Elm@r - the Electronic Market is a reference implementation for the
shopinfo.xml standard. This site provides information for online shops which want to support and implement the standard. It also offers an HTML form for creating individual shop files
There are already 4,450 participating shops and about 11,301,883 products in our database.
Additional information about this reference implementation and the
shopinfo.xml standard can be found in a short
description of the project
Wir lieben Shops,
Wir lieben Preise,
belong to the first commercial shopping portals and price comparison service providers that support the
Other price comparison web sites with
shopinfo.xml support lists
Online shops can register themselves there or wait until the providers find them in our shop list automatically.
Only by providing a shop file a shop commits itself to nothing.
If necessary contracts are to be negotiated directly between shops and shopping portals.
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Consumers are looking for online-shops offering the products they want to buy. Conventional search engines are no great help by returning thousands of alleged hits, whereof most of them do not help the customer in finding the corresponding shop.
Customers are in need of a search mechanism capable of finding shops offering the desired products. The required information should be presented as a list of results, so that providers can be chosen by directly evaluating information about prices, shipping costs, availability, methods of payment, and so on.
Online shops profit from this search mechanism by getting access to additional customers. In order to have correct and up to date data about the shop and the offered products, the online shops provide these data. Currently, there is no standardized procedure for exchanging this information resulting in very little cooperation between online shops and product search engines.
We have developed a concept for providing data of online shops for all or specific services. The effort for supplying data is very little and independent from the number of services using the data.
Carriers of online shops can find additional information by selecting shops from the navigation menu. This is where you can find additional information about how to join Elm@r. (Detailed information about the concept is available by choosing technology from the menu.)
In order to demonstrate the power and efficiency of the concept, we have developed this free reference implementation prototype for searching for providers of several products. Main features are the up-to-dateness and correctness of the data provided.
This electronic market is part of a research project of Prof. Dr. Stefan Kuhlins. The project has been sponsored by the "Dieter Schwarz Foundation" as well as by a Karl Steinbuch Scholarship. (See imprint.)
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Consumers can search for shops offering desired products.
Carriers of online shops can register here in order to have their products added to the Elm@r database.
Technical information for developers about implementation details and supplying data.
Our sitemap provides an overview of all pages of this website.