GS1 Australia introduces the Global Data Synchronisation Network (GDSN), an internet-based, interconnected network of interoperable data pools and a global registry (the GS1 Global Registry).
The Global Data Synchronisation Network consists of trading partners (suppliers and retailers), data pools (services that hold and process trading partner data - in Australia that is the GS1net system) and the GS1 Global Registry (a worldwide directory to help the GDSN community locate data sources and manage ongoing synchronisation relationships between trading partners).
The GDSN enables companies around the globe to accurately exchange standardised and synchronised supply chain data with their trading partners. The exchange of standard and proprietary information can only be achieved if all data pools and the GS1 Global Registry conform rigorously to certification standards for technological and operational performance so that the reliability and security of the entire network is commercially credible.
Data pools and the GS1 Global Registry have to comply with many criteria to be GDSN-certified including conformity to GS1 System standards, confidentiality and integrity of user information, plus interoperability. In order to be certified, data pools and the GS1 Global Registry have to comply with the Global Validation Rules, the Global Search functionality and the GDSN Certification Criteria.
- Technical Performance: The data pool must pass the GS1 GDSN Interoperability Tests for mandatory functionality as contained in the GDSN Certification Event process for a given certification event.
- Operational Performance: The data pool must show Demonstrated Capability through active use of the network. A minimum threshold of 50 trading partner relationships is set for the metric.
- Implementation Performance: The data pool must demonstrate commitment to driving community adoption of the GDSN. Demonstrated Commitment is defined as, and measured by, “the ratio of the number of trading partners contracted with the GS1 Global Registry from a Certified Data Pool versus the number of those contracted trading partners that are subscribing to, or registering items in, the GS1 Global Registry.”
- Data Pool Service Level Compliance: The data pool must demonstrate cooperation within the GDSN from the perspective of notifying other data pools of DP software upgrades; responding to issues/trouble tickets in a timely manner; and transfer of trading partners from one DP to the next.
- Security Performance: The data pool must pass a security review performed by an independent third party security audit firm.