OVERVIEW: The Salutation Consortium is a nonprofit corporation with member organizations in the United States, Europe, and Japan. The Consortium has published an open specification that enables an application to locate a particular resource on a network through a broadcast query. The specification is independent of network transport, hardware platform, and operating system software and supports standard Internet and other message formats. The specification details the three functions provided by the technology -- discovery, availability check and service management. Use of the Salutation Technology is royalty free.