UDDI business directory widens reach

UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery, Integration), the foundation of an online directory to facilitate business-to-business electronic commerce, opened up to more international and complex businesses on Monday with the announcement of version two of the UDDI specification.

UDDI V2 supports description of complex corporate organizational structures, allows additional categorization of business activities, and supports multiple languages. UDDI V2 also has improved search functionality, according to a UDDI Project statement.

UDDI, a brainchild of IBM Corp., Microsoft Corp. and Ariba Inc., aims to smooth electronic business by making it easier for businesses to provide information about their products and services on the Web as well as locate partners and customers.

The UDDI initiative was started in September 2000; the registry was officially launched in early May.

Companies can register their information in the UDDI at no charge.

The UDDI Community is gathering this week in Atlanta, Ga. to discuss the requirements of version three.

The UDDI Project is at http://www.uddi.org/.