A brief history of shell companies: must read for company data wonks

Here at OpenCorporates, we really care about official company data – and getting this data right means we need to know a lot about the nature of legal entities, what a company is, and what its legal personality actually means, particularly in a world where companies are ever increasing in number, speed and complexity. Every … Continue reading A brief history of shell companies: must read for company data wonks

At last: corporate events for everyone

We're proud to announce that we have now released the first public release of OpenCorporates’ new corporate events system. This has been a really substantial project that's been more complex and more difficult than we expected, and threw up many issues and questions along the way. And there's still much more work to be done … Continue reading At last: corporate events for everyone

It’s official: EU Company Registers to go open data (subject to…)

Great news: last week, the Council of Europe approved the "Directive on open data and the re-use of public sector information" (press release). This was the last opportunity for the directive to be rejected or changed, and it will go into force 20 days after the directive is published in the EU Official Journal (probably … Continue reading It’s official: EU Company Registers to go open data (subject to…)

Strata keynote: The irresistible rise of White Box Data

To coincide with our launch of OpenCorporates' new White Paper, The White Box Revolution – on how Black Box Data is being replaced with transparent, well-defined data with open IDs – our co-founder and CEO, Chris Taggart, last week presented a keynote at Strata EU, Europe's largest big data conference. Entitled the Irresistible Rise of … Continue reading Strata keynote: The irresistible rise of White Box Data

Black Box Data addiction will kill your business, warns new report

For the past 50 years, companies, regulators, investigators and journalists have mostly used ‘Black Box’ data - data that is opaque, not well defined, uses proprietary identifiers, and has poor data quality feedback loops. But continued reliance on this data could put a firm out of business within five years, according to a new report by OpenCorporates.