Data & Technology

Data in the Open Apparel Registry is contributed and used by organizations all over the world, including major global brands, civil society organizations, multi-stakeholder initiatives, certification schemes, factory groups and more.

The OAR ID

Each facility in the OAR is allocated its own unique 15 digit ID number. OAR IDs do not replace any existing ID schemas. They serve as a central source of truth alongside name and address data.

How data in the OAR is processed and moderated

All data contributed to the tool is processed by the OAR’s algorithm to detect whether or not the facility already exists in the database. The OAR team also proactively moderates data, to maintain consistently high quality, trustworthy data.

Who Can Contribute Data to the OAR?

Any organization with apparel facility name and address data can contribute to the OAR, including major global brands, civil society organizations, multi-stakeholder initiatives, certification schemes, factory groups and more.

What do "Open Data" and "Open Source" mean?

"Open data” is data that can be freely used, shared and built on by anyone, anywhere, for any purpose. “Open source” refers to opening up the code written to build a platform.

Developer Resources

Are you a developer looking for more technical details about the OAR? Check out our Developer Resources.