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Opening up Product Data!

Katelyn Rogers - February 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

Two weeks ago, together with our friends at Provenance and Hub Westminster, we organised a two part event to discuss the what, why and how of opening up product data.  The seeds for this event were sown months back …

Opening Up Product Data

Katelyn Rogers - January 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

Our goal: Collaborate to build the largest open product database in the world. Join us if you are interested in open data, smart things and the future of retail and product design. No prior knowledge or technical skill required.

The …

Open letter to GS1 : The Benefits and Potential of an Open GEPIR

Philippe Plagnol - December 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

Dear GS1 and GS1 Member Organisations,

For over 40 years, GS1 has succeeded in creating a unique and standard identifier, what we know as the barcode, for the vast majority of commercialised products.  Through your 108 Member organisations operating across …

Brand Standard Identifier Number (BSIN): Open Product Data Working Group Launches a Brand Repository!

Philippe Plagnol - December 20, 2013 in Uncategorized


In order to build a meaningful database of all the products in the world, it is important that we are able to link essential attributes of the product to the product itself. One obvious attribute that we have wanted to …

Who is hiding behind the barcode?

Katelyn Rogers - October 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

GS1 GEPIRProducts are part of our everyday life but it is not always easy to know who actually produces the products that we buy. GS1 has developed a solution  but have, of late, been restricting access to this service, excluding consumers

Open Product Data for the Future Consumer

Katelyn Rogers - October 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

The world’s largest open product database joins Open Knowledge Foundation and you can get involved!

We vote with our wallet everyday, but are rarely aware of everything we endorse through our purchases. Product supply chains are complex, our ethical …

Opening Product Data for a more responsible world

Katelyn Rogers - September 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

By Philippe Plagnol: Founder of Product 

Data on the products we buy is rarely viewed as something to be opened. But in fact, the international standards that make it possible for products to be traded across borders can be used …