In that time, we’ve:
- Added important countries such as Spain and, today, Ireland (we’re still importing the Irish data, and reckon there’s probably something under 100,000 still to go)
- Added a way of grouping companies together, linked to the Wikipedia (and DBpedia) entries, and thus made the job of mapping out multinationals feasible for the first time
- Started collecting information on statutory filings (we now have over 40 million)
- Improved our Google Refine reconciliation service for matching company names to the likely legal entities.
- Shown concrete examples of how OpenCorporates can be used cleaning up broken government data
- Won an award at the European Open Data Challenge
Not made for a self-funded micro-startup (and, of course, the open data community, without which we couldn’t have done it).
What should we do next? You tell us. Work on the API, to make it easier to get information out of it? Concentrate on adding more jurisdictions? Add more data? Allow users to add data and connections between companies?
In the meantime, please help us by tweeting about OpenCorporates, +1’ing us, liking us on Facebook, and above all linking to us. With your help, we can make sure the biggest and best database of company information in the world is an openly licensed one.