PRESS RELEASE Thursday, June 16, 2011
OpenCorporates :: The Open Database Of The Corporate World is proud to announce that it has won one of the highly contested Best Application awards in the European OpenDataChallenge.
This award culminates what has been an amazing period for OpenCorporates, which launched less than six months ago. In that time, OpenCorporates has gone from a couple of million companies and 3 jurisdictions to over nearly 15 million companies and over 20 jurisdictions.
Not only does this allow you to do a search across all territories for companies by name (e.g. show me all the companies named ‘Barclays’), it allows companies to be browsed by type of company, jurisdiction, company status and data help by them.
By having the data in one place also allows the data featuring company names to be matched in bulk to legal entities – an example of this is the innovative matching of the Charity Commission’s data performed last month for an open data case study (https://opencorporates.wordpress.com/2011/05/19/case-study-fixing-broken-government-information-with-open-data/).
The data in OpenCorporates is increasingly being provided by the open data community, who have risen up to the challenge offered by an innovative bounty project with ScraperWiki.com, to open up information from jurisdictions as far afield as Solvenia, Singapore and Wyoming.
Writing on her blog last month, Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission, said, “It [OpenCorporates] pulls together the information from the company registries of different countries to create an open and unified database everybody can use. This is the kind of resource the (Digital) Single Market needs and it is encouraging to see that it is being built.”
Chris Taggart, the CEO and co-founder of OpenCorporates, said, “This award is a fantastic endorsement for OpenCorporates, and the opening of company data that OpenCorporates is pioneering. Increasingly we are finding that the data we are making available is being used not just for activists but for governments and other companies too.”
Note to Editors: OpenCorporates was awarded third place in the Best App category in the OpenDataChallenge awards, one of 5 winners from the UK, in a highly contested competition which attracted 430 entries.