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The Open Product Data project is a comprehensive source for open barcode data. As of May 2014, they have close to a million products in their database. The data is accessible online, through an Android app (source code), and available for download under the Open Data Commons Open Database License (ODbL).


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I recently set out to do this. https://www.datakick.org/ The mission: Build a database of every product in the world that is free to everyone. It's licensed under CC0 (Public Domain Dedication) and all the information is available for download. There aren't many products yet, but it's a start for those who want to make this a reality.


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In short, no, there is no comprehensive open database of EAN 13 barcodes. I worked on a project that required UPC information and I found out that this data is not only hard to get, but what is there is often incomplete or poorly formed. I subscribed to SimpleUPC's API service to do some testing on matching products to parent companies. Manufacturer names ...


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Short answer, no. Long answer - there are attempts at creating a "global" or should I say "universal" UPC database and there are some vendors with large UPC databases (and even those who provide API access), but none of them are hardly "universal". This is a problem that I have personally been grappling with. At work I manage a large number of SKUs (in the ...


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OpenFoodFacts takes care of food-related products with EAN and related information.


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In the future, Wikidata will be the best, but for now, the most pragmatic solution is to use DBpedia. Go to the Smartphone page of DBpedia Scroll to the is dbpprop:type of section On the right is a list of 300 smartphones Each of these pages has a lot of information like CPU speed, weight, battery, storage, etc This information is available as RDF/JSON/CSV. ...


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I've been using http://www.ean-search.org/ for a while. Seems pretty good.


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Not knowing what you've already found, do you want something like this: http://www.upcdatabase.com/ http://gepir.gs1.org/v32/xx/ There was a question like this, two actually, over on Stack Overflow. Each of these has more links and help: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/1050194/database-of-commercial-barcodes https://stackoverflow.com/questions/...


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I would suggest looking into scraping/programmatically downloading this data from Wikipedia. The data can be found in the right infobox of device pages (such as http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPhone_3G). You can get a list of devices at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smartphone#Devices and also a comparison table which might have everything you want at http://en....


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Grocery.com has launched (Sept. 20, 2014) an open data project ("open grocery database project") to list UPC codes, brand, product and other information on products sold in grocery stores. According to their website: We start with a small installment. Our first file contains a little over 100K grocery products with the following data points: grp_id, upc14, ...


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Amazon has an API for this, and then there's always web-scraping.


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BestBuy publishes product data through Products API or in RDF/XML dumps (see sitemap here). Linked Open Commerce is an attempt to aggregate data from e-shops, including descriptions of products. An older (2009) attempt to publish product data is ProductDB.


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We're actually looking for a new maintainer for the project. The new version is running on Django and the source code is here: https://github.com/okfn/labs-opd Any interest :)? Cheers, Dan


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http://www.isbndb.com has a good API that uses XML calls/responses to get new/used prices from Amazon.com as well as a number of other sites like abebooks, half.com, etc...


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www.keepa.com is a similar website to camelcamelcamel. I cannot find a way to download the data but maybe you will. In addition, Terapeak provide a free package with limited api calls (500/months) where you can find historical prices.


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As I can understand from this blog post they split the database in groups of interest and they update products in base of these groups. Without Ι know more than this blog post, several companies provide the option to contact with them and arrange a different paid package for their API. I don't know if this is the case for Amazon, but why not?


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Following this discussion, the product open database might be what you are looking for.


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We have several product reviews indexed at https://www.datafiniti.net. Here is a search for every product we have with reviews: link. Many reviews have text, title, date, rating, etc.


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You can also scrape (or better yet contact and ask the folks at) https://thetracktor.com which seems to have some great historical data. EDIT - Adding example: https://thetracktor.com/ajax/prices/?id=881549&days=90 is the JSON response powering the graph at https://thetracktor.com/detail/B0054JJ0QW/, for example.


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Semantics3 has an API for products. It gives you UPC, dimensions of products, pricing and other details that typically show up on an Amazon search. Semantics3 is not open data, but there is a free tier that allows 1000 API calls per day, which may be enough for experimentating.


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[Update: As of Jan 25 2015, the page linked in this answer no longer provides the download page or the POD site. A search on the website shows something related to accessing this POD but after quite a bit of search, it doesn't appear that any of this data is actually available.] The most promising open data source at least for sellable products seems the ...


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The National (US) Renewable Energy Laboratory provide open-source LCI (Life Cycle Inventories) for products, which contain inputs to and outputs from production of products. From the "on the project" page: The U.S. Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) Database is a publicly available database that allows users to objectively review and compare analysis results ...


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Parts Manufacturer Approvals FAA actually publishes parts approvals, but Google doesn't show it in top results: http://rgl.faa.gov/Regulatory_and_Guidance_Library/rgpma.nsf/MainFrame?OpenFrameSet This database contains the FAA Parts Manufacturer Approvals and may be viewed by make, PMA Holder, and part number. Aircraft Replacement Parts Guide A ...


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Here is a dataset of Amazon product reviews - nearly 150 reviews spanning 8 years across various products http://jmcauley.ucsd.edu/data/amazon/


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UHTT on Github: https://github.com/papyrussolution/UhttBarcodeReference. They say: The largest and most accurate open reference book of bar codes on the Internet! If you do not believe it, the search engines will help dispel doubts. Slightly less than 3 million bar codes of ean13, ean8, upc-e, upc-a standards with corresponding names, brands and ...


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For the ISBN's, you may find interest in Worldcat. It allows searching with ISBN codes, and by language. Hindi is one of the searchable languages. They also offer an API, but to perform unrestricted search requests you have to be affiliated to a Library, otherwise it's free. The other alternative is also to write your own API that scraps the results off web ...


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The CPI indices from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics is probably what you're looking for. While it doesn't tell you what the price of 12 ounces of Coca Cola is, it does tell you what the average price of, say, "carbonated beverages" is over time. It will take some munging, but the raw data is located here


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It looks you can get product+barcode data commercially from http://www.mynetfair.com. At least http://www.barcoo.com uses their data. However, barcoo also crowd-collects so that may be bidirectional. (I like what they do and hope they will include allergy info with their food data at some time)


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Not exactly what you are looking for but any cosmetic containing sunscreen is in the Structured Product Label dataset at FDA (http://labels.fda.gov/), which is part of the openFDA effort (https://open.fda.gov/drug/label/).


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