Globalna mreža za sinhronizaciju podataka (GDSN) počinje sa radomDocument Transcript
Thursday 5th August 2004
Global Data Synchronisation Network (GDSN) Begins Operation
Major Milestones Achieved in Worldwide Effort to Improve Data Accuracy and
Facilitate Efficient Collaborative Commerce
Brussels, Belgium/Lawrenceville, NJ, —EAN International and the Uniform Code
Council, Inc., (UCC), leaders in facilitating efficient international business, today
announced the launch of the Global Data Synchronisation Network (GDSN). The
GDSN, conceived and supported by EAN International, the UCC, and leading companies
and industry groups worldwide, is a global, Internet-based initiative that will enable
trading partners to quickly and efficiently exchange supply chain data that is accurate, up-
to-date, and compliant with universally supported EAN.UCC System standards.
The GDSN was developed in partnership with the global business community to address
the high costs associated with inaccurate data. The GDSN vision, conceived by the
Global Commerce Initiative (GCI), is based on a centralised, global registry, that
connects to numerous data pools around the world, enabling data to be standardised and
synchronised for trading partners on a near real-time basis. In order to ensure the GDSN
meets the business needs of the user community, EAN International and the UCC
established a GDSN Oversight Committee as the foundation of its governance structure.
The Oversight Committee, which currently includes seventeen senior executives from
manufacturing, retailing, and EAN Member Organisations, has been appointed to govern
the GDSN, promote global adoption and address strategic issues related to the rollout of
Throughout 2004, EAN International, the UCC, and global participants have been
working together to prove the viability of the network concept through rigorous testing
and communication pilot trials. With this phase completed, the GDSN has achieved
several important milestones that will bring data registration and synchronisation services
to the next level of global interoperability and availability.
On 1st August, 2004 the global registry functionality required for the creation of a global
network was put into production under the jurisdiction of EAN International. This
registry, to be called the GS1 Global Registry™ (in anticipation of the EAN/UCC 1st
January, 2005 name change to “GS1”), will be operated as a distinct and separate neutral
entity by EAN International. The GS1 Global Registry will serve as a global gateway for
companies to locate source (manufacturer) or recipient (retailer) data pools, which
contain item and party information.
In addition to the establishment of the registry, a GDSN data pool to data pool
communication test was conducted to ensure that participating data pools were
interoperable with other data pools and the GS1 Global Registry. The data pool approval
process, supervised by the GDSN Oversight Committee, was conducted by the
Drummond Group Inc. (DGI), a leading interoperability and conformance testing
company. For a data pool to be successful in the communication test round, they had to
demonstrate interoperability with at least two other data pools and the GS1 Global
The initial group of companies that has successfully completed the communication pilot
include: bTrade, Inc., CABASnet, Global eXchange Services (GXS), WorldWide Retail
Exchange (WWRE), Sterling Commerce, Transora, and UCCnet. Complete
interoperability certification testing will be required, starting in October 2004, to enable
further expansion of the global network.
Commenting on the progress made on this phase of the GDSN launch, Miguel Lopera,
the Chief Executive Officer of EAN International and the Uniform Code Council said,
“The costs of inaccurate data are enormous, and this problem impacts companies of every
size and industry. We will continue to work with the business community to enhance and
expand the Global Data Synchronisation Network. This is a major step in our global
effort to make end-to-end supply chain data accuracy a reality. It is an initiative that will
produce tremendous value and benefits to manufacturers, retailers, and consumers around
Trading partners wishing to participate in the GDSN may get further information by
contacting the EAN Member Organisation (MO) in the country in which the company is
headquartered (details of MO locations are to be found on the home page of the EAN
International website: www.ean-int.org ).
For more information Contact:
Graham Avory, EAN International, Brussels’ Belgium +32 2 227 10 20,
Jack Grasso, Uniform Code Council, Inc., Lawrenceville, NJ, USA: 609.620.4545,
NOTES FOR EDITORS:
EAN International is the global not-for-profit organisation that creates, develops and manages the
EAN•UCC standards jointly with the Uniform Code Council, one of its Member Organisations.
These are open, global, multisectoral information standards, based on best business practices. By
driving their implementation, EAN International and its Member Organisations play a leading
role in supply and demand chain management improvement worldwide.
Uniform Code Council
The Uniform Code Council, Inc.® (UCC®) is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the
development and implementation of standards-based, global supply chain solutions. Under its
auspices, the UCC operates three subsidiaries, UCCnet™, RosettaNet, and EPCglobal US™ and
it co-manages the global EAN•UCC System with EAN International. The UCC also manages the
United Nations Standard Products and Services Code® (UNSPSC®) for the United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP). The newly formed EPCglobal, Inc.™ is a joint venture of the
Uniform Code Council and EAN International. UCC-based solutions, including business
processes, XML standards, EDI transaction sets, and the bar code identification standards of the
EAN•UCC System are currently used by more than one million member companies worldwide.
For more information about the Uniform Code Council, please visit: www.uc-council.org.
The EAN.UCC Standards
The EAN•UCC Standards are an integral feature of the way business is conducted worldwide.
Today, nearly one million member companies in 133 countries use EAN•UCC standards as an
essential element of their daily business communications, representing over 5 billion scanning
transactions a day. The supply chain solutions offered by the EAN•UCC Standards include
globally unique identification codes, data transport media and electronic commerce and
communications standards. These tools support established industries as well as emerging