On April 1, 2015, Public Works and Government Services Canada will update its presence on the Government of Canada’s Open Data portal. None of the changes will impact the data in PWGSC’s Tender Notices, Contract History, Goods and Services Identification Number, and Standing Offers and Supply Arrangements datasets found at the Government of Canada Open Data Portal. Nevertheless, we will remove some files and update the Procurement Data Dictionary. A complete list of the changes coming April 1, 2015 is available on Buyandsell.gc.ca: https://buyandsell.gc.ca/updates-to-pwgsc-procurement-data-on-the-open-data-portal
Goods and Services Identification Number
The Government of Canada uses Goods and Services Identification Number (GSIN) codes to identify generic product descriptions for its procurement activities. On Buyandsell.gc.ca, GSIN codes connect all of the procurement information, including Tender Notices, Award Notices, Standing Offers and Supply Arrangements, and Contract History.
The GSIN CSV file published on this page is updated on an “as needed” frequency, when codes are either created or deactivated on Buyandsell.gc.ca. Visit the "About GSIN Codes" page to learn more: https://buyandsell.gc.ca/procurement-data/goods-and-services-identification-number/about-gsin-codes.
The Procurement Data Dictionary offers a description of each data field contained in the GSIN file, as well as other datasets published on Buyandsell.gc.ca. The XML file is meant to be used as a guide for understanding the various data elements. It is updated on an “as needed” frequency to reflect changes to data elements on Buyandsell.gc.ca.
- Publisher - Current Organization Name: Public Services and Procurement Canada
- Publisher - Organization Name at Publication: Public Works and Government Services Canada
- Licence: Open Government Licence - Canada
Geographic Region Name:
- British Columbia
I find the documents hard to download or manipulate in the formats as they are today. I prefer excel. Procurement Officer RCMP
Thank you for your interest in the Goods and Services Identification Number Dataset. Open data is defined as structured data that is machine readable, freely shared, used and built on without restrictions (for more information: http://open.canada.ca/en/open-data-principles). Amongst the recommended formats are CSV, XML and RDF. PWGSC standardized on these recommended formats. If you are using Excel version 2007 and higher you can view the file by clicking on the Office Button, selecting OPEN and the CSV file name. Once the CSV file is Open, you can convert the CSV file into an Excel format by selecting ‘SAVE AS’ followed by ‘EXCEL WORKBOOK’ in the ‘SAVE as TYPE’ drop down menu.
Are the GSINs in this source list consistent with those found via the "Search by Commodity (HTML)" function at http://sriclient.contractscanada.gc.ca/index-eng.cfm?
Thank you for your feedback. We have forwarded your comment to the dataset provider for their response. Best regards, the Open Government Team
Thank you for your interest in the Goods and Services Identification Number Dataset. Yes, the GSIN dataset published on the Open Government portal is consistent with the data found in the "Search by Commodity (HTML)" function at http://sriclient.contractscanada.gc.ca/index-eng.cfm?
Missing some GSIN Description
Hello, Thank you for flagging this. I have sent your comment to the data owner for follow-up purposes. Thank you, Tasha, the Open Government Team
Thank you for your interest in the Goods and Services Identification Number Dataset. We have verified our current “GSIN Codes” csv file and cannot identify any missing definitions. Our resource file is complete. Please note that the csv file contains active GSINs only: inactive GSINs are not included in this file.
On Wednesday, June 22, 2016, important updates were made to our open data files. The "End of feed" line was removed from the data files and a “Date file published" column was added. The new “Date file published” column indicates the date (YYYY-MM-DD) and time that the data file was generated.