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GDSN Major Release 3: More quality and flexibility in product data synchronization



In May 2015, GS1 International successfully completed the test phases of its new standard for the GDSN network Major Release 3. In September, trials began with the different Data Pools approved to operate in the network, with EDICOMData the first catalogue to obtain the certification to operate under the new standard.

This upgrade is scheduled to go live by May 2016. As of that point, synchronization with GDSN catalogues using earlier versions will no longer be possible.

GDSN Major Release 3 is a new standard designed to respond to the numerous challenges arising in product data synchronization processes. It brings important new features that will improve the quality of information processed, providing greater guarantees and flexibility to adapt to the specific requirements of certain industries, as well as current and future regulatory frameworks that may affect product information.

GDSN Major Release 3 includes more than 1,500 changes to the GDSN standards through different measures, including the following:

  • Adding 156 requirements of different industries
  • Considering 140 suggestions for improvement
  • 300 new product attributes
  • 1000 new value codes
  • Over 250 new validations of the synchronized data

Data Pools must incorporate all of these to be able to continue to operate in the Global Data Synchronization Network, which will allow better product data synchronization projects through the GDSN network:

  • Better product Information: New attributes will be admitted, enriching the information contained in the product files with details such as ingredients and allergens, thereby enhancing the purchasing experience for consumers.
  • Swift adaptation to standards and regulations: The new product attributes will make it easier to adapt data synchronization processes to the different regulations, such as European Union Regulation 1169 on the nutritional information of products.
  • Adaptation to different sectors and industries: Setting out criteria for the exchange of product data and adapted to the particular features of different industries.
  • Improving data quality: Increasing trust in the product information shared by publishers with all the subscribers.
  • Faster projects: This standard will reduce the complexity of rolling out new data synchronization products, considerably shortening execution times.

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