Every company in the world has a database filled with information about the products they make, or sell, or buy. These databases act very much like a catalogue that customers can use to place orders and manage vendors. Difficulties happen when one company needs to change information in their database or add a new item or location to it: suddenly their "catalogue" isn't up to date anymore. That's where synchronizing data through the GDSN comes in.
GDSN is the GS1 Global Data Synchronization Network, built around the GS1 Global Registry®, GDSN-certified data pools, the GS1 Data Quality Framework and GS1 Global Product Classification, which when combined provide a powerful environment for secure and continuous synchronization of accurate data.
Many suppliers and their customers around the world, both large corporations and small manufacturers and producers, have already discovered how synchronizing qualitative, properly classified data using GDSN can bring both benefits and opportunities.
The GS1 Global Data Synchronization Network connects trading partners to the GS1 Global Registry®
via a network of interoperable GDSN-certified data pools
Within this Network, trade items are identified using a unique combination of the GS1 Identification Keys called Global Trade Item Numbers(GTIN) and Global Location Numbers(GLN)