What is the Open Apparel Registry?

The Open Apparel Registry (OAR) is an open source tool which maps garment facilities worldwide and assigns a unique ID number to each.

It is a go-to source for identifying apparel facilities and their affiliations by collating disparate supplier lists from industry stakeholders into one central, open source map and database.

The collated database of facility names, addresses and affiliated parties is powered by an advanced name and address-matching algorithm and is available for use by any organization, for free, to:

  • Update and standardize facility names and addresses against the database

  • Understand affiliations of current and prospect facilities to identify opportunities for collaboration

  • Find potential new suppliers, listed with their credentials and affiliations

  • Leverage the OAR ID as a unique and shared ID across software systems and databases 

The OAR compiles data from multiple sources including large datasets from multistakeholder initiatives (MSIs), brand and retailer supplier lists, facilities and factory groups, service providers, government databases and more. The data is published under an open data license, Creative Commons CC-BY-SA 4.0. 

How does it work?

The list of searchable facilities in the Open Apparel Registry (OAR) is compiled from lists submitted by contributors. The application uses statistical text analysis to compare newly submitted items to the existing list of facilities in an attempt to automatically match highly similar items. Where the similarities between items are weaker, the application will present a potential match, requiring confirmation from the contributor / user.

For more detailed information on how the system processes lists, click here.

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