An Organization is any legal or physical entity involved at any point in any supply chain and upon which there is a need to retrieve predefined information. An Organization is uniquely identified by a Global Location Number (GLN).

⇧ A subclass of owl:Thing

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Exact match: schema:Organization

The GS1 Web Vocabulary collects terms defined in various GS1 standards and data systems and made available for general use following Linked Data principles. It is designed as an extension to and, where relevant, mappings and relationships arising from that vocabulary are made explicit.

The initial focus of the GS1 Web Vocabulary is consumer-facing properties for clothing, shoes, food beverage/tobacco and properties common to all products.

This includes properties related to EU 1169 as defined in the GDSN and GS1 Source Standards. In addition, the vocabulary includes the definition of parties and of a product offer (a product offered by a party for a price). Properties and their definitions come from existing GS1 standards including GDSN, GS1 Source and GPC. Exceptions to this rule include the definition of Offer which does not exist in any of the above standards.

New terms are developed and ratified according to the Global Standards Management Process. Terms may be suggested and commented on in the vocabulary’s GitHub repository .

The GS1 Web Vocabulary was originally developed as the primary output of the GS1 SmartSearch standard but it now fulfils a broader remit. The  GS1 SmartSearch standard enables businesses to benefit from:

  • More accurate search results for consumers to find the products and information they need.
  • A lower bounce rate, i.e. people landing on a page and immediately navigating away as it's not relevant to them.
  • Improved conversion rate from visits to sales.
  • Improved, accurate online product information.
  • Shared product information via consumer-facing mobile devices and websites, which ultimately drive sales.

Further information and support tools for the GS1 SmartSearch are available.

The GS1 Digital Link standard makes it possible to express any set of GS1 identifiers as a Web URI and therefore the identified item can be the subject of machine-readable facts and assertions made about it. The GS1 Web Vocabulary includes the link types used in GS1 Digital Link to annotate links to related resources, such as product information pages, instruction manuals, related videos, certification information, brand owner APIs, traceability information and more.

Terms from Scan4Transport cover extended address information suitable for deliveries, especially 'last mile' deliveries.




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Properties of gs1:Organization

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Additional Organization Identification Type Valuexsd:stringThe value associated with the Additional Organization Identification Type Value.
Has Postal Addressgs1:PostalAddressThe postal address for an organization or place.
Has After Hours Contactgs1:ContactPointLinks to afterhours contact information for an organization.
Has Certificationgs1:CertificationDetailsCertification information about a product, organisation or location.
Has Business Contactgs1:ContactPointLinks to information about a business location for an organization.
Departmentrdf:langStringThe name of a division of an organization dealing with a specific activity
Global Location Number (GLN)xsd:stringA Global Location Number (GLN) is the GS1 Identification Key used to identify physical locations or parties. The key comprises a GS1 Company Prefix, Location Reference and Check Digit. For more information see
Has Locationgs1:PlaceThe place associated with an organization.
Makes Offergs1:OfferAn offer made by an organization.
Organization Namerdf:langStringThe name of the organization expressed in text.
Organization Rolegs1:OrganizationRoleTypeCode indicating an organization role. Allowed code values are specified in OrganizationalRole code list.

Properties of owl:Thing

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Has Brand Ownergs1:OrganizationThe brand owner of the product. The organization that is responsible for allocating the GTIN to the product.
Certification Agency URLgs1:OrganizationURL of the organisation issuing the certification standard or other requirement being met. e.g. ,
Has Customer Support Centregs1:OrganizationThe organization which provides product support to the trading partner organization to which merchandise is sold.
Has Manufacturergs1:OrganizationThe organization that produces the item.
Has Manufacturing Plantgs1:OrganizationA physical location consisting of one or more buildings with facilities for manufacturing.
Seekergs1:OrganizationThe organization seeking an offer.
Sellergs1:OrganizationThe organization seeking to sell a product or service.

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