documents that contain sensitive business or financial information. See SSL.

Integrated – contrasted with “Hosted,” an Integrated On-Ramp connects a trading party’s e-commerce system to the Marketplace.

Message – the exchange of an electronic document between a trading party and the Marketplace.

MIME – Multipart Internet Mail Extensions. Originally, an Internet standard that defines how messages must be formatted so that they can be exchanged by different email systems. MIME is now used to format many Internet messages, including xCBL and EDI transactions.

OCI – Open Catalog Interface. A SAP specification for RoundTrip transactions (see RoundTrip). OCI is supported by Pantellos, SAP and Commerce One eProcurement platforms.

On Ramp – An “electronic connection” to the Pantellos Marketplace, either through a Hosted Application or an Integrated Application.

RFx – Pantellos’ hosted service for managing the bid process. Also, a term generally used to describe an electronic RFQ (Request for Quote), RFP (Request for Proposal) or RFI (Request for Information).

SSL – Secure Sockets Layer. A security standard that uses digital certificates and encryption to provide privacy, authentication, integrity and non-repudiation of messages sent over the Internet. See HTTPS.

RoundTrip – A term used to describe the process of a buyer searching and retrieving items from a catalog that is hosted by Pantellos or the supplier. Catalogs can be accessed through buying applications in one of three ways:
1. The buying application can RoundTrip to the Marketplace, where the catalog is loaded into the marketplace content engine.
2. The buying application can RoundTrip to the supplier's website, where the catalog resides.
3. The catalog can be "loaded" directly into the buying application (no RoundTrip required).

SOAP – Simple Object Access Protocol. More commonly referred to as “Web services” (although Web services do not necessarily use the SOAP protocol), SOAP is a protocol for using XML documents to invoke services on a remote server over an HTTP connection.

Transaction – The electronic exchange of business data between two trading partners through the Marketplace.

UBL – Universal Business Language. An emerging XML standard for B2B e-commerce transactions that is based on xCBL.

UNSPSC - Universal Standards Products and Services Classification. A coded, hierarchical classification scheme for products and services that is used for searching through electronic catalogs.

xCBL – XML Common Business Language. A standard for B2B e-commerce transactions based on XML messages. xCBL was originally developed by Commerce One and is the primary standard supported by the Pantellos Marketplace. For more information on xCBL, visit

XCC – XML Commerce Connector. A Commerce One protocol for the secure transmission of xCBL documents between Trading Parties and a Marketplace.

XML – extensible Markup Language. A “meta-language” that is used to format information into an “electronic document” so that it can be understood and interpreted by both people and computer systems.

XPC – XML Portal Connector. A Commerce One integration platform that supports the XCC protocol. XPC is embedded in Commerce One buying applications and Commerce One MarketSite, and can also be used independently as an integrated on-ramp.

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