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are when you trade with public people, meaning anyone can trade with you, if they want to. Public Exchanges are trading venues open to all interested parties (many sellers and many buyers) that use a common technology platform and that are usually run by third parties or industry consortia
A consortium is an association of two or more individuals, companies, organizations or governments with the objective of participating in a common activity or pooling their resources for achieving a common goal....
. Public exchanges support community activities like distributing industry news, sponsoring online discussion
Online discussion is a relatively new form of communication, facilitated usually by computer networks. The first such communications were on mainframe-based systems such as the PLATO and CONFER systems in the early to mid 1970s. By the mid 1980's, dial-up bulletin board systems or "BBS's" run by...
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ging and providing research.
Source - Electronic Commerce 2008 - A Management Perspective (Efraim Turban). Page No.262 (Heading No. 6.1- B2B Electronic Exchanges - An Overview)