Universal Description, Discovery and Integration (UDDI) is a directory service where businesses can register and search for Web services.
UDDI is a platform-independent framework for describing services, discovering businesses, and integrating business services by using the Internet.
UDDI uses World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Internet standards such as XML, HTTP, and DNS protocols.
UDDI uses WSDL to describe interfaces to web services
Additionally, cross platform programming features are addressed by adopting SOAP, known as XML Protocol messaging specifications found at the W3C Web site.
Any industry or businesses of all sizes can benefit from UDDI.
Before UDDI, there was no Internet standard for businesses to reach their customers and partners with information about their products and services. Nor was there a method of how to integrate into each other's systems and processes.
Problems the UDDI specification can help to solve:
If the industry published an UDDI standard for flight rate checking and reservation, airlines could register their services into an UDDI directory. Travel agencies could then search the UDDI directory to find the airline's reservation interface. When the interface is found, the travel agency can communicate with the service immediately because it uses a well-defined reservation interface.
UDDI is a cross-industry effort driven by all major platform and software providers like Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Hitachi, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, and Sun, as well as a large community of marketplace operators, and e-business leaders.
Over 220 companies are members of the UDDI community.