National Supplies Vocabulary (NSV) was the UK Government standard for item level-coding. It was maintained by the NSV centre in Southampton, who were privatised in 1999.
There are over 500,000 NSV codes. Each of these describe a functionally unique item. In some cases this may be a generic item, such as an HB pencil with an erasor, or it could be a branded item.
The NSV system consists of two key elements: Codes and Standardised Descriptions. The standardised descriptions are built up from the attributes of the product in a standard manner.
This structure makes the system very good for training Artificial Intelligence systems. cloudBuy was seeking to achieve improvements in two areas:-
The individual NSV codes are then linked to supplier part numbers and descriptions of the items.