What is a data aggregator?
GS1 Source is actually a network of data aggregators. A data aggregator provides the service of storing product data in the appropriate format and making it available to those companies that want to use it. Each data aggregator stores information about a certain number of products. It can access product information stored in other data aggregators via a global index which keeps track of which aggregator stores information about which products.
Definition of a data aggregator: "Data Aggregator(s) means those persons or entities which are capable of facilitating the registration and dissemination of Brand Owner Data to Internet Application Providers by utilizing the GS1 Source Index and the GS1 Source Network in conformity with the standards and policies adopted or implemented by GS1 Data Excellence from time to time."
Who can be a data aggregator?
Any organisation can apply to be a data aggregator. All organisations that successfully complete the certification process will become part of the GS1 Source framework. This means they can be connected to other GS1 Source Certified Data Aggregators to share brand-owner authorised product information provided within the framework with application developers. For the initial round of certification, many prospective data aggregators have gone through a prequalification process. The goal of this process (which closed end September 2013) was to show that they have the appropriate technical infrastructure available to provide data aggregator services.
View list of prequalified data aggregators
Do data aggregators need to be actual data recipients of a GDSN data pool?
Data aggregators need to have a contract with a certified GDSN data pool. If their customers have data stored in a GDSN data pool that they want to use, then the data aggregator will receive that data from the data pool as a GDSN data recipient.
Can a single technology platform service multiple data aggregators and should the technology platform be the one certifying with GS1? The answer is two-fold. A single technology platform can service multiple data aggregators, but all GS1 Data Aggregators must complete certification independently. This means that technology platforms should NOT be certifying themselves unless they are becoming a GS1 Data Aggregator in their own right. GS1 Source Certification Learn about the certification process