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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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ACCEPTING_PARTYAccepting OrganizationOrganization accepting goods, products, services etc.
BILL_OF_LADING_RECIPIENTBill of Lading RecipientOrganization to receive Bill of Lading.
BILL_TOBill ToOrganization which receives goods and invoice.
BRAND_OWNERBrand OwnerThe organisation that owns the specifications of the Organization regardless of where and by whom it is manufactured is normally responsible for the allocation of the Global Trade Item Number (GTIN).
BREEDERBreederThe organization which breeds the animal.
BROKER_AGENTBroker AgentA person who buys or sells for another entity without having title to the property.
BUYERBuyerOrganization to which merchandise are sold.
BUYERS_AGENT_REPRESENTATIVEBuyers Agent RepresentativeThird party who arranged the purchase of merchandise on behalf of the actual buyer.
CARRIERCarrierA company, which physically transports goods from one place to another.
CENTRAL_PAYMENT_SERVICECentral Payment ServiceMaster of the conveyance. An organization providing central (or consolidated payment) services.
CHECKING_PARTYChecking OrganizationOrganization or contact designated on behalf of carrier or his agent to establish the actual figures for quantities, weight, volume and/or (cube) measurements of goods or containers which are to appear in the transport contract and on which charges will be based
CHEQUE_ORDERCheque OrderOrganization to which the cheque will be ordered, when different from the beneficiary.
CONSIGNEEConsignee.Organization to which goods are consigned.
CONSOLIDATORConsolidatorOrganization consolidating various consignments, payments etc.
CONSUMERConsumerThe end user of a product or a service.
CORPORATE_IDENTITYCorporate IdentityIdentity of the organization to whom all other parties of the same commercial organization are linked.
CUSTOMSCustomsIdentification of customs authority relevant to the transaction or shipment.
CUSTOMS_BROKERCustoms BrokerOrganization responsible for the preparation of documents and/or electronic submissions, the calculation on behalf of the client of taxes, duties and excises, and facilitating communication between the importer/exporter and governmental authorities.
CUTTERCutterOne engaged in carving meat (In EANCOM as Meat Cutter).
DECLARANTS_AGENT_REPRESENTATIVEDeclarants Agent RepresentativeAny natural or legal person who makes a declaration to an official body on behalf of another natural or legal person, where legally permitted (CCC).
DELIVERY_PARTYDelivery OrganizationOrganization to which goods are delivered.
DESIGNERDesignerA Organization who designs.
DESPATCH_PARTYDespatch OrganizationOrganization where goods are collected or taken over by the carrier.
DISTRIBUTORDistributorOrganization distributing goods, financial payments or documents.
DOCK_DOORDock DoorA door or collection of doors where trucks or rail cars are loaded (shipping) or unloaded (receiving). Used to load or unload products for logistics.
EMPTY_EQUIPMENT_DESPATCH_PARTYEmpty Equipment Despatch OrganizationOrganization from whose premises empty equipment will be or has been despatched.
EMPTY_EQUIPMENT_RETURN_PARTYEmpty Equipment Return OrganizationOrganization from whose premises empty equipment will be or has been returned.
EQUIPMENT_OWNEREquipment OwnerOwner of equipment (container, etc.).
EXPORTERExporterOrganization who makes - or on whose behalf a Customs clearing agent or other authorized person makes - an export declaration. This may include a manufacturer, seller or other person. Within a Customs union, consignor may have the same meaning as exporter
FACTORFactorAn organization that purchases financial receiving instruments e.g. invoices
FATTENERFattenerThe Organization which fattens the animal.
FREIGHT_FORWARDERFreight ForwarderA person or firm that arranges for a pick up or deliver goods by a carrier on instructions of a shipper or consignee from or to a point by various necessary conveyances and common carriers.
GOODS_OWNERGoods OwnerThe organization which owns the goods.
GROWERGrowerAn organization which is responsible for the growth or production of the unit specifically refers to vegetation. This organization may or may not be a producer or packer.
HEAD_OFFICEHead OfficeThe executive or main office of an enterprise.
IMPORTERImporterOrganization who makes - or on whose behalf a Customs clearing agent or other authorized person makes - an import declaration. This may include a person who has possession of the goods or to whom the goods are consigned.
INFORMATION_PROVIDERInformation ProviderThe Organization providing the information contained in the document.
INSURERInsurerA person or company offering insurance policies for premiums.
INTERMEDIARY_BANK_1Intermediary Bank 1A financial institution between the ordered bank and the beneficiary's bank.
INTERMEDIARY_BANK_2Intermediary Bank 2A financial institution between the ordered bank and the beneficiary's bank.
INVENTORY_CONTROLLERInventory ControllerTo specifically identify the organisation in charge of inventory control.
INVENTORY_REPORTING_PARTYInventory Reporting OrganizationOrganization reporting inventory information.
INVOICEEInvoiceeOrganization issuing an invoice.
ISSUER_OF_INVOICEIssuer of InvoiceOrganization which issues an invoice.
LOGISTICS_SERVICE_PROVIDERLogistics Service ProviderAn umbrella term for an entity, which provides a combination of many different logistics services for another entity.
MANUFACTURER_OF_GOODSManufacturer of GoodsOrganization who manufactures the goods.
MANUFACTURING_PLANTManufacturing PlantA physical location consisting of one or more buildings with facilities for manufacturing.
MARK_FORMark ForThe ultimate destination of a unit load or transport package of goods where the Ship-To is a different location.
MESSAGE_FROMMessage From.Organization where the message comes from.
MESSAGE_RECIPIENTMessage RecipientOrganization receiving the message.
MINCERMincerOne engaged in the cutting or chopping of meat into very small pieces
OPERATING_DIVISIONOperating DivisionAn entity that is part of another entity. For example, a Regional Marketing Office. Operating Divisions may have multiple days and times of operation.
OPERATOROperatorA person or persons who own or operate a business establishment, which services consumers directly. For example a restaurant owner as part of a chain or an independent operation.
ORDERING_PARTYOrdering OrganizationTo be used only if ordering organization and buyer are not identical.
OWNER_OF_EQUIPMENTOwner of equipmentOrganization who owns equipment.
OWNER_OF_MEANS_OF_TRANSPORTOwner of Means of TransportOrganization owning the means of transport. Not a synonym of carrier
PARTY_DECLARING_THE_VALUE_ADDED_TAXOrganization Declaring the Value Added TaxA code to identify the organization who is responsible for declaring the Value Added Tax (VAT) on the sale of goods or services.
PARTY_FOR_WHOM_ITEM_IS_ULTIMATELY_INTENDEDOrganization For Whom Item is Ultimately Intended
PARTY_RECEIVING_PRIVATE_DATAOrganization Receiving Private DataThe organization who is allowed access to master data information by the data owner when the data is viewed as private.
PARTY_RECOVERING_THE_VALUE_ADDED_TAXOrganization Recovering the Value Added TaxA code to identify the organization who is eligible to recover the Value Added Tax (VAT) on the sale of goods or services.
PARTY_TO_RECEIVE_ALL_DOCUMENTSOrganization to Receive All DocumentsAn organization which is named to be the recipient of all documents.
PARTY_TO_RECEIVE_COMMERCIAL_INVOICEOrganization to Receive Commercial InvoiceOrganization to whom payment for a commercial invoice or bill should be remitted.
PARTY_TO_RECEIVE_ELECTRONIC_MEMO_OF_INVOICEOrganization to Receive Electronic Memo of InvoiceOrganization being informed about invoice issue (via EDI).
PARTY_TO_RECEIVE_FREIGHT_BILLOrganization to Receive Freight BillOrganization to whom the freight bill should be sent.
PARTY_TO_RECEIVE_REFUNDOrganization to Receive RefundOrganization to whom a refund is given.
PAYEEPayeeOrganization, which receives payment.
PAYERPayerOrganization which initiates payment.
POINT_OF_SALEPoint Of SaleRefers to the retail type checkout where bar code symbols are normally scanned.
PRICE_LOCATION_PARTYPrice Location OrganizationAn organization to which a price for a product is applicable. Within the context of GDSN Price Synchronization, it is also known as the 'Price Location' which is a GLN.
PROXYProxyA company that is selected by the Brand Owner to maintain their baseline attributes and Administrative Records in the GDSN.
PUBLIC_WAREHOUSEPublic WarehouseA building, or a part of one, where storage space is offered to other companies for compensation (fee), for the storage of their goods, merchandise, etc.
PURCHASE_ORDER_RECEIVERPurchase Order ReceiverThe organization that receives the purchase order for the goods or services.
REGISTERED_AGENTRegistered AgentThe organization having legal responsibility for the product in the target market for example a company to which market authorization has been issued.
REMIT_TORemit ToOrganization to whom funds are directed for payment of a commercial invoice.
RETURNABLE_ASSET_SERVICE_CENTREReturnable Asset Service CentreThe location where a returnable asset is serviced.
SELLERSellerOrganization which sells products or services to a buyer.
SERVICE_PROVIDERService ProviderAn organization providing services for another organization (e.g. re-packing supplier's products).
SHIP_FROMShip FromOrganization from where goods will be or have been shipped.
SHIP_TOShip ToOrganization which receives goods and invoices.
SLAUGHTERERSlaughtererThe Organization who has undertaken or will undertake a slaughter.
STOREStoreA physical entity that sells products to a consumer.
SUBSTITUTE_SUPPLIERSubstitute SupplierOrganization which may be in a position to supply products or services should the main usual supplier be unable to do so.
SUPPLIERSupplierAn organization that provides goods or services.
TRANSPORTATION_CARRIERTransportation CarrierOrganization undertaking or arranging transport of goods between named points.
VISITING_ADDRESSVisiting AddressAn enterprise's physical location where guests are received during set working hours
WAREHOUSE_AND_OR_DEPOTWarehouse and or DepotIndustrial department of a company equipped with appropriate equipment and fittings in which goods are stored in appropriate conditions.
WAREHOUSE_KEEPERWarehouse KeeperOrganization taking responsibility for goods entered into a warehouse.
WHOLESALERWholeSalerSeller of articles, often in large quantities, to be retailed by others.

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Has Organization Rolegs1:OrganizationRoleTypeThe role and/or purpose of a party (i.e. legal entity or function). Multiple values from gs1:OrganizationRoleType code list may be associated to a single organisation/party.

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