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Top Data Pool FAQs for 2020

Q: What is a data pool?

A Data Pool is a service provider that allows brand owners (Data Sources) and distributors (Data Recipients) to exchange product information across the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN). Data Pools are typically offer Software as a Service (SaaS) that allow Data Sources and Data Recipients to manage a catalog of products that are uniquely identified by Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs). GTINs are associated to a unique Global Location Number (GLN) that identifies the Data Source or Recipient catalog. The GDSN, GTINs, GLNs, and the attributes associated with them are governed by a global non-profit organization called GS1. Typically, a Data Pool must be ‘Certified’ by GS1, and is commonly referred to a GS1 Certified Data Pool.

In order for information to be exchanged, a Data Recipient must ‘subscribe’ to a Data Source catalog in order to receive ‘publications’ from the data source’s catalog of information.

Attribytes is a GS1 Certified Data Pool.

Q: What is a data pool provider?

A Data Pool Provider is synonymous with a GS1 Certified Data Pool. Data Pool Providers typically offer a suite of cloud based tools, or Software as a Service (SaaS), that enable Data Sources and Data Recipients to exchange data across the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN), which is a network of interoperable GS1 Certified Data Pools (or Data Pool Providers).

Q: What is a GDSN certified data pool?

A GDSN Certified Data Pool is synonymous with a GS1 Certified Data Pool or Data Pool Provider.

Q: What does GS1 stand for?

GS1 stands for Global Standards One, a global non-profit organization that governs standards for all industries to identify, capture, and share data. GS1 is most commonly known for it’s governance and distribution of globally unique identifiers, such as the Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) and Global Location Number (GLN), which are foundational identifiers of products and places within it’s Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN). GTINs are often paired with Universal Product Codes (UPCs) which are identified on products in the form of a barcode, which can be scanned at the point of delivery or sale of a product.

Q: How do I become GS1 compliant?

GS1 Compliance is a term that usually notates a product or an organization that successfully implements the standards governed by GS1. This includes:

  1. Uniquely identifying your location with a Global Location Number (GLN)
  2. Uniquely identifying your products with a Global Trade Item Number (GTIN)
  3. Successfully sending and receiving item information within the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN)
  4. Successfully managing product attributes that adhere to standards set forth by GS1
  5. Publish specific attribute requirements of Data Recipients who demand that GS1 compliant information is made available via the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN), as well as providing necessary identifiers on the packaging of the product itself, such as a scannable barcode.

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